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How to Write a Covering Letter

A covering letter is your first point of contact with a potential employer, make it shine by following these simple tips

A covering letter is your first point of contact with a potential employer, make it shine by following these simple tips

Don’t repeat what's on your CV

A covering letter should be short, to the point and should not repeat your CV. Don’t put too much detail in your covering letter, save that for your CV. Your covering letter should be an introduction, a summary of your experience, and details on why you fit the job you’re applying for.


Don’t be boring

Avoid being boring and only writing a covering letter for the sake of having one. Avoid the obvious don’t start your covering letter with the following: "Hi, my name is John. I am applying for the position of Manager. I have 5 years managerial experience..." Rather go for something that stands out a bit more such as: "I am a young and passionate individual who takes pride in their work. I have managed a diverse group of people for the past 5 years with a focus on individual growth, team building and high standards.”.


Keep it short

Your covering letter serves as an introduction, not your life story. Keep it as brief as possible, while still covering the essentials


Write a covering letter per job

Applying for jobs can be a tedious process, and it’s easy to become lazy and send the same covering letter for all the jobs you’re applying for. Make your CV stand out by tailoring your covering letter to the employer you’re applying with


Hopefully these tips will help you write a better cover letter and find a great job.


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How to Write a Covering Letter