Cover letters

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Your cover letter

Explain why your experience, skills and personal interest make you perfect for the job

The covering letter is vital to your CV. It demonstrates your writing style, and allows you to show that you have the qualities the job calls for.

Suggested structure

Dear … (try to find out a named person)

First Paragraph
State the job you are applying for and where you found out about it.
Introduce yourself and say a little about your skills and experience.

Second Paragraph
What do you know about the company and why do you want to work there?
Why you are interested in this type of work?
Research the company and their values, and relate them to your own.

Third Paragraph
Summarise your strengths and how they might be an advantage to the organisation.
Relate your skills to the competencies required in the job.

Last Paragraph
Thank  them, and mention any dates that you won't be available for interview.

Yours sincerely/faithfully,

What should I put in an email when attaching my CV?

Put your covering letter as the body of your email, and add your CV as an attachment. You could save your CV as a PDF, as the formatting cannot be changed, and it will appear exactly as you want it to on the employer’s screen. Stick to simple text with short paragraphs and plenty of spacing.