How to Write a Cover Letter
A cover letter is important if you want to stand out from the other applicants. It gives you the chance to explain to an employer why you're the best candidate for the job - essentially you are answering the question “Why should they hire me?”
It is basically a snapshot of your skills and experience relevant to the job you’re applying for, so make sure you keep it to the point – if they need more detail then it can be found on your CV.
What to Include
Start by introducing yourself and telling them why you are writing to them – which job are you applying for and how did you find it?
Explain you meet the necessary requirements from the job advert/description such as qualifications, skills and experience.
Tell them that you really want the job - demonstrate passion and commitment towards the opportunity and company, having done your research.
Tell them that you are ambitious and understand how this role fits into your wider career goals and aspirations.
Covering letters shouldn’t be a repeat of your CV - keep it succinct and relevant. Too long and you risk losing the recruiter’s attention.
Thank them for taking the time to read your letter, that you hope you fit their requirements and that you look forward to hearing from them in due course should they have any questions.
Make sure that you review and check content, layout, spelling and grammar. Even if sending as an email then still stick to the usual letter-writing etiquette.
Most people don’t send a covering letter so simply including one can make you stand out and so imagine what a relevant, succinct and well-written cover letter can do for your chances!
Example Cover Letters
We have created a couple of cover letter examples/templates which you can use to make sure you have all the key elements covered.