There is no right or wrong way to write a covering letter, but it will be easier to write a good covering letter if you set out clear objectives and present them in a clear way.
- Explain who you are and why you are writing
- If you are responding to an advert state when and where you saw it
- Quote the reference number if one has been provided
- Mention if you have had any previous contact with the company
- Confirm that your CV is enclosed
- Briefly explain your job and qualifications
- Highlight skills that are appropriate for the job and the company
- Relevant work experience
- Refer to your CV, e.g. "As you will see from my enclosed CV…" this will entice them to read on and pay more close attention to your CV
- This is your opportunity to expand on information provided in your CV, but be careful not to oversell yourself or make too much of things that aren't mentioned in your CV at all.
- Give details of your interest in the company and why you want to join them
- Include some facts about the company to prove your knowledge and research, e.g. "As the largest supplier of tar in the Midlands…"
- Mention anything that has contributed to your interest in them, e.g. presentations, job fairs, contact with representatives through previous employment
- Request an opportunity for an interview
- State how you will follow up this application: either wait for their response or if appropriate say that you will telephone in a few days to discuss the matter further
Remember, if you say that you are going to call make sure you do!
- End politely and without a fuss
- Sign the letter with your name clearly repeated under your signature
- Remember to include your contact details in the letter