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Example Resumes : Example Resumes A well written covering letter can greatly enhance your job applicaton. The main purpose of the letter is to motivate the recipient to read your CV.

Joanne Taylor's letter could be better.

Joanne saw the following vacancies advertised in a national newspaper.

Graduate Trainees Required - Personnel Function

Hemmings the Retailers requires graduates of outstanding calibre to train in all aspects of Personnel Management. As the company has a number of sites nationally, successful applicants must be prepared to be mobile for the first 2 years.

Hemmings offers first class training and actively encourages successful applicants to study for professional qualifications. The company has an active policy of developing its staff and therefore rapid career advancement is possible. A competitive salary along with usual benefits is on offer.

CVs are welcome from graduates able to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, who thrive on the challenges of a constantly changing environment. Please also state what appeals to you about a career in personnel and why you believe you can contribute to our success.

Write enclosing your CV to Gary Cole, Graduate Recruitment Officer, Hemmings U'd., Victoria House, Basford, Nottingham NG74PD.

Joanne analyses the advertisement and drafts the following reply.

Mr Gary Cole
Graduate Recruitment Officer
Hemmings Ltd
Victoria House

15 Cherrybush Ave
Stoke on Trent

2nd May 20XX

Dear Gary

Re: Graduate Trainees - Personnel Function

Please find enclosed my CV in connection with the above. As my CV indicates, I have already gained experience in the retail industry and am keen to continue this within the Personnel function.

Having discussed with several people the role of personnel within an organisation, I am excited at the prospect of being involved in such an area. The recent merger of the Institute of Personnel Management with the ITD is, I believe, a positive step and indicates the significant role the Human Resource function has to play in business. I see personnel related in broad terms to the management of people within an organisation and as people are an organisation's biggest asset, I see this as the kind of challenging position I require.

My excellent communication skills were developed during my time at university where I was used to addressing large audiences through my involvement with the Student Union and also on a one to one basis in other capacities.

The retail industry is going through many changes at present with the onset of foreign competition and home shopping. These are exciting and challenging times and I believe I possess the necessary drive, commitment and dedication to help ensure that Hemmings Ltd continues to be successful.

I look forward to the opportunity of discussing the position in more detail.

Yours sincerely

Joanne Taylor


This is an example of a good letter although there are two areas of concern.

Joanne's letter is addressed to Gary rather than Mr Cole. There is no definite right or wrong answer to how he should have been addressed. However, using his first name may be seen as being over familiar. It is better to err on the side of caution in most cases and therefore Mr. Cole would be more appropriate.

The advert specified that mobility was required. Joanne has failed to address this in her letter. The reader may assume she is mobile because she has applied. However, her letter would have been improved if she had addressed all the issues in the advert.

The good points of the letter areā€¦.

Joanne addresses the issue of why she wants to work in personnel and develops this by showing a knowledge of background related Issues.

Evidence of her excellent communication skills is backed up with an example from her involvement with the Student Union.

Her ending is positive and also shows an understanding of the challenges the retail industry is facing. The impression she creates is that this is not any old job, but one she is interested in and has researched.


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A well written covering letter can greatly enhance your job applicaton.

The main purpose of the letter is to motivate the recipient to read your CV.

Your letter can help tailor and personalise your application by emphasising relevant points.

Like your CV, your letter may differ in length and style depending or your objectives and the situation.

Always analyse an advert and identify requirements before writing your letter.

Ensure your letter is correctly laid out and is well presented.

Purchase a pad of quality paper.

Points to consider

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