Younger Jobseekers: Cover Letter Advice
Competition for jobs among school leavers and graduates has never been hotter, so think of your cover letter as your secret weapon.
Done well, it gives hiring managers a striking snapshot of your skills, achievements and enthusiasm for the job. And because it’s an afterthought for so many applicants, a compelling cover letter is a simple but sure-fire way to shine.
The cover letter works hand in hand with your CV to land that all-important interview - but with a few added extras. It’s an opportunity to pile on the personality and highlight the details of your current situation.
Chances are your cover letter is the first contact you’ll have with a potential employer, so make it count.
Here’s how to put this hard-working document to work for you:
- Keep it short, structured and snappy – a couple of powerful paragraphs work best.
- Tailor it to each job you apply for, showcasing the relevant skills for that particular role. Use examples that will convince the reader you’re ideal for the job.
- Bring your reader up to speed, whether you’re a recent graduate, immediately available or just returned from a gap year in Ghana.
- Stick to plain, professional language. Outdated phrases like ‘attached herewith’ just aren’t necessary.
- Proofread your letter or email with eagle eyes before sending.
- Sounds simple, but remember to include your address, telephone number and email.
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