A covering letter is a document which introduces you, and your CV, to prospective employers. Covering letters are not just used exclusively to apply for jobs - they can also be used speculatively to apply for work placements, project opportunities or to enquire as to the availability of work.
Often a cover letter is your first communication with an employer and, therefore, it's important that you make a good impression. It should succinctly demonstrate that you are suitable for the position, and organisation, and ensure the employer wants to find out more about you.
Typically, you should include the details of the job role that you're applying for, where you saw it advertised and any reference details that are stated in the job advert. If you are applying speculatively, ensure that you include some detail about the type of roles you would be interested in.
You will also need to cover why you're applying for the role, and why you're applying to this particular company. Make sure that you have done some research so that you can impress the recruiter's with your enthusiasm.
You might want to use our handy Covering Letter Template which guides you through the format and content of a typical covering letter.
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