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BLOG: Writing A Covering Letter

First Impressions

A covering letter is the first impression an employer will have of you. To make sure you make a good first impression, make sure your covering letter is well written and supports what is said in your CV. Also make sure your covering letter is spelling mistake free and makes sense. The best way to make sure of this is to read it aloud or get a friend or family member to read it over for you.

Short and Sweet

Your covering letter should be fairly short and to the point, don’t waffle on for ages! Stick to the most relevant information, your skills and achievements and what you can bring to the workplace.

Covering letters allow you to go into more detail about the roles you’ve had in the past and the skills you’ve gained. Make sure you really sell yourself and highlight exactly what you have to offer.

If you have any gaps in your CV, you should go over this in your covering letter. Even if there are gaps for negative reasons, still explain the situation and say what you learned from the experience.

Individuality

Make sure you make each covering letter unique to each employer. Name the company in the letter, talk specifically about the job role and job description. Don’t send out identical covering letters to multiple companies. Some job adverts will list an employee’s name that the application needs to be sent off too. If this is the case, name that person at the start of the covering letter.

If you’ve had to fill out an application form and have talked about having a disability, the covering letter is a good place to go into more detail about that. However, if you don’t want to you don’t have to.  

Enthusiasm

The covering letter is a great chance to show your passion and enthusiasm for the job you’d like to apply for. Make sure you have a powerful opening paragraph that explains why you’re the best person for the job and why you want to work for the company. This is your opportunity to stand out and get the employer interested in you and your application.

Signing Off

To finish your covering letter you should let the employer know that your CV is available and that you look forward to hearing from them. Your CV should have your preferred ways to contact you at the top.