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When sending a CV/resume, most people include a cover letter to introduce themselves to the prospective employer.

Most cover letters are no more than three short paragraphs. Your cover letter should capture the employer’s attention, follow a business letter format, and usually should include the following information:

• Name and address of the specific person to whom the letter is addressed.

• Reason for your interest in the company or position.

• Your main qualifications for the position.

• Request for an interview.

• Your mobile, home and work telephone numbers. If you send a scannable CV/resume, you should also include a scannable cover letter, which avoids graphics, fancy fonts, ital­ics, and underlines.

As with your CV/resume, it may be helpful to look for examples and common formats of cover letters on the Internet or in books at your local library or bookstore, but do not copy letters di­rectly from other sources.

Below is an example of a typical cover letter. Hover over the sections within the cover letter to find out how to write your own.

Cover Letter Writing

The final paragraph should state when you are available for an interview and when can the employer contact you. Remember to always thank the employer for considering your application amongst the rest of the competition! Remember to include your contact details so that the employer can contact you directly. Make sure that your contact details are up to date in case the employer decides to shortlist you for an interview.