Covering Letters

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Writing a covering letter

A covering letter accompanies a CV when applying for a job and expands on the skills and experience you have mentioned in your CV. It's your chance to tell the employer a bit more about yourself.

It is important to do some research about the company or organisation you are applying for - this will help to show you have a genuine interest in the role.

What to include:

  • Explain why you are suitable for the role.
  • Expand on the education and employment you have mentioned in your CV.
  • Link any skills or experiences to the job role you're applying for.
  • Include the job title or reference number of the job you're applying for.

Your covering letter shows your writing style and English skills better than your CV, so here's some important things to remember:

  • If you start 'Dear Sir/Madam' you should end 'Yours faithfully'. Use 'Yours sincerely' only if you are writing to somebody by name.
  • Make sure your letter has the right layout and structure.
  • Ask someone to proof read your covering letter. Spelling errors and grammatical errors may put an employer off!
  • Try and keep your letter concise and to the point.