Covering Letter Writing Tips
A covering letter is sent with your CV to further outline your suitability for a job. But it needs to do a lot more than say, 'here is my CV!' It needs to outline why you are writing to the employer and explain why you're the best person for the job.
Here are some key things to remember when you're writing your covering letter:
- It should be no longer than one page long
- Include your name, address and contact details even if they are on your CV
- It should reference the job you are applying for and explain why you want the job
- Make sure you address the letter to the relevant person rather than starting 'Dear Sir/Madam'. If necessary phone up the company and ask them who in particular to address it to
- Make sure there are no spelling mistakes!
- Tailor the letter to the job you are applying for
- A professional business layout is important - word-process the letter but sign your name at the bottom
- Keep the covering letter short, simple and to the point
- Refer to relevant aspects of your CV - after all you're trying to get the employer to read it