When an employer receives a job application, they often will want to see a good cover letter. A cover letter is a great chance to market yourself and explain why you’re right for the role.
Writing a cover letter can often feel like an intimidating and unnecessary task, but sometimes a CV can be overlooked in the recruitment process so having a well-written cover letter can give you the edge over other candidates and help you secure your dream job.
The goal of your cover letter is to convince the person who receives it that you’re the best candidate for the job – so make sure you have every detail in place before sending it off.
There are two ways to write a great cover letter. The first is to look at the job description and research the company and make sure you can write about how you meet those requirements. The second way is to look at the job description and research similar companies, check out their websites, and see what kinds of skills they list. You can then tailor your cover letter to match these skills.
We have put together some tips to help you create a great cover letter.
Firstly, what is a cover letter?
A cover letter introduces you to an employer and asks them to think about your application. A cover letter allows you to highlight the skills you have that are most suited to the job and is a chance to include any relevant information that is not already included within your CV.
A great cover letter should contain:
An explanation of why you are sending your CV
Your interest in working for the company
Specific qualifications and skills that fulfil the job description
An explanation of your desire to progress your career
A glimpse of your personality
What should you include in a cover letter:
Ensure that you start by stating the position you’re applying for and explain why you’re applying. Mention the reasons you would like to work at that specific company, showcase your passion for the company, and explain how you match the culture and its values.
Explain how your skills are suitable for the role – you can use the job description for this. Mention your transferrable skills if the job you’re applying for is not currently one you have experience doing.
Finish your cover letter on a positive note by explaining that you’d welcome the chance to discuss your application in more detail and that you are contactable if they have any items they would like to discuss with you. You could also include that you’re looking forward to hearing back from them.
Things to remember:
Make sure you proofread your cover letter for typos, spelling mistakes, and formatting
Make sure everything you highlight in your cover letter relates to your CV
Use the same font and formatting in your cover letter and CV
When emailing your application, include your CV as an attachment, but you can add your cover letter in the main body of the email
We are here if you need any help or advice with your cover letter. Our friendly and highly skilled recruitment consultants can assist you with all aspects of your recruitment journey.