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A covering letter is sent with your CV, and it's your chance to sell yourself a little more, to the person who will hopefully be your future boss! Unlike your CV, which is all about your experience, skills, qualifications etc, your covering letter allows you to express your character, passion and enthusiasm for the position you're about apply to.
If you’re sending your CV speculatively, (ie you’re not sure if they have a job, so you’re contacting them on the outside chance that they will) then this letter will explain why you’ve sent them you CV.
When done well, a covering letter can definitely enhance your chances of being offered a job interview. On the other hand, a poorly written covering letter can blow your chances of work out of the water!
This guide will hopefully help you to write one that will turn the tables in your direction!