Writing A Great Covering Letter

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Your covering letter will enclose the CV and it should firstly be in the same physical appearance. Keep the letter in the same font and colour as the CV.

Make sure your address and contact details are set out as normal on a letter, to the top or right hand side. These should be written in simple colour and font with plenty of spacing. You can increase font size for this part of the letter only, particularly to emphasize contact numbers.

The letter must be properly addressed to the right person. Look at the advert you are responding to. They often give a name and position of the person who applicants should be contacting. Use salutations for respect. Mr for a man and Ms for a woman unless it is clear that she is a Mrs or Miss. Check and double check you have spelt the name correctly. One typing error here will lose you the job right there.

After the salutation, put a heading which reflects the job you are applying for. Check the advert again to see if there is a reference number, but at least use the job title as they describe it.

The letter itself should be short and simple. The main information is in your CV and the letter should lead the reader onto your CV, not repeat its contents. Start by saying you are applying for the job and mention where you saw it advertised. This helps the employer link you with his advert and the job concerned.

State briefly why you are applying and are interested in this job. You may want to mention something you know about the company, its areas of expertise or working methods, which have drawn you to the advert. This shows real interest and is a subtle form of flattery.

Mention briefly some of the personal qualities that you have listed in your CV and which are particularly relevant to this application. Make it clear when you might be ready to start and how much notice you have to give if you are already in employment.

Do not forget to specify that you are enclosing your CV and be positive in your closing that they will be calling you.

Finish your letter yours sincerely and put in the name you like to be called by.

Follow these tips and your letter will give you the best chance of success.
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This article was published on 2010/12/16