Doing Cover Letters the Right WayPeter HolbrookRandstad Technologies
Introduction      •    Before any employer even eyes on your CV they will make           a snap judgement based on the cov...
What to Write in Your Cover Letter      •   A good covering letter must always contain the following          information:...
Formatting Your Covering Letter      •   Use freely available downloaded cover letter templates as          guidance but a...
Addressing your Covering Letter      •   Always direct your application directly to an individual within          an organ...
What to Write in Your Covering Letter      •   First paragraph - Keep it formal & basic, stating which          position y...
Finishing Off Your Cover Letter      •   Sign-off using ‘yours sincerely’ or ‘Yours Faithfully’ if the          letter is ...
Final Checks Before Sending Out Your Cover Letter      •   Double-Check It - Read through your letter carefully to        ...
About Randstad Technologies      The Randstad Group is the world’s second      largest recruitment company, with experienc...
About Randstad Technologies      The Randstad Group is the world’s second      largest recruitment company, with experienc...
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Nailing down your dream job relies on making a great impression - here's some practical advice from www.randstad.co.uk on how to make a good impression with your covering letter.

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CV Tips: Doing Covering Letters the Right Way

  1. 1. Doing Cover Letters the Right WayPeter HolbrookRandstad Technologies
  2. 2. Introduction • Before any employer even eyes on your CV they will make a snap judgement based on the cover letter that accompanies it. • This makes your cover letter the king of the recruitment process and often a weak spot for IT professionals who may be skilled workers, but lack the writing skills to craft a killer cover letter. Fret not! This brief guide is designed to take the pain out of creating the perfect cover letter2
  3. 3. What to Write in Your Cover Letter • A good covering letter must always contain the following information: • name of the sender • addressee, place and date • subject (with job reference number) • your motivation for applying • your experience and suitability for the role • conclusion and signature3
  4. 4. Formatting Your Covering Letter • Use freely available downloaded cover letter templates as guidance but always personalise & adapt it to your specifications. • Stop sending your cover letters as emails – it’s more professional to write and format using a Word Document or PDF which matches the style of your accompanying CV. • Don’t waffle. Generally a cover letter should not be longer than one page, containing four or five paragraphs. • Head up your letter with your full postal address (including post code), and the date. 4
  5. 5. Addressing your Covering Letter • Always direct your application directly to an individual within an organization – even when making speculative job applications (do a little research to identify the right recipient) • Before continuing, make sure that the job for which you’re applying is clearly stated and that the addressee’s details are correct.5
  6. 6. What to Write in Your Covering Letter • First paragraph - Keep it formal & basic, stating which position you’re applying for, how you heard about it & what documents you’re submitting. • Second Paragraph – outline why you are interested in the particular position & organisation, also mention how the opportunity will benefit your career plan. • Third & Fourth Paragraphs – sum up your key technical competencies & previous work experience, explaining how they make you eligible for the job. • The Final / Closing Paragraph - a positive statement outlining your availability for an interview.6
  7. 7. Finishing Off Your Cover Letter • Sign-off using ‘yours sincerely’ or ‘Yours Faithfully’ if the letter is addressed to an anonymous Sir/Madam) • Insert your full name & signature (if sending via post)7
  8. 8. Final Checks Before Sending Out Your Cover Letter • Double-Check It - Read through your letter carefully to ensure it flows and is free of typos as well as grammar, punctuation and spelling errors (spell and grammar check if necessary). • Triple-Check It - Many people stop reading a letter at the first mistake, so check your letter carefully for language, spelling or syntax errors. • NOTE: Computer spell and grammar checks will catch most mistakes but is never fool-proof, so have someone else read through your letter to be absolutely sure you send it to the right person. • Package up your documents and send off, enjoy a coffee.8
  9. 9. About Randstad Technologies The Randstad Group is the world’s second largest recruitment company, with experience spanning half a century – and Randstad Technologies has been specialising in matching IT professionals with the top companies for 35 years. This means that no recruitment agency is surely better placed to advise candidates on the best way to nail down their dream job, and it all begins with making an impressive application.9
  10. 10. About Randstad Technologies The Randstad Group is the world’s second largest recruitment company, with experience spanning half a century – and Randstad Technologies has been specialising in matching IT professionals with the top companies for 35 years. This means that no recruitment agency is surely better placed to advise candidates on the best way to nail down their dream job, and it all begins with making an impressive application.9

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