This is your chance to make an excellent first impression and stand out from the crowd.
Your covering letter will be the first contact point with a potential employer and its purpose is to introduce you and gain a positive response leading to a first interview.
Keep it simple and professional and limit it to one page.
- Make the content interesting and relevant to the job you are applying for and showcase your key skills and relevant experience.
- Demonstrate your individual qualities and why they can benefit a potential employer.
Remember, this is NOT your CV and it should be brief and specific to the role that you are applying for.
When submitting your CV to a potential employer the goal is of course to obtain an interview. The presentation of your CV is crucial and it will form an instant impression on the person/company receiving it.
- Ideally your CV should be no longer than 3 pages in length, keep the reader interested by being concise and accurate.
- Ensure that your CV is factual, evidence based and well presented
- Ensure gaps in employment are detailed and accurate. If you can demonstrate that you have used these periods constructively they can in fact be a positive rather than an issue
- Highlight your strengths and transferable skills along with your previous successes
Include the following:
- Personal details
- Education and qualifications
- Employment history (current/most recent role first)
- Responsibilities and achievements
- Specific industry skills
Be sure that your CV is honest and accurate and can be verified as it will be discussed should you be offered an interview.
This is your only chance to make a favourable first impression!