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Include a covering letter
When applying for a position, whether that be your first job, graduate scheme or internship, you will need to highlight why you should be selected above other candidates. One way to ensure you stand out and better position yourself as the ideal candidate is through a covering letter.
A cover letter should always accompany your CV when applying for a position. Your CV will highlight your skills and achievements but your cover letter further links these back to the position and why you should be offered the role above any other candidate.
What to include in a cover letter
Your cover letter should be set out in a similar design to a formal letter. Address your cover letter to the interviewer or listed contact for the position. Include your contact details and the job you are applying for. It should be formal but personal and tailored to the role.
Explain why you are interested in the job and detail what skills and experience you possess which will enable you to excel in the role. It is always beneficial to include examples in your letter, so if the role requires a confident well-spoken professional and you are an excellent public speaker, highlight this and back it up with a recent achievement.
To conclude, highlight why you want the position and the positive impact you can have in the role. Invite them to get in touch via your provided contact details then use a complimentary close signed with your name.
Cover letter layout
Now that you have tailored your cover letter to the role you’re applying for, make sure your social media accounts are helping to positively shape your brand. Read “Be smart with social media” here. Now you’re ready to apply for jobs.