How to Write a Cover Letter That Gets You Noticed

Imagine that, like an actor, you have your own personal agent. When you apply for a job, the agent goes to meet the employer on your behalf.

He gives them a quick idea of who you are, your background and why you're the best person for the job. The employer is suitably impressed and promptly invites you for interview.

Unfortunately, the luxury of a personal agent giving our services the hard sell is something we're never likely to experience.

However, thinking about how somebody else might promote you, is a good way to start considering the cover letter that you send out with your CV. It has to introduce you, explain why you're a suitable candidate, and make that all-important link between your professional CV and the advertised job vacancy.

You'd expect your agent to dress smartly, wouldn't you? So for a start, your cover letter needs to look professional and business-like. Of course, just as you can get well-dressed agents who can't do their job properly, the effectiveness of your letter will depend on its content.

What Should You Write in Your Cover Letter?

Here are some golden rules taken from our professional CV writers that will hopefully steer you towards achieving great results:

What Else Can You Include in Your Cover Letter?

It's a good idea to mention your relevant personal qualities. Don't let modesty prevent you from mentioning your strengths.

Are you highly organised? Motivated by challenges? A good communicator? Happiest when working with the public? This is when you can give the employer an insight into your personality and characteristics as an employee.

Make sure that you sell yourself on your cover letter. Always make positive statements and never apologise for lack of experience, as you will only draw attention to it.

Finally, close the letter, saying you're available for interview and that you look forward to hearing from them.

If you know the person's name, then sign off with 'Yours sincerely'. If you don't, then use 'Yours faithfully'.

End the cover letter by typing your own name.

A Couple of Important Final Thoughts

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