When it comes to applying for a new job, cover letters are probably the most underrated part of the application process, which is likely since many people do not know what they are for!
However, a well-constructed cover letter is the perfect way to get noticed, sell yourself to the recruiter and persuade them that they want to meet you.
When you apply for a new role, take some time to understand the role’s requirements and the company you would be working for. Use the information you have learnt to tailor your competencies accordingly, to fit the needs of both the role and company. It will demonstrate to the recruiter that not only do you have the right skills, but you also have a genuine interest in the position and the company.
Your cover letter should be precise and to the point, do not waffle! Use an easy-to-read font, such as Arial or Calibri, and do not be tempted to embellish with bold or underlined text, images, or word art. Half an A4 sheet should be your target.
Address your cover letter to the person named in the job advertisement. If no one is named, do not be afraid to ask the question. You can either visit the company’s website or call the company to ask. Address the person as Dear Mr or Mrs, and if you have been unsuccessful in finding a name, Dear Sir/ Madam will suffice.
How to structure your cover letter
There is no wrong and right way to how your cover letter is structured if it flows. However, we have pulled together some tips to help you along.
The opening paragraph
The opening paragraph should explain why you are writing and where you saw the role advertised. If you were referred as part of a Refer a Friend scheme, mention the name of the person who referred you here.
Why are you the right person for the role?
Use the next couple of paragraphs to tell the recruiter why you are the right person for the role. Describe how your skills and qualifications are relevant and tie in with each skill that has been listed in the job description.
Talk about what you can bring to the company and what your career goals are for the future. You can expand on the key points in your CV and provide examples of when you excelled in your previous or current role.
How to close your cover letter
Close your cover letter by informing the recruiter that you look forward to meeting them to discuss your application further. Sign the letter’ Yours sincerely’ (if you know the recruiter’s name) or ‘Yours faithfully’ (if you don’t).
Remember, here at CareerJuice, we are always available to give you support and advice during the recruitment process, simply give us a call.