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Advice on writing a cover letter

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:33 pm
by JohnV
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...

Re: Advice on writing a cover letter

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:36 pm
by simonwallace
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.

For more details you might want to look at this page - http://www.whatwilltheyask.co.uk/Version%202/coverletters.htm

Re: Advice on writing a cover letter

PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:55 pm
by LondonStu
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.

Re: Advice on writing a cover letter

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:04 am
by JohnV
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.

Re: Advice on writing a cover letter

PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:09 pm
by frank sidebottom
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.

Re: Advice on writing a cover letter

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:14 pm
by saul_g
Try this - an awesome guide for writing covering letters: http://www.thegatewayonline.com/resource.php?resource=26