Cover Letters made simple

Ah, the covering letter.

Perhaps the most under used element of the job search, but definitely one of the most useful.

The main reason for a cover letter is to allow the employer to understand who you are and why you’re sending them your CV. The amount of CV’s we receive without a covering letter is astonishing! It comes across as very impersonal and robotic, and it definitely doesn’t need to. Below is a rough template of how you should lay out your CV. You should aim to fill in the blanks with a good level of description, make sure you include your basic ‘selling points’.

To whom it may concern, / Dear,[name]

I am writing to apply for the position of [insert job title]

Previously I have used [Inset relevant tools/programs/skills etc here] making me suitable for the above role [use the job description to work our which skills WOULD make you suitable for the role!].  Currently I am [In work/a student etc] and [would need x notice/ I am available immediately].

I am interested in working for your company as [insert reason] and this type of work [insert reason why you seek this type of work].

I am available/not available [insert dates]

Thank you for your time,  I hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards,

[Insert Name].

As an example, below is a sample covering letter for the role of Trainee Recruitment Consultant from a University student who is soon to graduate.

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to apply for the position of Recruitment Consultant in your Chesterfield branch.

Previously I have worked in sales, both in an office environment and also door-to-door, making me suitable for the above role.  Currently I am in my last year of university undertaking my final exams, and will be available full time from the 31st May.

I am interested in working for your company as my degree in Human Resources has given me valuable skills, knowledge and a real taste of the recruitment industry.  Your company’s growth in recent years in addition to the great culture of your workplace (which I can see from your website/Facebook page) make it a very attractive place to work.

I am available Tuesdays and Thursdays after 12pm.

Thank you for your time,  I hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards,

Jane Smith.

 

You should keep your cover letter as short and concise as possible whilst including all relevant information – you’ve probably heard that recruiters skim CV’s/applications for information, and quickly decide whether to call or delete your CV – a harsh reality you must protect yourself against. Good luck!