How to write a cover letter?

Cover letters are a piece of writing that you can include with your Curriculum Vitae (CV) or application form when applying for a job. Similar to the purpose of a personal statement in a University application, they provide you with the opportunity to let the company to which you are applying, get to know a bit more about you and what would make you suitable for the role.

In order to prepare a cover letter, you must research the position and company for which you are applying. This will ensure that your cover letter includes directed and relevant information, which will allow you to impress the reader with your knowledge. Try to make sure you find out information about what your role would include, what the company does, and other important information such as how well the company is doing and things they may be implementing to improve business. This will show the reader that you have a genuine and keen interest in becoming a member of their team, and will make you stand out from the other applicants.

Another point you may wish to research is the details of the person within the company who deals with the applications. As this will allow you to address your cover letter to that specific person, which will help to ensure it is not missed and also make a good impression.

Try to keep your cover letter brief, one side of A4 should suffice. Also, as with any piece of work, ensure you proofread your cover letter before sending it off. Nothing would be more off putting to an employer than spelling or grammar mistakes in your cover letter, as this would suggest to them that you will regularly make mistakes. Ensure that your work is typed in an easy-to-read font that does not draw attention from what you have written.

The steps in preparing a cover letter:

  1. A straight-forward opening that states exactly what the purpose of this letter is. For example, if applying for a role of human resources manager, you could write: “I would like to express my interest in being considered for the role of human resources manager”. Although brief, this clearly states your interest in the specific position. You could also include where you found out about the job (eg. a job search engine, an advert, or if referred by an individual it is advisable to include their name in this section).
  2. Trying not to repeat things too much from your CV, write a paragraph explaining why you are suitable for the role (eg. your qualifications and skills that are relevant to the requirements in the job advertisement).
  3. Expanding on your CV but still trying not to be too repetitive, emphasise what you could bring to the company if hired for this role.
  4. Reiterate how interested you are in the role and why you would be suitable for it, before stating that you would be keen on meeting with the employer for an interview.
  5. Sign off your letter in a formal manner, such as “Yours sincerely” or “Kind regards” and your name.

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