The Perfect Cover Letter

The Perfect Cover Letter

The Cover Letter (or Email) will most likely be read before your CV.

Use this piece of real estate to grab their attention and tempt the employer with some juicy morsels from your CV.  An employer is usually looking for 2 things: they want someone who can do the job, but also someone who wants to do the job. The covering letter is a great way to showcase this.

If done properly, your covering letter can make the difference between success and failure. Read on for our Top Tips on what to include...

  1. Put your name and address in the top right hand corner, the employer’s name and address on the left with the date below. Try to find out who exactly in the company will be dealing with your application and address it to them.
     
  2. In the first paragraph, state what you are applying for, where you saw the job advertised, and give an overview of why you are applying for it.
     
  3. Why do you want the job? Although your main motivation may be ‘for the money’ , it is better to try and choose an aspect of the job that particularly appeals to you and explain why.
     
  4. Use specific requirements that are mentioned in the job description, drop these terms in when describing yourself.
     
  5. Try not to repeat the information on your CV (the cover letter is meant to be read in conjunction with your CV).
     
  6. Sign off with ‘Yours Sincerely’.
     
  7. Check you have included all your contact details.
     
  8. Now, do a word count – your letter should fit onto one side of A4. Around 400 words, sized at 12 point, is a good figure to aim for.
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