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Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

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How to write a covering letter

Many candidates have difficulty writing an effective covering letter. A good covering letter can help you to get the job.

A covering letter is a necessity. Use a covering letter is to:

  • Summarize your skills and strengths
  • Express your enthusiasm
  • Supply additional information that can't be covered properly in the resume (i.e. salary expectations)
  • Cover any concerns that can't be explained in enough depth on the resume (i.e. you can use it to explain what would otherwise appear as job hopping, or you can explain lengthy abscences from the workforce, and other concerns)

Things to avoid

Self focused letters. These are letters that focuses too much on their needs (i.e minimum salary demands) and not on the employer's needs.

A letter that does not add any value. These are short letters that merely states that the CV is enclosed or just repeats info already on the resume. Unfortunately most covering letters fall into this category.

'Arrogant' letter that tries to to tell the employer how the company should run its business.

A 'creative' letter might be ok for creative positions such as those in PR or advertising only.

Letters that try to use 'big words'. These are the letters that tries to impress a reader with phrases people do not typically use in normal conversations such as 'in the furtherance of', or 'for your perusal'.

A good covering letter will increase your chances of success so take the time ro get it right. If you would like advice on your covering letter, then please CLICK HERE for further information.

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