Struggling to write your cover letter? Unsure where to start? We’re here to help! The most important thing to remember about your cover letter is that it is the highlights from your CV, targeted towards your potential employer! Once you have that in mind, you should have a good idea of where to start.
Here are some tips to make sure your cover letter is up to scratch:
You don’t want to just regurgitate your CV or vaguely outline your skills and qualifications! Read the job description and research the company to find out how you should present your cover letter. If you personalise your cover letter, employers will see that it’s not just a “copy & paste” job and that you have put thought and effort into your application.
Show how you are the right candidate
Your cover letter should demonstrate clearly why you are right for the job. Pick 3 or 4 different skills or traits from the job advert and demonstrate how you fit these requirements and how you would be a great asset to their team (not just what a great opportunity it would be for you!). Remember, these skills don’t necessarily have to be demonstrated from previous employment, it could be from personal projects, volunteer work or other life experiences.
Make it clear and concise
Use simple English and avoid any jargon or long winded sentences. Break your letter up into easily digestible paragraphs. Use a clear and simple font like Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman. Make sure the font size and line spacing is easy on the eye. A font size of about 12 and 1.5 line spacing is what we’d normally go for.
If an employer opens a cover letter that goes on for pages and pages, they probably won’t even read it! Try to keep your cover letter under one page. This will make sure you only keep the information you need to include and won’t put the employer off.
Quadruple check for spelling and grammar mistakes
If a potential employer spots spelling and grammar mistakes, your application will more than likely end up in the bin! Correct spelling and gramar shows that you have a good command of the English language, editorial skills and a good attention to detail.