When applying for a job it is important to send a cover letter along with your CV as a way of introducing yourself to your potential employer and to explain your suitability for the position. If the employer has requested a CV AND a cover letter and you do not provide a cover letter, they won’t read your CV.
Your CV and your cover letter are your first (and best) chance to make a good impression!
- Your cover letter should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those in the job description.
- Formatting your cover letter properly is very important. A standard font (such as Arial 12) should be used. Double and triple check for spelling or grammar errors. If you’re not sure if something’s correct, don’t use it.
Silly mistakes on your cover letter may mean it may end up in the NO pile quickly followed by your CV.
- Try to avoid using a generic greeting (i.e. Dear Sir or Madam) by finding out the name of a contact person if possible.
- Cover letters are generally one page at most in length, divided into an introduction, main body, and closing statement (start, middle and end).
- The content of the letter should be brief, clear and meaningful.
- Highlight your strengths and how they would apply to this specific employer and role.
- Close the letter with a polite thank you and mention you would enjoy the opportunity to meet in person to provide further information at an interview.
Please click here for a good practice guide to writing your Cover Letter. Following these and the above steps you will be set on your way toward writing the perfect cover letter.
Please click here to download an example of a Cover Letter
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