A covering letter is the first contact an employer will have with you, it should accompany any application for employment, whether you are sending an application form or a CV. If you are sending an application form by e mail, then your e mail is the covering letter in that case.
- Type it if possible, if not write very neatly on blank paper. Use a sheet of lined paper behind so that you write in straight lines.
- Use a clear letter structure.
- Use positive language.
- It should not be too long.
- Your address in top right corner
- Their address on left hand side above the “Dear Such and Such”.
- If you know their name then “Dear Mr McAlistar” and end the letter with Yours sincerely
- If you do not know their name write Dear Sir/Madam and end letter with Yours faithfully.
- If there is a reference number for the job put it below the “Dear”
There should be three parts to any covering letter.
Part 1 – Say why you are writing – “I am writing in application for the position of _________, which I saw in the _____ newspaper or website. “I am a senior pupil at Linwood High School looking for a challenging opportunity in ________”
Part 2 – Tell them about yourself, briefly, what qualities and skills do you have for this job. Summarise your personal statement from your CV with the most important bits.
Part 3 – Say when you are available for interview – that you can be reached at any time on the telephone number and e mail address below and that you look forward to hearing from them.
Use this template for guidance.
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