Your CV should always be accompanied by a cover letter and should be approximately between 150-200 words.
When writing your cover letter you need to think about your target audience and tailor each application accordingly. Your cover letter is a chance for you to write an overview and explain to the potential employer the reason for your application and your interest in the company. It should contain key words and phrases and include your most relevant skills and achievements to date.
Read the job advert and the requirements of the role beforehand and carefully consider where you have the skills demonstrated they are requesting; you should provide examples in your CV to support your cover letter. You should highlight particular parts of your CV that are your unique selling points and supply any additional information that does not fit neatly into your CV.
Content to include:
- Briefly introduce yourself
- State the post you are applying for and where you saw it advertised
- Explain why you are interested in this type of work
- Explain why you are interested in the employer; demonstrate enthusiasm and evidence of research into the company
- Highlight what makes you suitable for the post and show how your key strengths reflect their requirements.
- End by respectfully asking for the chance to discuss the opportunities further in your final paragraph.
- Ensure there are no error or spelling mistakes and respectfully
- If you know the name of the recipient, you should end your letter with 'Yours Sincerely', but if your letter is addressed ‘Dear Sir / Madam’ it should end with ‘Yours Faithfully’
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