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You are now well on the way to having a CV that will arouse interest in the reader and win you interviews. So why do we need a covering letter to go along with it?
Getting The Introductions Right PLANNING A GREAT COVERING LETTER
Your letter can further tailor your application by expanding on certain points from your CV.
A professionally presented letter adds to the overall impact of your CV.
As you can pay to have your CV done by an agency, some companies place greater emphasis on your letter, as it is more likely to be all your own work.
Taking the trouble to write a letter further highlights your interest in the position.
When do I use a covering letter?
Use a covering letter whenever you are contacting an organization or person with your CV. The only exception to this is when you are asked specifically not to do so or when an agency is submitting a CV on your behalf.
Will all organizations read my covering letter?
No. Some people will only be interested in reading your CV. However, as we don't know who these people are before we apply, it is always better to write a covering letter.
How long should my letter be?
Usually no more than one side of A4….. However, some of the first page will be taken up with their address and yours. So you may go on to a second page. As a guide, your actual letter (excluding addresses) should be no more than one page.
HANDWRITING OR WORD-PROCESSED:
Opinion varies as to which is best to do. Ultimately, it is a personal choice. Let's examine some of the advantages of both.
Advantages of handwriting
If your writing is neat, it can help your letter stand out from the crowd.
The reader may be impressed at the trouble you have gone to in writing a letter.
The letter gives your application a more personal touch.
Advantages of word processing
Your letter will appear more business-like and professional.
You are able to include more information in less space than with a hand-written letter.
Your letter will be easier to read.
You may of course have no choice, if you do not have access to a computer. If this is the case, you have three choices:
Pay to have your letter word-processed.
Get to know someone who has access to a computer.
Buy yourself a good pen!
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