What's In A Cover Letter?

You’ve found the perfect job and you’ve tailored your CV to within an inch of your life – frankly you’d prefer to lie down in a dark room to recover, so what would make you go that extra mile and create a perfect cover letter? Well in short it’s your first chance to make a great impression and it indicates you are serious about this job in particular, so here are our top tips on how to get into that interview room.

 

The essentials:

  • Thoroughly research the job and the company and include some things about the company that appealed to you and why this encouraged you to apply. This shows them you have already invested your time into finding out more about them.
  • Give the company a ring to find out more about the role. Most employers would be happy to spare a few minutes discussing the role with an interested candidate. You can then use some of the information you find out in your cover letter.
  • Always start your cover letter from scratch each time. Keep it simple but craft it carefully.
  • Find out the name of the person dealing with applications, it will add a personal touch to the letter, rather than ‘Dear Sir/Madam’.
  • Use a three paragraph structure (no more than one page in total):
  1. Briefly highlight how you meet the criteria for the job.
  2. Cover why you are applying and why you are interested in the role.
  3. Tell them about yourself and any other information you think is relevant.
  • Put ‘Yours Sincerely’ if you know the recipient’s name or ‘Yours Faithfully’ if you are addressing the letter ‘Dear Sir/ Madam’.
  • Make sure any experience or skills you mention corresponds to the job description and person specification.
  • Spell check thoroughly – not just using the tool, but also check the actual spellings of words which can be easily swapped accidentally such as too and to, they’re, their and there etc.
  • Make sure your letter is saved into PDF format so it stays as you designed it to look.

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