Cover Letter Tips

Writing a Cover Letter

Businesses now rarely request a cover letter, expecting your CV to outline all of your key skills and experience to support your application. If it is not requested, you should not send a cover letter as it is unlikely to be read. Simply tailor your CV to highlight your fit for the role being advertised and include any additional information in your profile section (see Writing a Great CV).

If a cover letter is requested to support your application, you should take your time over this and ensure you do a good job. Your cover letter should flow nicely. Spelling and grammar are important, and do not fall into the trap of trying to overcomplicate it. A good length is one of two paragraphs for each question, and 2/3rds of a page in total.

To write a good cover letter you will need to research the company online. This, combined with the job description for the role should allow you to create a great covering letter.

Cover Letter Layout

Start with a polite greeting and introduce yourself, before addressing the following simple questions:

  1. Why do you want to work in the industry / sector / department?

Have you always been interested in IT? Have you recently gained a Marketing qualification? Have you always enjoyed working with your hands and love Engineering?

  1. Why do you want to work for the specific business?

This may relate to the products or service that the business provides, the culture and values of the organisation, or the reputation that it has in the local market.

  1. What skills and experience can you bring to the role?

This may relate to the products or service that the business provides, the culture and values of the organisation, development and training opportunities or the reputation that it has locally.


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