How to write a cover letter

Written: 29 May 2020

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A cover letter is like a personal introduction to a potential employer. It sets out why you would be suitable for the job you’re applying for. Your cover letter is sent with your CV to provide employers with any additional details about your qualifications and/or previous experience.

Along with your CV, the cover letter is one of the first things a potential employer will see about you when looking at your application. You need to make sure that it highlights your skills and experience that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for.

A good cover letter can make the difference between getting called for an interview or not.

So what do you include in a cover letter?

  • A cover letter should always start with your contact details and the contact details of the employers. This should include:
  • Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms & Last Name
  • The first paragraph. You should make sure the employer knows why you’re writing this letter. Tell them who you are and mention the job you’re applying for.
  • The second paragraph. Include why you’d like to work for the company, and tell them any knowledge or passion you have for the sector.
  • The third paragraph. Show your relevant skills and experience (as you have on your CV).
  • Final paragraph. This should round up your cover letter thanking the employer for their time to read and say that you are looking forward to hearing back from them.

• First & Last Name

• Street Address

• City

• Postcode

• Phone Number

• Email Address

You can access help with writing a cover letter and other elements of job searching at Leeds Employment Hub.