9. Cover Letters

As the first thing a potential employer sees, a cover letter is a vital selling tool. Get it right and it can help get you on the shortlist.
  • Explain why you’re writing – quote where you saw the advert and a job reference if you have one.
  • Don’t rewrite your CV – explain why you’re suitable for the job. Pick out the top skills required and show how your experience matches them.
  • Keep it professional and concise - no more than one side of A4, and remember to attach your CV.
  • Proof read your work - double check it for any spelling or grammatical errors, and make sure your letter is set out clearly.
Keep a copy of your letter so when you're called for an interview you can explain in more detail what attracted you to the role.