Covering Letter

Covering Letter

Covering Letter

We spend a lot of time on our CVs but forget one equally important document – the cover letter. Often. This is the first document recruiters, and managers read before going through your CV.

Well done, it can excite the reader to find out more about you, such as reading your CV. Badly written, it can develop a prejudice in the reader that affects how they take in the qualifications in your CV.

To prevent the latter scenario, try these tips on writing cover letters that enhance how your well-crafted CV is received.

Do your research

You need to convince the reader that you are knowledgeable about the company, the position you’re applying for and that you did not just attach a generic cover letter to your CV. This tells them that you know what will be asked of you, that you are genuinely interested in the job and that you are not haphazardly applying for any position.

Knowing what the hiring company does, who their target audience is and what the role involves also help you craft a cover letter that matches your skills and abilities to the company’s requirements. Plus, this prepares you for the job interview.

While doing your research, take time to know the name of the recruiter. A letter that has an addressee is more impressive than one that merely says, ‘Dear Sir’.

Balance being professional and conversational

The cover letter is your chance to show a bit of personality and give a glimpse of how well you write in a professional construct.

Brevity is power. Focus your letter on why you want this position, why you want to work for the company and what makes you a great fit. Do not just ramble or repeat what is written in your CV. This is your chance to show your sincerity, how you organise your thoughts and how well you create a proposition.

With a bit of effort, you can write a cover letter that sells you well.

KennedyPearce Consulting is a recruiting agency in London for finance, HR, executive, and operations roles. We help employers find the perfect candidate, and we help job seekers find the perfect role.

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