If you are a graduate looking for your first job, you’ll know the importance of writing a good CV. But it’s also vital to have a good cover letter as it can help you to stand out from the competition. There are thousands of graduates looking for a job at the same time so you need to make your application stand out! Here are some tips on how to improve your cover letter writing.
The most important part of your cover letter is the content and what you choose to include. The employer will be looking for content that jumps out at them and that will usually include well written content, perfect grammar and content that is relevant to the job. Although the employer can see your past experience on your CV, they will look to your cover letter for clarification and further information. You should use your cover letter to explain your expertise and qualifications and your key skills that you feel are relevant to the job.
Examples of Work
An employer needs to see that you have work experience and this may be difficult if you are a graduate. However highlighting internships you have worked on, charity events or unpaid work experience will help you to stand out from your competition. You should also use facts and figures to explain how you made a difference in your previous work placements and to give the employer an idea of the impact you could have on their business.
It is essential that your cover letter is personalised to the employer. If you are just leaving university it is probably tempting to send out a generic cover letter to multiple employers but an employer will know if you have not personalised your application. Ensure you use the employer’s name and make the cover letter relevant to the job. This will demonstrate that you have taken time over the application process and that you are genuinely interested in working for the company.
As you will be competing against other graduates it’s vital that you show your ambition and willingness to learn. Although this will probably shine through on your CV, use your cover letter to explain why you want to work for the company and what you could bring to the position.