Careers and Employability Service

CV and Covering Letters

 

Writing a successful covering letter

Why do you need a covering letter? The covering letter is vital to your CV. It demonstrates your writing style, and allows you to show the employer that you have the qualities the job calls for, and makes a statement about yourself and your suitability for the job.

Suggested structure for your covering letter:

First Paragraph

  • State the job you’re applying for.
  • Where you found out about it (University of Kent vacancy database, Guardian Jobs, etc … - organisations like to know which of their advertising sources are being successful)
  • When you're available to start work (and end if it's a placement)

Second Paragraph

  • Why you're interested in that type of work
  • Why the company attracts you (if it's a small company say you prefer to work for a small friendly organisation!)

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

  • Mention any dates that you won't be available for interview
  • Thank the employer and say you look forward to hearing from them soon.
  • If you start with a name (e.g. "Dear Mr Bloggs") you should end with "Yours sincerely". If you start with "Dear Sir or Madam" you should end with "Yours faithfully".

 

 

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Last Updated: 11/04/2019