A cover letter is essential for any job application. It gives you the chance to make a strong first impression and stand out from other applicants.
Here are a few tips for how to write a good cover letter:
Tailor to each application
Before writing think about who you are send it to; a recruiter or direct employer, HR manager or line manager and where possible address by name. Think about what the company does and what the role involves and refer to this in the letter.
Why you are applying
Introduce yourself and briefly describe your experience and skills. Show that you have researched the company and understand the vacancy and explain you are interested and why you would be suitable. Provide examples of relevant achievements where possible. If you don’t have the exact experience they are asking for what transferable skills do you have.
Explain any gaps in your employment history and anything the recruiter might question such as willingness to travel or work shifts.
Reiterate your interest and suitability, how to contact you and when you can attend interviews. Thank them for reading.
Proof reading – check and check again for spelling and grammar
Length – keep it to 3 or 4 short paragraphs
Email – include in the body of the email rather than send as an attachment, it should be quick and easy for the recruiter to read before opening your cv