Example Cover Letter
If you are wondering how to write a cover letter, this is the right place for you. Check out our cover letter template below for inspiration. Remember, the job market is highly competitive so use this cover letter example to help you stand out from the crowd!
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EXAMPLE ONLY: COVER LETTER
Dear Mrs Smith,
I would like to apply for the position of Marketing Intern as advertised on studentjob.co.uk. I am a second year student studying BSc Marketing at the University of Cardiff.
I have always had a keen interest in marketing which influenced my decision to study marketing at university and partake in my extracurricular activities. I am an active member of the Marketing Society where I help arrange events, society meetings and talks from prospective employers. Through my part-time job, I was responsible for establishing an effective marketing campaign for the launch of a new boutique in the centre of Cardiff, using various methods such as social media. I therefore have a strong understanding of how modern day marketing techniques can be used for business opportunities and networking. Furthermore, I was elected as the Team Leader as part of my degree module “Student Enterprise” where we were required to develop our own business idea and pitch it to potential investors against an opposing team. This allowed me to develop my leadership skills by delegating the appropriate roles and responsibilities to each team member, ensuring the team would successfully reach our aims and objectives.
I have many skills which I am able to contribute to the job role. My excellent communicational skills (both written and verbal) allow me to interact with members of an organisation from all levels. I have developed my public speaking and presentation skills through completing university presentations to new and prospective students and to my faculty department. I am organised, efficient and strive to complete any challenge given to me to the highest standard.
Attached is a copy of my CV. I am able to provide the names of referees who will support my application.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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Top tips to prepare your cover letter
Your cover letter gives you an opportunity to expand on things you were unable to in your CV. So we’ve listed top tips on how to make the most of writing your cover letter. We’ve also included an example which will help you get an idea of the layout and what should be included.
Advert response or Speculative cover letter
The concept of an advert response and speculative cover letter is the same. When you write an advert response, you are applying for a role you have seen advertised. If you are writing a speculative cover letter, you are sending out your cover letter and cv to a company without seeing a vacancy advertised.In both cases, you need to demonstrate your skills and knowledge of the firm.
Keep it short and sharp
Ensure you have researched the company and job role properly and that you are able to portray this knowledge in your cover letter. However, make sure your letter is concise and you’re not rambling on about why you should have the job. Your cover letter should be no more than one A4 side.
Adjust your writing style
A good cover letter is written in a formal, professional style, but not too formal that it’s difficult to read. Make sure the letter fits the style of the organisation and job role you are applying to.
Start your cover letter briefly explaining who you are, the role you are applying for, and where you found the job vacancy advertised. Don’t include too much information in the first paragraph as this information is detailed later on in your cover letter.
In this paragraph detail why you have an interest in the job role and any background knowledge which will support this.
This is where you explain what skills you have, the qualifications which specifically apply to the job role, and what you can offer to the employer. It is important you don’t repeat yourself from what you’ve written in your CV!
Conclude your cover letter thanking the employer for their time and mention that your CV and references are attached (if applicable).
Proof read Grammatical errors in a cover letter give off a bad first impression and can make the difference between you or another candidate being selected. It’s a very simple thing but will make a big difference!
Save as PDF
Save your word document as a PDF file when you are all done and do not want to change anything anymore. This way you prevent messed up lay outs or other changes that are unintentional.
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A winning cover letter is a golden passport to that much-desired job.
Indeed, as Jake Bradley, Associate Director of Michael Page Human Resources, explains: 'Cover letters that are well-written demonstrate to employers that you are a unique, literate and enthusiastic candidate.
'They give you a chance to put forward your most relevant experience and achievements, and this really goes a long way in terms of grabbing the employers’ attention.'
But having just one sheet of paper upon which to sell yourself and everything you can do is no mean feat. Here, Jake shares the perfect cover letter, as well as his golden rules for curating one that will land you your dream job.
Jake Bradley, Associate Director of Michael Page Human Resources, shares the perfect cover letter, as well as his golden rules for curating one
THE PERFECT COVER LETTER
Dear Mr Company,
In response to your recent advertisement for the 'Human Resources Recruitment Specialist - MP123456' on http://www.website.co.uk/, please find attached my curriculum vitae for your consideration.
I have the following experience which is well aligned to the requirements of the role.
• Successful human resources recruitment specialist with four years’ experience.
• Experience gained in leading FTSE 25O global recruitment company.
• Thorough understanding of the human resources market having worked on both specialist and generalist roles.
• Multiple sector experience having worked with both the private and public sector.
In my current role as a human resources recruitment specialist I have achieved the following.
• Established relationships with the human resources functions of two leading retail banks and as a result now have preferred supplier status not only for HR, but the wider business.
• Diversified client base by 20% YOY.
• Increased job numbers across client base by 45% YOY.
• Increased productivity and revenue by 30% YOY.
• Requested to be account director by one of the 'Big Four' and have successfully performed in the role.
• Managed multiple projects alongside day to day activity; organising CSR day, charity quiz which raised £6,000 for charity, client and candidate entertainment event.
I believe that my experience to date is very well aligned to the requirements of this role, and I am confident that I will be a valuable asset to your organisation.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact details provided on my CV. I am available for an interview at your convenience and I look forward to hearing from you.
1. Address the contact: Firstly, don’t forget to address the contact mentioned in the job advert and to quote the reference. This will ensure that your application is processed by the right person and increases your chance of capturing their attention.
2. Outline your current role: It’s important to outline your current job situation and why you are searching for new opportunities as this will provide context to the employer but also give you a chance to demonstrate ambition.
However, it’s really important not to be negative about your current or past employers or job situation as this will reflect poorly on your attitude towards work.
3. Prove you've done your research: Showing that you’ve done your research about the company is always beneficial but stating why you are interested in them as an employer is particularly important. This is also a good time to tell them why they should also be interested in you as a potential employee and what you can bring to the business.
4. Highlight your transferable skills: Tailoring the information you share in this cover letter will avoid repetition and ensure that you present yourself in the best possible way and match the skills you put forward with the job description. Make sure you highlight your transferable skills, achievements and versatility.
5. Check, check, check: Finally, make sure your letter is neat, brief, and check it for typos. End your cover letter by politely expressing interest in further dialogue in order to keep the discussion open.
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