How To Craft A Compelling Cover Letter
A well-written cover letter is an essential part of any job application.Highlighting your skills and experience effectively, and tailoring your cover letter to the role you’re applying for, is important and could be the difference between getting an interview and getting ignored. Here is some important information about cover letters. What is a cover letter? A cover letter is a written summary of your skills, experience, and suitability for a job. It’s usually sent to employers alongside your CV, and is traditionally shown as the cover of your application. How is it different from my CV? Although your CV and cover letter cover the same ground, they have slightly different purposes – and differ in terms of formatting, layout, and the depth of information included. Your CV is a comprehensive summary of your professional experience, academic qualifications, and skill-set. Your cover letter is used to emphasise why you’re the best candidate for the job. It highlights your interest in the role and company, expands on the skills and experience that relate most to the job you’re applying for, and generally explains your CV in more detail. Should I address career gaps in my cover letter? Your cover letter is the perfect place to elaborate on any career gaps you might have in your CV – as long as you do it constructively. There’s no need to go into great detail – but you also shouldn’t attempt to hide anything. Instead, be honest, proactive, and resourceful with your explanation. And, aside from emphasising your desire to get back into work, addressing gaps in your CV in your cover letter is a great way to be prepared for any questions or discussions that might come up later on in the application process.
Cover letter dos and don’tsDO
- Do your research
- Talk about your relevant skills and experience
- Use the job description as a guide
- Include real-life examples to prove your skills
- Follow a clear, easy to read and concise format (length should be one page maximum)
- Use the same cover letter for every job Be overly personal
- Make it all about you
- Draw attention to your weaknesses
- Make it too long
TIPS AND SAMPLE OF COVER LETTER
Behind every CV is a good cover letter...A cover letter is an essential part of almost every job application. Not only do you have to make sure it sells your skills and abilities to recruiters, you also need to do it in a clear and concise manner – that ultimately persuades the reader to want to meet you. We’ve already covered what a cover letter is, but here’s our step-by-step guide to help you get started on writing one:
Do your researchFirst things first, you need to do your research. Take some time to look into the role you’re applying for and the company – and use this information to tailor your cover letter accordingly. Here are a few key things you should find out before you start writing:
- What does the company do?
- Who are their competitors?
- Who are their target audience?
- What does the role involve?
- What are the essential skills?