For nearly all job application processes there is the opportunity to submit a covering letter, and at Unitemps it is no different. Your cover letter is the introductory document to a CV and often this phase of an application can be most neglected by a candidate when it potentially can be the most important.
‘‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression’’; a heavily quoted phrase. However, equally, it is vital advice! Your covering letter is your initial exposure to the employer, and therefore this poses as their first decision to pursue your application further or not.
Here are some top tips for a successful covering letter:
Take your time
Writing a CV is a time-consuming task and having to then write a covering letter can seem all the more laborious. However, take the time, do the labour to make your covering letter the best it can be because every step of an application is a make or break point.
Job positions may be heavily applied for and the employer will generally not have time to read all the CVs, so this is another good reason to take the time with your covering letter. A typical mistake for applicants is leaving the covering letter at ‘’Please see CV’’. No matter how brilliant the CV, this can give an impression of laziness and would most likely end up in your application being overlooked.
Be concise and specific
If you are applying for several jobs at once there is a temptation to write a generic covering letter that you use for each application. Making your application specific to each job is essential. One of the first things the employer will need to know is that out of your bank of skills, which ones are essential for that particular role.
It is also important to be concise; repeating your CV is not helpful to an employer. The covering letter showcases relevant achievements that really sell you and your attributes. This could be perhaps three to five points showing exactly why they need you for that role. You cannot assume your CV will be read in full at first, but providing your cover letter is well written and relevant it will encourage this!
Be enthusiastic and interested
Whilst having examples of why the employer needs you, it is important to recognise why you want this job role. Briefly highlight what particularly interests you. This is evidence you have been researching, and show enthusiasm at the prospect of working for them. If you are finding this difficult, perhaps rethink of the reasons why you are applying for it and whether you would actually be right for the role.
It is also worth mentioning at the end of your letter when you are available for interview, again showing your enthusiasm.
Write well with clear formatting
Writing well with correct spellings and grammar is advice that should go without saying. When you have been working on a piece of writing intensively these kinds of simple mistakes are an easy thing to do. Getting someone else to check both your CV and covering letter is the best way to check it reads well to another person other than you as the writer. This includes clear formatting of paragraphs and sentence structure.
So, with a successful covering letter, you will make sure you are the candidate that gives the employer reason to take an interest and want to know more.
Last updated on 8 February 2021Share this article