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A covering letter provides employers with an understanding of you as a person expressing your interest in the job role applied for. Covering letters therefore provide that ' personal touch' to your application and is the perfect opportunity to sell your skills and express your opinions relating to the job role.
Covering letters should not be too long - just short, punchy and to the point. It should also not be a worded form of your CV which many people make that mistake because they don't know what to write. This section provides some top tips on how to write effective cover letters and what not to do when writing one.
Do's & Don’t's when writing a covering letter
- Keep it brief and to the point
- Research about the company or organisation that you are applying to work for
- Try to find out the hiring manager’s name and address the letter to them
- Request for an interview! Take pro action and state when you will follow up to arrange an interview
- Check spelling, punctuation and grammar - word typo errors are not an option!
- Use words that are too complex to say - keep it simple
- Over fill the cover letter with more than 3-4 paragraphs
- Copy the same information from your CV - try to rephrase what is on your CV instead
- Use the same covering letter for all jobs you are applying for - make each letter personalised
- Write more than one page