Category: Cover letters

A quick guide to… effective cover letters

A cover letter is a business letter which is often requested by employers as part of a job application. It is the first opportunity for you to market yourself to the employer by demonstrating how your skills, knowledge and experience match their job requirements. Employers often use cover letters to screen applicants so it is vital you make a good impression.

Your cover letter should be one A4 page in length and its purpose is to introduce you to the employer and to explain why you are the best candidate for this position. The key is to ensure your writing is concise and to the point. Longer cover letters are often not well received by some employers.  Your letter should be written using the standard business letter style and you must use formal English. Where possible, personally address the letter to the person responsible for hiring – you may need to contact the organisation to ask for the managers’ name and title. Always get someone to check your document for spelling, grammar and typographical errors. Continue reading

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