When it comes to a cover letter, most candidates donít botherÖ Itís true, many job seekers hate writing a cover letter as it can be time consuming.
With competition for job roles fiercer than ever, itís no longer enough to just have a slick CV; they lack personality and fail to mention why you should be hired. This is what a cover letter is for, to really make you stand out from the crowd!
Cover letters create a great first impression, are well constructed, grammatically flawless and support your CV. Itís your opportunity to display your most relevant skills and demonstrate your motivation and enthusiasm for the job and employer.
Your cover letter should be short, to the point and tailored to the role. A maximum of five short paragraphs on a page should be enough to get your message across - they want a snapshot of who you are.
Weíve got you covered with 5 top tips for you to consider when writing your cover letter.
1. Donít rewrite your CV Ė Donít repeat whatís on your CV, highlight important points so the employer wantís to find out more about you!
2. Donít waffle Ė no one likes a waffler, instead you want the employer to see how enthusiastic and motivated you are. Make sure it is no longer than a page.
3. Include the company you are applying for Ė Before you put pen to paper, do your research. Many employers will be able to tell if you have research in to them. Discuss why you are attracted to them and what impresses you.
4. Talk and tailor 5 (max) points discusses in the job description - Have the job description in front of you. This will help you tailor your cover letter and make sure youíre not waffling about something irrelevant. Write a list of your strongest skills and match them to the skills the employer outlines in the decription. Refer to them, donít explain. This is where you will grab their attention!
5. Always send one!
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