Cover letters are one of those things that new job seekers can struggle with from time to time when it comes to writing up their applications. Knowing how to write one that stands out, and whether you need one in the first place, are a couple of things that new job seekers might wonder when writing up applications. Some organisations will ask you to write one, while others may not – but either way, being able to put your best foot forward in a good cover letter is one way to get a prospective employer’s attention!
So, to help you write a cover letter that can help you land your next job, we’ve got a few tips for you!
Have a read of the job advertisement and what the organisation is looking for in your application. If you are dealing with a recruitment agency, a recruiter looks at your CV and rarely reviews the cover letter, and so it may not be necessary. On the other hand, if you are dealing directly with an organisation then you may need to prepare a cover letter.
Keep it brief, but not generic. Try and keep your cover letter no longer than one page, but be sure to clearly address the key required skills and experience mentioned in the ad. Your CV is where the detail should be, so think of your cover letter as a summary that answers the job advertisement in a more succinct manner. Tailor it to the job advertisement, and don’t forget to address it to the correct person, if possible!
Proofread and spell check. Then repeat.
You want to put your best foot forward and make a lasting impression for the right reasons. Sending a document with typos, poor grammar and spelling mistakes may lead to your potential employer thinking that this is the type of work you will produce if you join them.
Putting the time in to write a good cover letter can help your application stand out from the rest!
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