Steps to create a great covering letter

Covering letters are used by employers to view a quick summary of an applicant’s skills and experience, and make a connection between your experience and the job you are applying for. It is also sometimes what the recruiter will see before your CV so you will need to grab their attention here as well as on your CV.

The content of your covering letter will vary on the job you are applying for. It is important to tailor your covering letter to each company and each job. It should include the following information.

• Contact details
• Details of the job you’re applying for and where you saw this advertised. Also what attracted you to the particular job
• A brief summary of your recent experience and what you have gained from this
• Why your skills and experience are suitable for the role (make sure you draw reference from the job specification and refer to your CV)

You want to also keep you covering letter brief as well. A recruiter should be able to scan through and still pull out some of the information. It should not be longer than one A4 page.

Researching the company before writing your covering letter and CV will also give you a good insight in to what they are looking for, the culture of the company and whether it is actually somewhere where you would possibly want to work. Doing this research will help you in writing a covering letter that will stand out to the recruiter and show them you took the time to find more information on them.

The covering letter is also a good place to explain any gaps in your working history that you may not have space to write about in your CV.
Remember that even though not every recruiter will ask for a covering letter, it will not hurt your chances to include one in your application. It may even give you that extra edge.

After you have done your CV and covering letter lets hope you get that interview!

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