What to include in a ‘Cover Letter’

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A covering letter is extremely relevant when applying for a job, it should be securely attached to your CV, or application form because it could consequently determine whether you are selected for an interview.

Get it wrong and you have wasted a perfectly crafted good CV, covering letters are often an afterthought and are rushed but this is an excellent opportunity to market yourself.

Format Guidelines:

  • Address the covering letter to a named employee of the company.
  • Keep it brief, no more than two or three paragraphs on an A4 size sheet of paper; it is too time consuming to read anything longer than two or three paragraphs.

Content Guidelines:

  • Clearly state your enthusiasm for the job role and your eagerness to work for the company.
  • Concisely explain what you have got to offer and what you can bring to the company.
  • Outline any outstanding achievements, in a few words, and express a willingness to learn and progress.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the company; your sole objective is to accurately portray your qualities and make your CV stand out.
  • If you are unemployed and you have gaps in your CV – explain this in your covering letter.
  • If you are a graduate your CV could resemble hundreds of other graduates, but it is your covering letter which could distinguish you from other graduates.
  • If you are applying for your first job – stress your motivation in your covering letter, you need to convince an employer why they should offer you a job.

Read and re-read your letter several times, be one hundred percent certain that there are no spelling or grammatical errors, you will probably immediately disqualify yourself if you are not careful or accurate enough in your sentence-construction and spelling of the English language.

The presentation of a covering letter and curriculum vitae will decide if you are chosen to attend an interview.