A cover letter is the first impression that lodges in the mind of an employer, making it one of the most critical components for getting noticed.
A well written cover letter is an opportunity to show the reader you’re:
Sell your key strengths confidently to grab the reader’s attention.
A mistake in your letter shows you not only lack attention to detail but you don’t care enough to take the time to proof read.
It will go in the bin immediately so make sure you check and then have a friend check for you too.
A unique candidate
Use your cover letter to show off your unique combination of skills and experience that meets the job’s selection criteria. Provide examples that will demonstrate a clear link between your knowledge, experience and abilities and the needs of the employer.
While soft skills as well as academic skill are critical to securing an interview, it’s also important to demonstrate your experience in relation to the job description. Use your cover letter to give examples of relevant experience.
A tailored, compelling cover letter shows you have taken the time to research the company and understand the employer’s needs and job requirements. It is an opportunity to express that you are enthusiastic about the role and to demonstrate the value you would add to the employer.
Cover letter template
Dear Mr……., in response to your recent job offer……..please find attached my curriculum vitae for your consideration. I have the following experience which is well aligned to the requirements of the role:
- Successful human resources recruitment specialist with four years experience
- Experience gained in leading FTSE 25O global recruitment company
- Thorough understanding of the human resources market having worked on both specialist and generalist roles
- Multiple sector experience having worked with both the private and public sector
In my current role as a human resources recruitment specialist I have achieved the following:
I therefore feel that my experience to date is very well aligned to the requirements of this role, and I am confident that I will be a valuable asset to your organisation.
If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me, and I will look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Things to remember when writing a covering letter
- Address the contact mentioned in the job advert and quote the reference
- Outline your current job situation and why you want to move on – don’t be negative
- Talk about the company to show you’ve done your research
- State why you are interested in them as an employer
- Tell them why they should be interested in you as an employee
- Tailor information to the job and avoid repetition
- Highlight your transferable skills, achievements and versatility
- Make sure it’s neat, brief and has no typos
“Writing is thinking.
To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.”