A twist on our main tables template, this template uses less colour but still makes great use of tables to present your details. The tables templates work really well if you have quite a bit of information that you need to include and you’re looking for a recruiter-friendly way to set everything out.
Four ingredients of the perfect covering letter
If you’ve never written a cover letter before then now’s the time. A cover letter is a fantastic way to introduce yourself to the hiring manager and make them aware of how important the role is to you and how well suited you are.
Here’s 4 great tips on how to write an amazing cover letter…
Use the company’s voice
In order to get a sense of the type of language the company uses as well as their overall culture, you’ll need to do lots of research. Find out what they sell, and who they sell it too. What kind of growth have they seen over the last five years, including any acquisitions or expansions? What are their goals for the foreseeable future?
Once you understand the company better you’ll be able to use the company’s voice within your cover letter. You’d be surprised at how effective this is!
Don’t be afraid to blow your own trumpet
It can often be hard to talk about yourself and to give a positive account of what you can offer to a company. Most people tend to err on the side of caution and talk themselves down a little.
You of course want to avoid coming across as over confident and arrogant, whilst at the same time not being confident enough. It can be a fine balance between the too, so we would advise getting a friend to read your cover letter and ask them how it comes across.
Does it have the right impact? Is it too confident or could it be more positive?
Ask a friend to read your cover letter
Having a friend read your cover letter and CV can make a huge difference. Another pair of eyes is always useful, and you should never solely rely on yourself to complete a cover letter and CV without any additional help.
They can help with spelling and grammatical errors, spacing and layout, overall look and presentation, and also the actual quality of your content.
For more information on who you should have proofread your cover letter and CV – click here.
Keep to one page
A cover letter should never go over two pages, and although you are able to expand upon your CV it still needs to be to the point and on topic. Consider using the same font, size and spacing as your CV so it looks consistent, but avoid the same restrictions that a CV offers like bullet points and sections.
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Jen Wiss-Carline has been a Senior Manager and Consultant for several sizeable companies which included dealing with all aspects of staff management and recruitment. She is also a Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive, having been admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.