A covering letter is a great way for showing your motivation for applying to a particular job. Your CV will demonstrate your education, qualifications and experience but your covering letter will allow you to expand on why your skills and background make you a good candidate for the job.
It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your understanding of the employing organisation and how you relate to its values, ethos and aspirations.
Well-written covering letters are particularly effective for speculative applications outside a recruitment cycle.
Top tips for a cracking covering letter
Think like a recruiter!
Consider what the employer wants to know. Focus on what you can contribute to the organisation rather than how it can benefit you.
Keep it short
Try and keep your covering letter to one page, with short and clearly themed paragraphs.
Check it out
It is vital you proofread your covering letter carefully and present it well.
What to include
The following format provides a useful overview for a letter:
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