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Some short tips and cover letter examples

In most cases, cover letters are the first chance you have to make an impression on a potential employer. We've rounded up some short tips and cover letter examples to help you wow employers and blow the competition out of the water! Here are the top tips to impress..

  • Keep it brief - no longer than one side of an A4 page. Be succinct and don't waffle to fill up space. Three short paragraphs can often be enough - you don't want to bore the employer with useless filler information.
  • Don't repeat information from your CV - it's a waste of your own time and the employer's time. Use your cover letter to draw together your skills and experience with the requirements of this particular job.
  • Make it specific. Never use the same cover letter to apply for different jobs. Refer to the company specifically and state why you are interested in working with them.
  • Tailor your letter to the job criteria that's been advertised. Repeat key words and phrases and show how you have demonstrated these.
  • Avoid jargon - remember that it may be the HR department or a senior manager that deals with your application, and they may not be familiar with industry terms.
  • Cut out vague statements (like 'I'm extremely hard working'). Unless you follow up with a good example, they're meaningless clichés.
  • Ask someone to proofread your cover letter. This is not just to check for errors, but to make sure that it reads well and conveys your message effectively.

 

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