Writing a cover letter can be difficult but it’s even more difficult if you are lacking work experience. It could be because you have just left University or that you haven’t had the opportunity to gain relevant experience in your chosen sector. Whatever the reason, here are a few tips to help you when writing your cover letter.
- Highlight your key skills and achievements. This does not have to be from a past job – it could be skills you have learnt at school or University. It can even be life skills you have picked up too – ensure you highlight these and let the employer know why they are relevant to the job.
- Have you ever taken part in a role play in school or University that you can relate to your job application? i.e. drama classes, business studies. If so, mention them!
- If you have a small amount of work experience you should demonstrate your role and responsibilities briefly in the cover letter. Ensure you match this with what is required in the new role to show how you fit the job profile.
- If you have worked in a volunteer position, either at home or abroad, it’s definitely worth bringing this up in the cover letter.
- Do you have a hobby? Do you use any skills that might be relevant to your job application? If so mention it.
- Some candidates, if they lack work experience, spend time interning to gain knowledge of their chosen industry. If you already have some internship experience, ensure the employer knows about this and demonstrate how it will enhance your performance in the new role. If you don’t have any experience it may be worth searching for an internship and applying to boost your cover letter and CV writing.
- Express why you want to work for them and what you know about their company. Showing an interest in their organisation and showing you have done your research will improve your chances of being hired.