Writing a good covering letter


When applying for a job, your CV will speak volumes. A good covering letter will tweak the interest of your interviewer, provided you follow a few simple steps to ensure it fits the position. Using a generic covering letter just won’t make the grade.


Why are you the right person for the job?


In your covering letter, you have the opportunity to express why you think you are suitable for the job.


Be original


Let your personality shine out through your cover letter. Express what makes you unique and the right fit for the position.


Focus on the company


Remember to state what you can do for the company. Avoid focusing on yourself.


Covering letter length


The covering letter is just that – it is not a novel or an essay. Introduce yourself and the position you are applying for. Note the appropriate skills you have for the job. End the covering letter with an enthusiastic note on why you are excited about the position.


Grammar check


Most importantly, make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors in your covering letter.






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