So your C.V is all finished and you are getting excited about applying for your dream job. Sending in just your C.V won’t get you the job. Covering letters are so important and the difference between a good cover letter and a bad one could mean you don’t get the job you wanted.
In actual fact the cover letter is the most important part when applying for a job. A cover letter lets your potential employer know who you are and a good cover letter should make you stand out from the crowd.
Some handy tips to writing the perfect cover letter:
Personalise: It’s important to write your cover letter personalising it to the company you are applying to work for. Find out the name and position of the person you are applying to and ensure you address the letter to them.
Sell yourself: This is your chance to stand out from the rest of the applicants. Do some research on the company, what the job entails and the company’s specific needs. Be detailed on what skills you have and how they can positively benefit the company.
Closing the deal: At the end of your cover letter you should let them know you are actively pursuing the position and you hope to hear from them soon to organise a meeting to discuss your contribution to the company. Also say that you will be in touch to discuss the position if they haven’t been in touch by a certain date.
Before sending it away: Make sure you do a final edit of your cover letter and C.V. Bad spelling and grammar is not a good look and most people won’t even read your covering letter if it is full of spelling mistakes. Text language is completely unacceptable; you are applying for a job, not talking to a friend. Make sure capital letters are in the right place, apostrophes are used correctly and your letter is broken up into paragraphs. Managers don’t want to read something that is just in one big long paragraph.