When writing cover letters there are quite a few things to consider and, at first, it may be a tad overwhelming. It’s always a good idea to look at cover letter samples and cover letter templates when building your CV, as often the cover letter is what really sells your personality and experience and outlines why you are the right person for the job.
There are lots of different types of cover letters but, generally speaking, each one should include the following points to enhance your chances of employment:
- Keep it short! It needs to be concise and the person reading it needs to find all the relevant information in the first few paragraphs (much like when you’re writing a CV)
- Include references to the employer where possible – heading the cover letter with the employers title, address and business name
- Date the letter
- Include a brief self introduction, why you are interested in the position, education and skills that fit the criteria, why you are right for the role and all your contact details
As well as the usual cover letter, you can also use a referral – a very powerful tool if used correctly!
Widely known as letters of recommendation and often a mixture of a cover letter and a reference, the referral is quite different from other types of cover letters as not only are they complimentary to a CV, but they’re also good business networking tools.
Referrals provide information to prospective employers about a person or another business. Usually they include a personal reference about the candidate in question and any relevant information that supports the application.
When writing a CV or cover letter, if you have a good relationship with a previous employer it is a good idea to ask them for a referral to use alongside your own as it will add weight to your application.
There are no standard rules to how they should be written – it of course depends on the individual. Generally, it should be headed as a business letter. There is some scope for personal comments, but as the letter may be kept on file, it’s important it is written correctly.
When asking for a referral, ensure that it includes the following information:
- The name of the person being referred
- The relationship between the person and the referral
- Specific recommendations
- Explanation as to why they think the person is right for the job
- Achievements they have noted
Now that you’ve got some more information on cover letters and referrals you’ll need to create a CV and cover letter, why not start with our CV builder tool today?