3 tips for writing a killer cover letter

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No matter how good your CV might be, unless you’ve got a decent cover letter to accompany your CV, it might never get to the stage where it is read by the right person. A cover letter can help a job-seeker stand out from the pack – or it can do the opposite. It can make you look uncreative and blend in with other applicants. To make sure your cover letter stands out from the crowd, make sure you put time and effort into what you’re writing and give yourself the best chance you can at getting an interview.

Don’t regurgitate your CV

All the information you want a potential employer to read is on your CV, so instead of repeating yourself, try and use your cover letter to describe additional details and attributes that you can’t put on your CV. Use examples of when you used initiative, experience of team work, or any other examples of relevant experience you have that might apply to the role you want.

Don’t think about what the company will do for you, but what you can do for the company

Talking about how great the position would be for you is a common cover letter mistake. Instead, try and get across what you would bring to the position and the company – that’s what a potential employer wants to hear.

Showcase your abilities and skills

If your past experience doesn’t really sell you as the perfect candidate, but your skills do, try and get those points across in your cover letter instead, as it’s hard to sell those points in a CV. Don’t focus on what your last job entailed, but the skills you gained instead and how you would adapt them to the role you’re applying for instead.