A covering letter highlights your relevant strengths and motivation for the job and organisation you are applying to, and markets you effectively by complementing your CV. While there isn’t one way to write a covering letter there are some key things to consider to ensure you follow a logical structure and engage the employer in reading your letter.
Even if you’re organised enough to have an up to date CV to hand, you’ll need to tailor it before it’s good to go. Mass mailings can sometimes get you an interview, but it’s hit and miss. That’s because one of the most common misconceptions about CVs is that it they are all about showcasing yourself. This article will provide you with a framework, a few examples and some guidelines to follow when writing a CV and covering letter, in line with common practice. It will also help you to focus on what you’re trying to achieve.
Your Cover Letter is your key marketing document. Whereas the CV is a factual record of your experience, the Cover Letter is a chance for you to argue your case and prove how good a match you are for this particular opportunity. The purpose of the Cover Letter is to answer the questions: Why me? And Why this job?
After hours spent crafting your CV, it can seem a little superfluous to transfer the information into letter format. However, your covering letter shouldn’t be a regurgitation of your CV. Instead, it should zoom in on a few key skills and experiences on your CV that the employer values the most. As a result, your cover letter should be bespoke for every application.
Cover letters are as important to your job application as your CV and yet they are often rushed out as an afterthought. This is your chance to show recruiters why you’d be good at the job and get them interested. Get it wrong, and that perfectly crafted CV you spent so long on could have been a complete waste of time. So whatever your current work situation and experience, we have a cover letter template to suit you.