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Cover Letter Writing Tips

How Do I Write A Cover Letter?

Representing your career interests and highlighting your most relevant skills and experiences, a professionally written cover letter can say a lot about you as a person and as a prospective employee. So you should have in mind that a prospective employer will be looking for your attention to detail.

Well-written covering letters are also particularly effective for sending a speculative application to an employer who would like to be employed by and may be of some use for explaining any personal circumstances or anomalies in an application.

What do you say in a cover letter?

It is best practice to include the following in any covering letter:

  • Briefly introduce yourself, state what position you are applying for and where you saw it advertised. For a speculative letter, include the type of work you are seeking.
  • Explain why you are interested in this type of work.
  • Explain why you are interested in working for this particular organisation.
  • Provide evidence of your key strengths by referring to experiences on your CV. Aim for your key strengths to reflect the requirements of the employer and position.
  • Indicate your availability for an interview.

How do you lay out a cover letter?

  • A professional business layout is important, addressed to a named individual wherever possible.
  • Aim for one side of A4 with the same quality paper and font style as your CV.
  • The same rules about checking for spelling, grammar or typos still apply.