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Writing a cover letter

Your covering letter acts as the introduction to your application and is your personal sales pitch. Your CV contains the facts, the cover letter is about your motivation and fit for the organisation and role. You have no idea which the employer will look at first so make sure they are both strong.

Use a cover letter with your CV to apply for advertised vacancies (unless the instructions state not to).

Cover letter toolkit

In brief it should cover:

  1. Why you are applying to this company? - What makes them stand out from other similar companies?
  2. Why you are applying for this role? - Your motivation for applying, show your understanding of the role.
  3. The skills and experience you have that match the job description.