Your covering letter should be a snapshot of your CV and complements it by highlighting the most relevant parts of the job description and your CV. In other words match the job description to your CV. Once you are happy with the covering letter pass it to a friend to proof read and review it.
How to write a good cover letter
The cover letter should be addressed to a named person. You may get this information by phoning the company to find out the name of the person that deals with recruitment. This will also help in following up the application if you haven’t heard back from the company. Avoid using ‘Dear, Sir or Madam’. Make sure you include the position you are applying for, the reference number if applicable and your full name. Aim to keep the covering letter to one page.
The cover letter needs to be straight to the point listing your skills and experience telling them why you are the right person for the position. Explain why you are interested in working for this employer and demonstrate your enthusiasm. Highlight your key experience by mentioning the key projects you have worked on and the challenges you had to overcome. Perhaps discuss challenges/awards that you may have won from university, social events or your current employer. Tailor the covering letter to your potential employer, do not send a standard letter.
Demonstrate on your covering letter that you have researched their organisation and gained further information from the website about the company and the projects.
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