How to write a cover letter


What is a Cover Letter?

For those unsure, a cover letter is a document attached to your CV. It is an overview of your skills and experience and should be relevant to the job you are applying for. You can highlight the areas you feel would stand out to the hiring Manager. Ensure every cover letter is tailored to the role you are applying for, do not simply change the title of the role. 

A cover letter should be concise and easy to read. You have a few seconds to stand out to the reader before they decide whether or not they should look at your CV so keep it simple! 

Keep the letter professional, for example, include your name and address at the top right hand side and address the letter to the hiring Manager if you know their name, if not then Sir or Madam.

Start with the job description, what does the job involve? Do you have the relevant skills and if so, how can you prove this based on your past experience. 

Researching the company and using facts relating to your skills will show you have made the effort to learn about the company.

Keep your paragraphs short and direct, making the cover letter around half of an A4 page at the most a whole A4 page but any more and the reader will get bored. 

Here are some helpful tips on how to start your paragraphs: 

First Paragraph

I wish to apply for the ....... role currently being advertised on Computappoint. Please find enclosed my CV for your consideration. 

Explain which job you are applying for and where you saw it advertised.

Second Paragraph

As you can see from my attached CV..

Describe your qualifications including professional and academic if they are relevant to the role. Read the job description again and ensure you list the skills that mirror the description. If you find you don't have enough work experience, demonstrate personal skills that will help you in the role and explain how. 

Third Paragraph

In my current role.. 

What can you do for the company, here you should emphasise by using practical examples, can you talk about a past or current role where you made a difference and if so how did it benefit the company.

"I have been responsible for the growth of our client enquiries by 80% in just 4 months, which helped the business increase its revenue by....."

Fourth Paragraph

Why are you interested in this role and why would you be good at it, remember not to repeat what you have previously said but reiterate. You can state how you can help the company and how you can add to their success.

Your closing paragraph should end with a call to action. Should you be successful to the next stage of the hiring process let them know how they can contact you and when you are available. Thank the reader for their time and sign it off with "Yours sincerely".

Overall your cover letter is a chance to sell yourself to the Company, what makes you unique and how can you benefit the team. By marketing yourself and demonstrating your skills and qualifications you can build a case as to why your a great contender for the role.



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