Covering letters

Cover letters

The aim of a covering letter is to persuade the employer to read your CV, so it's vital to make an impact with yours. It needs to clearly highlight why you are interested in the job and why you are suitable.  

Top tips for a good covering letter:

  • Target it towards the employer and the job. Researching an Employer is essential to show knowledge of the position applied for, and how you fit within the company.
  • Use the covering letter to highlight relevant information from your CV – but don't just copy and paste.
  • You can use the covering letter to explain any abnormalities that arise in your CV, such as gaps in your employment history.
  • Make sure the paragraphs are short and clearly themed.
  • It should be no more than one side of A4.
  • Wherever possible, you should address the covering letter to a named person. If possible, ring the employer to find out the name of the person you should be writing to.
If you are a student or graduate with a disability, discolsing your disability it is a personal choice. You could choose to disclose your disability within the covering letter. Alternatively, you may choose to wait and discuss this in person at a later date. 

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