Alongside your CV, the covering letter is where you can discuss the skills and achievements most relevant to the position you are applying for in a more detail. Writing a covering letter can be challenging, particularly if you’re doing it for the first time. We offer plenty of advice and guidance on how to make a top-notch application in APPLY.
Before you start, do some thorough planning and research. A well thought-out letter is exactly what your future employer is looking for. Once you have spotted a vacancy which interests you, read the job description carefully and find out what they are looking for in their ideal candidate. Highlight which aspects of the job you feel or know you are capable of doing and the aspects that appeal to you, then look at the skills required and highlight which of those you have gained from past work experience or your education.
We suggest making your letter no more than a page long, and using the following basic structure:
- Introduction. Start off by stating which position you are applying for, where you saw the vacancy and briefly explain your current circumstances.
- How do my skills and personal attributes suit this role? Discuss how you became interested in the industry and support your points with examples.
- Why have I chosen to apply to this particular company? Show that you have researched the firm and the sector and say why you have been inspired by what the company has done and why you want to be a part of it.
- Signing off. The final paragraph should include a word of thanks, your details of your availability, and how you’re looking forward to hearing from them.