How to write a great covering letter or email when applying for a job

These are our top tips

  • Follow the instructions carefully
  • The company might have more than one vacancy, make sure you put the name of the role you are applying for on your letter
  • Link your skills to the job advert
  • Use a professional email address and one that you check on a regular basis
  • Avoid using abbreviations and slang
  • Wherever possible address the letter or email to a specific person, but make sure you spell their name and job title correctly
  • You can add your cover letter as an attachment or put the words in the body of the email
  • If you do not attach a cover letter to your email, don’t forget to include a covering email
  • Make sure you mention why you want the job, what experience you have that means you will do the job well and what makes you stand out from other candidates
  • Be confident and optimistic – expect to hear back from them
  • Refer to your CV, but don’t repeat it word for word
  • Give an idea of your availability – when you could start
  • Make sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes

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