Covering Letters

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.

Top Tips

  • 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.

Basic Rules

  • 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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