This is a great choice for those who don’t have a huge amount of information to put on their CV. The focus is on the layout – perfect for more creative roles such as graphic design. Unlike many other fancy templates, you can edit this template in Microsoft Word – no need for fancy software! Just make sure you have the required free fonts (noted above) installed first, before you open up the file – otherwise Word will try to sub in replacement fonts and it won’t look quite the way it should.
Is a covering letter really that important for my CV application?
To put it simply – yes! A cover letter can be extremely beneficial to your job application, and will greatly increase your chances of gaining an interview.
If done correctly a cover letter can give you an edge over the rest of the applicants, especially the ones who haven’t written one, and allows the hiring manager to get a better picture of what you are able to offer the company.
What’s so great about a cover letter?
A CV doesn’t allow you to speak freely and directly to the employer, and the freedom that the covering letter provides makes your application more readable, friendlier, and offers you the chance to give more details about why you want the role, what you can offer the company, what your future plans are, and so on.
Don’t repeat what your CV already says
What you have to be really careful of when writing a cover letter is to not repeat what you’ve already stated in the CV. This renders the cover letter pretty pointless and doesn’t add any value to your CV and overall application.
Use your cover letter to tell the employer what attracted you to the role and why you applied, as well as covering other skills and experience that the CV wasn’t able to adequately cover.
You can of course expand upon details of your CV if you feel it brings something extra to your application, but remember to ensure the covering letter provides more information rather than regurgitate what was already there.