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Covering Letters - A CV Centre Guide
covering letter that you send to a potential employer is arguably just
as important as the CV or application form that it accompanies. It is
the ideal opportunity for you to expand on the skills and experiences
that are highlighted in your CV while also enabling you to express your
personality. There are two principal types of cover letter which accompany
CVs - Advertisement Response and Speculative - and we will run through both in
It is advisable to make sure that you actually match any essential criteria
specified in the job advertisement before you send in your application. For example,
if a job advertisement specifies that the candidate must have ten years experience
in IT support, and you have only four years experience, there is probably
very little point in your applying for the position. However, there are
some circumstances in which some degree of flexibility may apply. An example
of this could be if the job requires an "excellent working knowledge
of the Microsoft Office Suite" and, although you have no practical
experience it its application, you have recently completed the CLAIT qualification
so do have a good theoretical knowledge. It is a matter of judgment, but
clearly you don't wish to waste either your time, or the recruiter's time.
The principal content of a speculative letter can follow similar lines
to the advertisement response type, making sure once again to tailor the letter
towards the company or organisation in question. However, the way you
open and the way you close the letter will of course need to be different.
In general, whichever type of cover letter you are producing, it is important that it is written concisely and articulately. Take your time over it; do not rush. It is also essential to check that there are no spelling or grammatical errors as this is very possibly the recruiter's first impression of you. Make sure it is a positive one.
Of course, the above advice may well be 'easier said than done' and the best way to ensure your covering letters inspire the reader to turn over enthusiastically - and read the accompanying CV - is to enlist the services of a professional. Find out how The CV Centre can help you to maximise your chances of getting through to the interview stage. The CV Centre is the UK's most popular CV consultancy and, with many years experience in this sector, you can be sure our cover letters are of the highest possible quality.
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