When preparing for any job application you will need a well written cover letter. Writing a cover letter enables you to target your application, express your skills and highlight why you want to work for a particular organisation. But before writing a cover letter you should identify the different types to ensure you are sending the most appropriate one.
If you have created your CV template and designed it to appeal to a specific industry then it would be beneficial to write a cover letter to match. It could be that you have studied at University for a job in the industry or you might just want to send a speculative cover letter to a specific employer. Either way, you need to highlight your skills and attributes and demonstrate why you would be a great candidate for the industry. You also need to outline why you want to work in this industry and what you have done to get where you are today.
Enquiry/General Cover Letter
There will certainly be times throughout your job search that you will want to send out multiple applications to a variety of different companies. Creating a general cover letter and keeping it quite generic and simple is fine for this. Outline your key skills, highlight any career achievements and briefly explain why you are looking for a new challenge.
Thank You Letter
If you have attended a job interview or met a company at a career fair you may want to create a thank you cover letter. This only needs to be brief but you can send it with or without your CV to thank the employer for their time. For more information on this read our article on writing a thank you note.
Response to a Job Advert
If you have seen a job advert on the internet or in the local paper and want to send your application it is crucial that you make your cover letter very specific and personal. Mention the employer’s name so they know you have taken the time to write a dedicated letter. Mention aspirations you have for the company and why you want to work there and ensure you tie your skills in with the job specification.