Covering Letters

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The covering letter and CV is the total package – your opportunity to sell yourself to employers.

They are going to be reading your covering letter before your CV so it’s important that it makes an impact.

Covering letters that create a good first impression are well constructed, don’t contain any spelling mistakes or bad grammar, and support what you are saying in your CV.

A good letter makes an employer sit up, take notice and want to read your CV. It will have more of an impact if it shows the employer that you have done your research.

Your letter will need to convince an employer that you want the job and that you’re the best person for it.

Your covering letter is a document that is individual to you and the job you’re applying for, but there are some general rules to stick to.

Your covering letter should draw attention to your most relevant skills and achievements.

Don’t rely on word processing spell checkers, as they don’t pick up everything.

It helps if you leave some time after completing the letter before checking it. This way you’ll look at it with fresh eyes.

When you’ve been working on one piece of work for a while, it can be difficult to spot any mistakes or errors.

It’s a good idea to ask someone else to check it over for you, to get a different perspective. Just like the employer, they will be reading it for the first time. They might also be able to make helpful suggestions and check that it flows well.

Keep your covering letter short and to the point. A maximum of five short paragraphs on a single page should be enough to get your message across. It will also be short enough for employers to read quickly.

If you use the same font and text size on your covering letter and CV it will look neat and professional.