Susanna Cha, writing on behalf of Guardian Jobs including about graduate jobs, marketing jobs and more, shares her tips and advice for writing a successful covering letter for a job.
Covering Letter Writing Tips
Use black Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font with single spacing and a one inch margin. Print out onto A4 paper. Create a letterhead with your name in 14 point bold and your address and contact details in 12 point to give the top a clean, professional look.
Three paragraphs will have an easy-to-read flow and contain all the relevant information without unnecessary fluff.
Introduce yourself, your graduate status, where you live and attended school. Mention the specific post you are applying for, using the designation from the job posting. Let them know where you found out about the job. State your qualifications and strengths relevant to the post and according to the specific requirements of the recruiter.
Follow on by expanding on your strengths, skills, qualifications, experience and background without copying your curriculum vitae (CV). Be succinct and imaginative, setting out how all of this relates to the job. Let them know how you can contribute to their profitability.
Be assertive without seeming presumptuous by requesting an interview or response. Direct the reader to your enclosed CV. Ensure you leave details of when and where you can be reached. State your willingness to supply further information if required and be polite enough to thank the reader for their time and consideration.
Conclude with the formal tone of âSincerelyâ or âRegards.â
Write actively and in the first person. Rather than âIâveâ you should write âI have.â Be varied in your syntax, avoiding âIâ at the beginning of each sentence or paragraph. Be formal without appearing stuffy and check punctuation.
Proof Your Covering Letter
Proofread for grammatical errors. Use a spelling check facility. It is crucial that you spell the company name, the addressee and their designation correctly.
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