Tips and Templates

Writing a Cover Letter

What is a cover letter?

Sometimes you will be asked to include a cover letter with your CV or application form. This may also be referred to as a letter of application.

The purpose of the cover letter is to explain to potential employers why you should be considered for the post that you are applying for. It should give the reader a quick overview of your skills and experience and encourage them to take a look at your CV or application form.

Useful tips for writing a cover letter

1.A typed cover letter will be neater and easier to read, compared with a hand-written cover letter, and can be emailed and uploaded electronically, as well as printed out as a hard copy

2. Use a standard font, such as Ariel

3. Keep it simple, make sure you use the correct format (click here for a template) and that your letter is broken down into easy to read paragraphs

4. The length of your letter should be no more than one page

5. Make sure that you include information that will encourage the reader to look at your CV or application form, such as experience and personal attributes

6. Avoid simply copying and pasting sections from your CV as this could give the impression that you are not prepared to put time and effort into your application

7. Check your cover letter for errors and also pass it on to a friend to proofread - a fresh pair of eyes are more likely spot mistakes that may have been overlooked

How do I structure my letter?

To help with layout and content, download this cover letter template. Remember to change the content to reflect your experience and the role you are applying for.

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