The Cover Letter

The following points should be taken in to account when writing your cover letter:

  • Think about content and layout. Use the same grade and colour paper as your CV
  • Unless a handwritten response is specifically asked for then you should type your letter
  • If using email then put your cover letter as the body of your email. Add your CV as an attachment
  • Keep it clear and concise
  • Don’t repeat the contents of your CV
  • Keep it to one page
  • Include your contact details (name, address, email and phone number)
  • Find out who will be receiving the letter and address it them personally
  • State the role you are applying for
  • Relate your skills required in the job and why you are a good fit – these are your personal selling points
  • Thank the employer for taking time to read your letter and CV and that you look forward to hearing from them soon