Writing an Effective Cover Letter

Applying for jobs can be a stressful and time consuming task, and it seems to have many hurdles which you need to cross in order to be invited for an interview!

Writing a cover letter is one of the hurdles which could cost you your job application.  It is the cover letter which entices a potential employer to take a look at your CV in the first place, so it is crucial that you get this step right.

A good cover letter should not be more than two sides of A4 in length.  It must cover certain things:

  • a brief explanation of why you suit the job
  • a summary of your key skills
  • a few sentences about you as a person
  • contact details!

If you do not include the above, or you waffle on about random topics, it is highly likely that your cover letter will go into the bin.  In the section about why you want the job, it is important that you do some research about the company and come up with specific examples of what drew you to apply – perhaps they have great ethics which you admire, or you like the fact they have an open policy when it comes to ambitions!  Find something you love the look of about the company and capitalise on it – bosses love to have thier ego massaged after all!