Leadership Tip

How to write an engaging cover letter

First impressions are important. While CVs give employers the facts about your career and education, cover letters are a way to expand on these facts and convey personality. If you’re not hearing back from recruiters, the letters accompanying your resume may need a little more work. Not sure how to write an engaging letter? These tips will put you on the right track:

  1. Remember the goal: Which is to land an interview. Stick to one page and only include relevant information that outlines your suitability for the job.
     
  2. Don’t repeat, expand: There’s no need to recap your CV. Your cover letter is about giving prospective employers more details and context.
     
  3. Customise: Cover letters are a way to set yourself apart. Generic copy-and-paste applications are rarely considered.
     
  4. Focus on the employer: Take time to understand the role and demonstrate how your background and skills address the needs of the organisation.
     
  5. Use plain language: Cover letters should be easy to read, so pay attention to wording, formatting, font and text size. Don’t forget to proofread.

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