Write a cover letter
- This is a formal business letter – rules apply! jk;ljkl;jkl;
- The cover letter needs to include information about your motivation: why do you want to work in this job? …in this organisation?
- Target this to the job’s requirements – always read the person requirements (the attributes about the ideal candidate)
- Address all these requirements and give examples for your statements, i.e. don’t just say you’ve got team-working experience – where have you worked in teams?
- Your examples can come from your studies, work experience, volunteering or interests/society involvement (e.g. being actively engaged in a student society might give you many different examples to chose from).
- Your claims need to be backed up by your CV; you can refer to a particular work experience in your CV without restating the details.
- Don’t make any assumptions or expect the employer to assume anything. For example, if you have a French name, this does not mean the employer will interpret this to mean that you speak French fluently.
- By way of summary/conclusion you could include a brief statement about what you will bring to the employer and your ability to make an immediate contribution to their business (this is what employers call ‘hitting the ground running’).
- Click here for a step-by-step guide for graduate jobs
- Click here for a step-by-step guide for internship and Year in Industry applications
- Handout about speculative letter of application for year in industry placements
- Example of a cover letter (Source: TargetJobs)
- Click here for a Cover Letter Checklist – Please print this out and use to evaluate the effectiveness of your covering letter, before you send it out!