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Guide to writing a cover letter

what is a cover letter? 

Think of a cover letter as the front page of your CV. It acts as an introduction to your CV and gives you the chance to state why you are the best candidate for the role. Here you can highlight any key skills or relevant experience that you want to stand out to the employer. Ultimately you want this to prompt the employer to read on and find out more.

 

Formatting a cover letter

Formatting is key, this will be the first thing the employer will see from you. It needs to be concise and direct using a professional font and clear paragraphs. Make sure the length doesn’t exceed an A4 page, about half a page is just right.

 

Addressing a cover letter

  • Include the date 
  • The contact name 
  • The job title 
  • The organisation name 
  • The address and postcode 
  • Address the person dealing with the application, this should be in the job specification, if you can't find a name Dear Sir/Madam is sufficient
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