The Right Covering Letter

How to Write a Cover Letter

Feeling confident about your CV but you’ve gone to send your application and realise that you need an accompanying cover letter… (what?). Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. This is your moment to stand out, but how? And that’s before you’ve even thought about the general format. Allow Recruitrite to offer a helping hand. We understand just how much a cover letter matters and have the expertise to get you noticed. Stop typing for a minute and download our resource for ‘The Right Covering Letter’.

Covering letters are a vital part of any job application, in fact, they deserve just as much attention as your CV. As your chance to sell your skills, personality, and demonstrate why you’re perfect for the role, getting your cover letter noticed really matters. Now, let’s show you how it’s done.

Start with the basics. You’ve got your layout planned and essential information at the ready. After this, it’s all about standing out from your competition (other applicants). We’ve got a tip or two to share.

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How to Write a Successful Cover Letter

Start With Research

You’ve finally found the job of your dreams and you’re ready to apply. Or, are you? Many people fail to carry out research about the company they’re applying to work for setting themselves up for failure. We advise you to not be one of these people! Take some time to look into the company you’re applying for and learn about the role you want.

It may be useful to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What does this company do?
  • What does the role involve?
  • What is the company culture like?
  • What sort of skills are they looking for?

Once you have answered the questions above, you need to relate them to yourself and what you are offering. The employer will want to learn about how you will fulfill the job role’s requirements and fit into the company. Now that you have completed you research it’s onto the fun part – writing your cover letter.

Your Cover Letter Checklist

Here’s our handy checklist to break down what a cover letter should contain if you don’t have the time to read our full resource. You should always aim to include:

Formatting Your Cover Letter

You should ensure that your cover letter is concise, to the point, and well-formatted. In general, use short paragraphs with a clear intro and outro. We recommend using easy to read fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial.

Aim for around half a page (A4) with some leeway, however, you should definitely avoid rambling. While it’s definitely tempting to include everything you can think of, save something for the interview too. A cover letter should simply be used to introduce yourself to the employer and give an insight into your skills, experience, and personality – the icebreaker before the interview.

Perfect Your Cover Letter’s Structure

A cover letter’s structure is different to how it is formatted, and we’re going to reveal exactly how to get it right. Here’s exactly how to break down the cover letter into mini sections that will make it easier to write as a whole.

Opening and first paragraph – Why are you contacting the employer?

Though it may seem obvious, you will need an opening sentence or two to talk about why you’re making contact. It may be useful to include where you found out about the role here too. Keep it short and sweet!

Second paragraph – What makes you a good fit for the role?

In this paragraph, you should cover your academic qualifications as well as your professional experience. To really appeal to the reader and make it known you are a good fit, include some unique points here. Be sure to refer to the specific skills that have been listed in the job description.

Third paragraph – What will you bring to the company?

It’s your opportunity to shine in this section of the cover letter and where your research will come in useful. Speak about what you can do specifically for the company and why you’re a great fit for the role. Where relevant you may want to talk about your future ambitions and expand upon points from your CV.

Fourth Paragraph – Repeat and leave a call-to-action

This is your final section of the cover letter and perhaps the most important. You need to repeat why you’re interested in the role, enthuse about an interview, and leave the reader with a call-to-action. A relevant CTA may be something as simple as ‘I’d be thrilled to meet you in person to discuss why I’d be a great employee for your company’.

Closing the letter – A polite outro

When you sign off your cover letter you should use an outro that fits the intro. If you know the name of the hiring manager, use Yours Sincerely. If you do not know the name, use Yours Faithfully. Both of these sign-offs should be followed by your full name.

Things To Avoid In Your Cover Letter

We’ve covered what to include, but what about not what to include? Below you’ll find a few things that we recommend avoiding:

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Your Next Step

Get your cover letter right from the get-go and you’re one step further to the job that you want. A cover letter is as important as your CV and should be used as an opportunity to introduce yourself and stand out. Use this resource’s steps to getting your cover letter right alongside your CV.

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