The aim of a successful CV / resume covering letter is to get the reader to either consider you for a position within their organisation or to introduce your CV/Resume. In both cases it is important that your letter is attention grabbing, well-written and demonstrates why the reader should contact you.

Keep in mind that your covering letter is meant to be an introduction to you and / or your CV and therefore should ideally be kept to one page. Try not to simply duplicate the information on your CV/Resume, instead use your cover letter to highlight the reasons why you are suitable for the role you are applying for.

It cannot be stressed how important it is to get a contact name! Think of what you would do if you receive a letter addressed to 'Whom it may concern'. Chances are it may end up in the pending tray or even in the bin. Taking a little time to find out a contact name will greatly improve the chance of your letter being read.

This cover letter guide is designed to provide you with a format for a CV covering letter. It may be modified to suit your specific needs, but try to make sure the following areas are covered:

1. The position for which you are applying.
2. Why you want the job.
3. How your skills are suitable for the job.
4. Your knowledge of the organisation.


Your Address

Date of Letter

Contact Person's Name and Title
Employer's Name
Employer's Address



Paragraph 1
Use this opening paragraph to state why you are writing. Name the position or type of work you are applying for, and mention how you heard of the opening or organisation.

Paragraph 2
Explain why you are interested in this type of work and why you chose this employer. State relevant work experience and qualifications, but do not repeat the information from your CV. Point out specific skills, training and abilities which relate to the job you are applying for. Highlight relevant information about the organisation you have gained from your research. Use this section to sell yourself.

Closing Paragraph
Close the letter with a positive statement or question which will prompt the reader to invite you for an interview or an informal meeting. Remember that the reader is evaluating your written communication skills in this letter, so pay attention to grammar and spelling.

Yours sincerely,



Enc: (This will let the recipient know that your CV / resume is enclosed)

Author's Bio: 

Harry James has over 10 years experience of designing and delivering Personal Development courses, offering career advice and guidance, team building and helping people into work.

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