How to write a great cover letter

How to write a great cover letter

A cover letter is a document you send with your CV to a recruiter or hiring manager as a way to sell yourself and highlight your strengths before they look at your CV.

It should be specifically written for each job you’re applying for allowing you to highlight certain areas you think would make you right for that specific role. Here are our top 4 tips to writing a great cover letter.

1.Tailor your cover letter to the organisation and job role

You should change and edit your cover letter every time you apply for a different position. Sending out a generic cover letter for all applications won’t make you stand out from the crowd and shows lack of effort

2. Check and proofread

Always reread what you have written to check for spelling mistakes and to sense check it. Make sure that your own contact details and the company name and job title you are applying for are correct.

3. Format

Make sure the document is no more than 1 side of A4 and is clear and succinct. Use the same font and size as you use in your CV and make sure the details on your CV match up with what you are saying on the letter.

4. Show your USPs

Make sure you highlight your unique selling points (USPs). Be positive about what you have to offer and clearly outline how your skills and experience match the requirements in the job description. Give evidence to back up your claims. If you say you are a great team leader, explain a time you have shown this skill.

 

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