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10 tips for a great covering letter

Your covering letter is more important than you think. We take you through 10 top tips that’ll help you improve it. The first tip is to customise the letter for each application.

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Read and reread your letter before sending it out. The slightest mistake will be picked up on and mistakes make you look unprofessional.

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Look at some examples of great covering letters. You’ll find them online. This will give you an idea where you’ve gone wrong with your one.

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Look at some examples of great covering letters. You’ll find them online. This will give you an idea where you’ve gone wrong with your one.

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Use a covering letter template. This is a great way of getting started or a way of improving on what you’ve got.

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Keywords are really important as they show that you understand the business and the industry to which you’re applying. Make sure you use them throughout the covering letter.

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Personalise your covering letter. Make sure that you get the name of the recruiter and address the covering letter to them. Get the spelling correct and the mailing address or you’ll look rushed and unprofessional.

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Personalise your covering letter. Make sure that you get the name of the recruiter and address the covering letter to them. Get the spelling correct and the mailing address or you’ll look rushed and unprofessional.

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Emailing a covering letter and CV isn’t something that a lot of us do. We do it if it’s part of the recruiter’s requirements but this is something to consider if you’re making yourself known to an organisation rather than applying for a job they’re advertising.

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Use the covering letter to explain any gaps in your employment record. You can be subtle when you do this, you don’t need to make a list and give reasons, but the covering letter is a great way of answering questions the recruiter will naturally have about your employment record.

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Keep a copy of your covering letter. You could use it as a basis for future applications.

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Use high grade paper as this suggests that you care and understand how important this application is.

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Use high grade paper as this suggests that you care and understand how important this application is.

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