Guidance on writing covering letters
The main purpose of writing a covering letter is to give you the chance to demonstrate to the recruiter your suitability, understanding and fit for a specific role.
Here are the do's and dont's for writing the perfect covering letter:
Keep it short and factual, one page should be sufficient.
Always quote job reference numbers (where known) and details of where you saw the role advertised or how you came to hear of the role.
Explain why you want the job along with details as to why you feel you would be suitable.
If the job is in a different sector from your previous experience, draw links between the two.
It is very helpful to state your current salary and your future salary expectations.
Tailor your covering letter to the specific job application.
Always check your spelling and grammar!
Send out standard covering letters for different positions.
Underestimate the value of the covering letter. It can be used to draw attention to your strengths and achievements as well as add impact to your CV.
Highlight any other skills that you have including IT skills or additional languages.
You may want to include a very brief overview of your interests and hobbies outside of the workplace to give an employer a more rounded view of yourself.
Good presentation on your CV is essential to create the right impression with us and should have a good layout, clear highlighted headings and all the relevant information.
Here are a few more do's and dont's to help you write your CV:
Highlight your achievements and not just your responsibilities.
Describe the dimensions associated with your experience for example, revenue figures; size of budget; size of teams or volumes of customers handled etc.
Keep your CV short and relevant. A maximum of two pages is ideal.
Make your most relevant experience and skills prominent to assist us in understanding your suitability.
Keep to the point and concentrate on the quality of your achievements, not the quantity.