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Old 16-05-09, 02:58 AM   #1
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Icon1 Writing a Covering Letter to send with your CV

When sending off your Curriculum Vitae or Resume you should always send a covering letter with it. A few important aspects of what your covering letter should be:

  • Presentable and formatted properly in an Office program.
  • Informative and enticing for the employer to carry on reading your CV.
When writing a covering letter you should always include the following:

  • Write about the purpose of the letter, if you are seeking a permanent position then include that you are seeking that, if you are enquiring about any job oppurtunities then it is a good idea to mention that too.
  • Make sure you sell yourself properly, a drab and run of the mill covering letter will more than likely land your application in the bin.
  • Tell the employer of your relevant experience and skills and also of your qualities, do not do too much "I am a reliable, honest, trustworthy and sensible person who is also a good time-keeper and can meet deadlines". If you want to include that, make sure you keep it interesting as most of the letters they read each day will be almost identical to this, make it unique and use varying language to describe your qualities.
  • The name and address of the employer should be included in covering letter and is usually adjusted left at the top of your letter.
  • Your own address should be included within your covering letter. Some people place it at the top and adjusted right although some say that is where the employers address should be.
  • Try and find out the name of the person who will be reading your covering letter and write it to them with Dear such and such at the beginning of it.
  • Tell the employer within the first paragraph where you found out about the vacancy for example a local newspaper or at a Job Centre.
  • Sell yourself within the next paragraph letting the employer know why you are what they are looking for. Promote yourself but of course dont sound too cocky and boastful.
  • Your covering letter should allow the employer to understand a few things about your personality. If you have sales skills, let them know by being persuasive as hell.
  • Try to mention skills you possess that are applicable to the job youre applying for.
  • Always include the date you wrote the letter and keep it to one side of A4. No more.
  • Check your covering letter for grammar and spelling errors, if you cant see any ask a parent or friend to read it over and see if they can spot any. If youre using office you could use the automatic spell checker built in although it is not a perfect solution.
A good idea is to fold your covering letter around your CV when sending it or place it on top of the CV so it is the first thing the employer will see. Personally I prefer to keep it on top as folded documents can look unprofessional and unitdy too.

Thank you for reading my short article on writing a covering letter for your curriculum vitae/resume. If you need further help with writing your CV/Resume feel free to ask within our College, School, Careers, Books and Sports forum.


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Good article
Handy for when I want a job (I'm still too young to get one lol :laugh
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These articles are very handy Michael, thanks for posting them




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No problem at all, I like to write good resources when I have some spare time, mainly job related and job seeking ones as I know a lot of teens will be leaving school and needing information here and there on it. Expect to see more
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