How to: Write a Cover Letter
The covering letters that create a good first impression to us are those that are well constructed, don’t contain any spelling or grammar errors, and support the information you have provided in your CV.
Opening your Letter;
Do your research. Open your letter by addressing the person managing the applications for the role you are applying for and ensure the correct spelling of their name. Be short and to the point and explain why it is that you are writing. It is also useful to mention how you heard about the role or if someone referred you, mention their name here.
The S.A.O. Paragraph;
Why are you suitable for the job? We want to know about your successes and achievements, and the outcomes you have created. Briefly describe 1 or 2 key achievements within your career – be specific about your contribution to the success, avoid phrases like ‘the team’ and explain what difference your actions made to the project or overall business. A great method to use is the STAR technique. Remember to make examples relevant to the scope of the role you are applying for.
The ‘Current Situation’ Paragraph;
Explain why you are looking for a new job, e.g. “I am looking for a new role due to… salary, no progression, relocation” etc. Also here’s where you reiterate your interest in the role and why you would be the right candidate for the role.
Closing your Letter;
Sign off your cover letter with ‘Yours sincerely’, as long as you have addressed the recipient by name. If you have not and addressed the recipient with “Dear Sir / Madam” sign the letter with ‘Yours faithfully’.
Do’s and Don’ts;
- Don’t use text language
- Do check for spelling mistakes and bad grammar
- Do use professional, business language and tone
- Do ensure all information can be supported by your CV or at Interview
- Brunel Resources tip: only send one file…
Make the first page of your CV document, your covering letter for good practice. Name the file with your first and last name, and state that it is you CV and Covering Letter, e.g. “FirstName Surname – CV and Covering Letter.pdf”
Once you have created your Covering Letter;
You can apply for a job on the Brunel Resources website by visiting our jobs page, selecting your desired role and clicking on the ‘apply for job’ button.