A Covering Letter (aka a Cover Letter) can give you a competitive advantage and increase your chances of selection at interview. It is the first document that the prospective employer sees and should highlight your unique selling points – telling the company why they should employ you.
On average, employers spend 30 seconds looking at covering letters so you need to entice the employer to want to know more about you, to want to read your CV and to invite you for interview.
Below shows a suggestion of what to include in each paragraph:
Make it short, concise and state why you are writing. If someone has put you forward for this position, detail it here. Introduce yourself briefly to show that your application is relevant to the job vacancy. i.e. I have just graduated from Portsmouth University with a 2:1 in Mechanical Engineering and wish to apply for the Project Engineer position advertised in LocalJobFrog.co.uk
Why should the employer choose you? Without duplicating your CV, outline briefly the skill set that you bring to the role, your academic qualifications and your experience to date that matches the job requirements. Ensure you cross-reference the skills required (detailed in the job advert) with the skills you possess. Personalise the application by suggesting how the company will benefit from having you as a member of their team.
Finish your cover letter with a request for action, requesting an interview with the employer e.g. ‘I welcome the opportunity to discuss my experience in more detail.’ If you know the addressee, you can end the letter with ‘Yours sincerely’ or use ‘Yours faithfully’ if you don’t. Don’t forget to include an enclosures line at the bottom if you have enclosed anything with the letter, such as your CV.
For more career advice from LocalJobFrog on:
Writing your CV go to https://localjobfrog.com/cv-writing/
Preparing for interview go to https://localjobfrog.com/interview-top-tips/