Cover Letter Tips Advice ‘Do’s and Don’ts’

by Vocational Impact|May 20 2019|Blog
Cover Letter Dos and Dont's, Career Advice, Student Advice, Vocational Impact

It is important that your cover letter makes an impact on the target employer. This is the first piece of information they receive about you and you want to persuade them that you are a suitable candidate.

Read on for how to make your application stand out from the competition. 

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Always address your cover letter to a named person, which means you need to make an effort to find out who might be reading your cover letter. 

Your cover letter should not be more than one page (A4) and your paragraphs should be clear and short.

Do your RESEARCH, it is essential that you target it towards your potential employer. It shows you are keen to go the extra mile to fit the position in the company.

Use your cover letter to highlight relevant experience and information that is in your CV 

If you’re applying for a volunteer role, you should relate back to any past expertise that you may have in this field.

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Your cover letter can also be used to explain any irregularities that have arisen in your CV, such as gaps in employment. 

It can be used to highlight all the COOL and AMAZING things you have done that might show your courage, or communication skills or creativity.  

Don’t feel afraid to SHOUT about yourself. It’s great to see achievements and good things that you have done on a cover letter. This makes you memorable, for example; ‘I was promoted to team leader whilst volunteering for a project’.

It is important to be as truthful and honest as possible in both your CV and cover letter, you don’t want to be in the interview with the employer and them to call you out on something you wrote in your cover letter but it wasn’t the whole truth!!

When concluding the cover letter, make sure to thank the employer for taking the time to read your cover letter and for considering your application for the job role.

We hope that you can use some of these insights to help you improve your cover letter. Whether you are applying to one of our volunteer projects or you have already been and are now applying for jobs we wish you the best of luck.

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