In the days when you would have applied for a job by post, your cover letter would have been your first chance to `wow¿ the employer. Nowadays it¿s much more common to apply for jobs online or by email, but the cover letter is still just as important.
Whether your cover letter is hand written or electronic, it`ll be the first thing an employer reads. This means it¿s a good idea to write something short and snappy that makes your reader want to take a look at your CV or application form.
If you're applying to a number of similar positions, then it¿s tempting to keep using the same cover letter. However, it¿s best to change your letter slightly for each position. Don¿t forget to update the company, job, and contact information ¿ if Mr. Smith is addressed as Mrs. Jones then your application form could end up in the bin!
Most importantly, you should always include your contact details. You might already have this information on your CV, but there's no harm doubling up.
We¿ve also created an example cover letter to give you some extra help and guidance if you need it. Just download this word document (144KB).
Now you've done your cover letter make sure your cv is up to scratch. Use our template to get you started.