Jobshop's Tips on Writing Great Cover Letters

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Many students are unaware of the advantages writing a cover letter could have. You would have already completed and attached your CV to the application email, however it is of great importance that you then write a cover letter using the email text.

So some may ask what is a cover letter is? And the advantages it can have?

The answers to these questions will be explained with Jobshop's best tips and tricks, in the following sentences. 

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What is a cover letter?

A cover letter informs the employer of the relevant qualities and skills you have, which would make you perfect for the role. It is the first thing the employer will see so therefore it is the determining factor whether they continue on to read your CV. 

Scary? 

We know. So here are our top tips on how to write an amazing cover letter. 

How to structure your cover letter?

  • Introduction: State the job you are applying for, where you found out about the role and when you are available to start. 
  • Why you are interested in the job: What attracts you to the role and why you want to work for that particular company.
  • Why you are the ideal person for the job: State here any relevant skills, qualifications and experiences that would make you the right person for the role. 
  • Conclusion: State when you would be available for an interview and thank the employer for taking the time to consider your application.

Jobshop's top tips:

  • The cover letter should be clear and conscise. Try to ensure it is no longer than a page of A4, as you want to keep the employer engaged and interested.
  • Only include relevant information - similar to our post on what makes a good CV, the employer does not need to know that you can go out 3 nights in a row and still attend all your 9ams the following days.
  • CHECK then check again!! You would be surprised how many people get basic information wrong (e.g. - the role you are applying for you). Therefore, check your grammar and spellings before submitting the email.
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