It’s always a bit daunting writing a cover letter, it is the first personal communication you have with the employer. However if you understand what it is, how to get started and how to structure it, writing it is a whole lot easier.
You want to help the person reading your application to visualise you succeeding in that role. Your CV is there to present them with your information, whilst your cover letter is there to explain how this information is relevant and to demonstrate your ability to not only fit but thrive in the role.
Before you get started take a look at the job description and note down what keywords are used for the training, skills and experience, then go through your own CV and find examples where you can relate.
If you're writing multiple cover letters, following a basic structure will make the the task easier and keep your message clear. A good structure to follow would be:
- Introduce yourself and your interest in the role
- Explain how your skills & experience are relevant
- Make it clear what you can do for them
- Finish off with a proposal for the next communication
Once you have sent it off, it's always a good idea to follow up with a phone call to make sure the person has received your application. It's also more likely they will remember you after a short conversation.
Things to remember:
- Research the company
- Write a different cover letter for each job you apply for
- Address it to a specific person
- Reference the job title
- Short & sweet – keep it to one page
Hopefully you found this guide useful, and have greatened your chances at landing an interview. If so, head over to our article on interviews and get yourself prepared!