Top tips on writing a cover letter
Many jobseekers invest a lot of time, energy and often money in preparing their CV, however a common and often costly oversight is their cover letter. A cover letter is expected to accompany all professional job applications and is therefore crucial to finding employment. Your cover letter is the first thing a potential employer or recruiter reads, therefore it’s imperative that it creates a good first impression of you, as a potential employee. A cover letter reveals how well you can communicate, what your skills and qualifications are, an insight into your personality and also your attention to detail.
Purpose of a Cover Letter
The purpose of a cover letter is to provide an outline of your suitability in terms of skills and experience in relation to the role advertised. This is also an opportunity to give the potential employer an insight into you personality and some of your key strengths.
The cover letter should be very clearly written and structured to have an introduction, middle and end.
Introduce yourself and explain why you are writing and how you heard about the vacancy. This is also an opportunity, if appropriate, to explain why you are looking to move from your current role.
Expand on your experience and qualifications and explain why you are a suitable candidate for the job. Be careful not to rehash your CV. Use this to demonstrate how you are a strong fit for the role.
At the end of the cover letter, you can add your availability for interview and your notice period/availability to start. It can also give you the opportunity to advise the reader that you will follow up with a call/email, thus opening the door for further contact. Lastly, don’t forget to thank the reader for their time in reading your letter.
Once you have completed your letter in terms of content, go back and smooth out any rough edges and check for typos, misspellings and grammatical errors.
Then you’re ready for “Sincerely” or “Best Regards” and your signature, and you’re on the right track to securing your next job.