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How to write a cover letter

A cover letter is a brief, formal document with a personal touch that introduces yourself and your interest in the available position.

It is normal practice for a cover letter to accompany a job application unless requested otherwise by the employer. It is often a good idea to prepare a generic cover letter and then customise it for each job you apply for.

Your cover letter should be separated into the three key areas outlined below:

Introduction

In this section you should clearly define who you are and why you are writing the letter. It is important to name the position you are applying for or the field you are seeking employment in.

If somebody else has referred you, mention their name and acknowledge their recommendation.

Middle

This section is where you demonstrate how your previous employment, education, knowledge and skills match the requirements of the position you are applying for. Also explain here how you believe you will make a substantial contribution to your potential new employer.

Remember to be positive and use professional language. Keeping your sentences short and simple will allow you to get straight to the point.

Wrapping Up

Be confident and pro-active in your conclusion. If you feel that you have the required skills and experience, show your interest and confidence by requesting an interview.

Remember to review your letter and ask a friend or colleague to check for spelling or grammatical errors. Small typing mistakes could mean the difference between landing your dream job and just missing out.

You can write and store multiple cover letters and templates within your ConnectCV account!