How to write a cover letter?
Keep your cover letter concise, while making sure it emphasises your suitability for the job at hand.
- First paragraph – The opening statement should set out why you’re writing the letter. Begin by stating the position you’re applying for, where you saw it advertised and when you are available to start.
- Second paragraph – Explain why you’re suitable for the job and what attracted you to this type of work. Here you should also explain why you’re interested in working for the company.
- Third paragraph – Highlight relevant experience and demonstrate how your skills match the specific requirements of the job description. Explain how these could benefit the company.
- Last paragraph – Use the closing paragraph to reiterate your interest in the role and indicate your desire for a personal interview.
Always try and address your cover letter directly to the person who will be reading it. Bear in mind that you’re more likely to receive a reply if you send it to the right person.
Advertised positions usually include a contact name, but if not, it is worth taking the time to find out who the letter should be addressed to. You can do this by searching the company’s website for details of the hiring manager or alternatively you could call the organisation to ask who you should address your letter to. LinkedIn can also be very useful here.
How you sign off your cover letter depends on how you addressed it. If you include a named contact, sign off ‘yours sincerely’. If you use a general greeting, finish with ‘yours faithfully’.