Advice on writing a cover letter

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Advice on writing a cover letter

Postby JohnV » Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:33 pm

Should I write a short or a long cover letter?

I want to get as much information down as possible so I can convince them I've got the experience for the job but I'm told that potential employers often don't really spend much time reading the cover letter and are easily bored...
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Re: Advice on writing a cover letter

Postby simonwallace » Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:36 pm

I would suggest keeping the letter as short as possible but making sure you get the key points down. It is a very important skill to be able to summaries.

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Re: Advice on writing a cover letter

Postby LondonStu » Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:55 pm

Definitely keep it down to about three paragraphs...the first stating why you want the job...the second saying why you will be good for the job and the third signing off.
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Re: Advice on writing a cover letter

Postby JohnV » Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:04 am

Thanks guys these seem like some good tips.

I used to send out a very standard cover letter that didn't really mention much about the job I was going for. It didn't seem to get me much success. I hope the new lot of cover letters and cvs that I send out will have more success.
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Re: Advice on writing a cover letter

Postby frank sidebottom » Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:09 pm

Always try to use the exact words and some phrases from the advertised job description. That way, when employers are looking through, the particular things they're looking for will jump out at them. if they're reading loads(and they usually are) then it's best to try and make their job as easy as possible.
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Re: Advice on writing a cover letter

Postby saul_g » Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:14 pm

Try this - an awesome guide for writing covering letters: http://www.thegatewayonline.com/resource.php?resource=26
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