supporting letter, a few seconds to convince.

The cover letter is often the key that will open the door to a job interview. It has to be attractive and should generate curiosity from the recruiter.

The important points to address

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Recruiters receive hundreds of applications, so always try to tailor the letter to the job you are applying for.

  • Introduce yourself and state the purpose of your letter (include the reference to the advert if relevant).
  • Describe your current post and qualifications. Keep it brief – the details will be in your CV.
  • Say why you think you are the right fit for the post and the company.
  • Don’t be afraid of asking for an interview – it will show how serious you are about your application.
  • Including information about the company can also create a positive impression with the recruiter. Doing some research beforehand can be very helpful.

A few more tips:

  •  Avoid addressing the letter “Dear Madam” or “Dear Sir” - take the time to find the name of the person in charge of recruitment.
  • Watch your spelling, grammar and punctuation. Get someone to check through your letter, as this is the first impression of you that the recruiter will have.
  • Highlight your plus points in relation to the requirements stated in the advert.
  • And if you send your application by email, don’t forget to attach your CV!