Covering Letters

Here is some guidance to help you to prepare an effective CV cover letter. Always bear in mind that when you send in your CV in support of an application for a job it will, undoubtedly, arrive along with a number of others. The prospective employer will only spend a very short time making a preliminary assessment of each application. The more time it takes to read and understand your covering letter, the less time there will be to consider your CV.

Make sure your CV is the best
Remember that your CV is the first point of contact with your prospective new employer and a good first impression is vital.  The right CV can dramatically improve your future career prospects so a professionally written CV represents a very wothwhile investment. We take a great pride in creating the very best high quality CVs.  Remember that every time you submit a poor CV you are wasting another opportunity.

Keep your CV cover letter simple
If you are wise you will have taken time and trouble making sure that your CV is the best you can make it, so don’t spoil the impression by sending a complicated covering letter. Let the employer move as quickly as possible on to consideration of the CV.

Keep it brief
Much has been written and said about CV cover letters but in reality, the shorter the better. There is no point in having an excellent CV and then repeating all the information in the covering letter. This is simply wasting the time of the reader which could have been more profitably spent considering your CV.

Although it is generally accepted that a CV covering letter should be typed, there is actually nothing wrong with a neatly handwritten letter. However, you have to consider what this may say about you. If you are in a job where computer literacy is essential, then it may give rise to the question as to why you did not have access to a word processing package and a printer. On the other hand if computer skills are not relevant, sometimes neat handwriting can be a significant asset.

How to address the letter
Be careful how you address the letter. It needs to be addressed exactly as appears in the advertisement. If it says address ‘for the attention of’ then make sure that is what you do. Many of the conventions about letter writing are now considered to be old fashioned, but that is no excuse for what could be seen as bad manners. Be sure that you never appear over-familiar by addressing someone that you do not know by their first name.

Put your own name, address and telephone number at the top right (use a right tab for this). Underneath this should be the date on either the right or the left as preferred. Be sure that you address the letter carefully as per the advertisement. Put the job description and the publication where you saw the advertisement as the heading to the letter in bold type.

What to say
Obviously this will vary from one case to another, but don’t go through all the information which is already included in your CV. It is a very good idea to give a reason why you are particularly attracted to the position on offer. This will personalise your letter and show that you are not merely applying for any job which may be available.

Read the letter through carefully and don’t forget to enclose your CV in the envelope.  Before you send it off you should consider sending your CV for a free cv assessment.  This free of charge service will give you an insight as to what suggestions we would make for improving your CV.  This will enable you to evaluate the quality of our advice and professional service.

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