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How to write a cover letter

Cover Letter Made Easy – Simple 3 parts cover letter solution

Here is a simple solution to how to write a cover letter without over-complicating it.

A cover letter should be viewed as consisting of 3 parts:

1st Part – Introduction

  • Let the reader know why you are writing the letter
  • Doesn’t need to be long
  • 2 to 3 lines is enough

2nd Part – Explanation

  • Why you are suitable for the job.
  • How do you meet the the job spec and criteria
  • Can be more than one paragraph, two or three paragraphs is fine
  • Can use bullet points, easier to read
  • An explanation of how previous work and life experience, transferable skills and relevant qualifications make you the perfect candidate to fill the vacancy.

3rd Part – Closing statement

  • Thank the employer for the opportunity to apply
  • Availability of interview
  • 2 to 3 lines are enough

Read more about cover letters in our previous article cover letter advice article
Use our editable cover letter template to get you started

CV in my inbox – Store your CV in your Email Inbox

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A Quick CV Tip

Ever spotted a job and wanted or need to apply for immediately?

Realised you have your CV is at home, stored somewhere on your computer or USB, can’t remember where you’ve place the USB.

A simple yet extremely effective solution is to email your CV to yourself.

Yes, you’ve read it right.

Email your CV to  your inbox.

Yes, it is as simple as it sounds. There are also cloud storage solutions which will come to later.

Ok, so,  why email it? and how? I guess are your next questions.

Emailing your CV to your own inbox allows you to have instant access to it anywhere. When you want to apply for that job instantly, just log in to your email account, find your CV and use the forward function to send it to any prospective employer. You can also download and then upload it to any job website.

How to Email CV to myself

This tip works for any email account out there.

Make sure you have your CV on your PC or USB and know where it’s located within the device.

  1.  Log in to your email.
  2. Type in your own email address where it says “To” e.g address@emailaddress.com.
  3. In the subject box type in “My CV”.
  4. Attach your CV to this email:
  5. Find an icon that looks like a paper clip
  6. Click on this Icon and navigate to find your CV
  7. Click open and this will attach your CV to your email.
  8. You can also attach a cover letter or type up the cover letter in the body of the email
  9. Click send.
  10. Flag the email in your inbox as important, this will make it easy to locate in the future.

What you have actually done is sent an email to yourself with your CV attached to it.

Now whenever you see an employer requesting you send your CV, just access your email forward.

Cloud solutions

You can and should also upload your CV to cloud storage services. All the major email providers  offer free solutions. Here are some:

With the ever increasing demand for mobile phones, job hunters need to be able to apply for jobs via their device. Bearing this in mind job websites are now being designed mobile friendly in mind. Not only do they incorporate social login but also offer options to attach CV via cloud.

Conclusion

In a nutshell. Email your CV to your inbox and save to a cloud service. Not only will it give you instant access to it but also save you time.

Good luck and happy job hunting.

New Year – New Job

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New Years resolution – I’m getting a Job

So Christmas is over, you’ve been to the sales, bagged a bargain and are now looking ahead to the New Year. Wishing a fresh start or a change of career. You’re mulling over your new year resolutions and they include

I’m going to get a job in the New Year

Or

Simple, I need a job, I don’t care what job it is, I’ll take it, I’m working in 2015.

To help you keep the resolution and help in your preparation to bag a job in the new year, we’ve put together some ideas.

Smart Targets

Get clever by setting S.M.A.R.T targets. Think S.M.A.R.T

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound

Specific

You are more likely to find a job by achieving specific goals which you set for yourself. Focus on what you are trying to achieve and how you will accomplish it. What jobs you are actually willing to do and how you apply for them?

Ask yourself

What will the outcome be? What’s suitable?

  • Full time (P/T)
  • Part time (F/T)
  • Flexible hours
  • Type of occupation e.g Retail assistant or warehouse operative

Write down a list of possible job goals

Why am I doing this? Your reasons to work

  • To earn a wage
  • A better life
  • Support my family
  • Go on a holiday abroad

Who should be involved? Its all about networking

  • Recruitment agencies and employers
  • Career advisers and coaches
  • Family and friends

Where will it be? Location, can you and are you willing to relocate?

  • Local
  • National
  • International

Which? Solutions you can employ

Identify the restrictions and limitations, thus enabling you to find solutions to overcome any barriers preventing you from finding work.

Measurable

Each step taken towards finding employment should be measured by establishing some criteria. This is essential to keep you on track.

Ask yourself

  • What is it you intend to achieve? Employment
  • By when? 1st April 2015
  • How will it happen? Creating a CV

So the criteria is:

Create a current CV and buy appropriate clothing for job interviews by 2nd Feb 2015.

By writing a CV to apply for vacancies and having clothing for an interview will you be on course to be hired.

Achievable

How does the dream come true? Is it possible?

Identify the attitudes, skills, abilities, training and finances required to get the job or run a business.

e.g

  • Where can I find the funding for my self employment idea ?
  • Do I need to up-skill and retrain to secure employment?

Realistic

How often in our day to day conversations do we say to someone or think “be realistic”.

Are you applying for the right jobs?

Take advice and feedback from family, friends, businesses and professionals within the recruitment industry.

By thoroughly delving into your skills and experience you can discover the jobs you are capable of doing. Transferable skills are the key to what you can do.

Also remember:

You only get what you put into it, the greater the effort you exert the more likely you are to succeed. Everybody has potential and the sky is the limit. You can retrain and up-skill yourself which will open new avenues into the world of work.

Time-bound

The idea is to stay on track until you succeed. Think of bite size, small steps which lead to the main objective. Create a plan with timely goals

Time-bound goals can be:

  • Short term goal – Create industry specific Cover letters and CV
  • Medium term goals – Complete Digital IT course
  • Long term goals – Get a job

Create an action plan, this can be in the form of a calendar diary system. You can set reminders on your mobile phone using apps, internet diary system such as outlook calendar, a hard back diary purchased from a pound shop or notes stuck on your fridge.

By breaking up big chunks into bite size tasks which then can be completed over set periods will make it easier to find work.

More Ideas

So you’re S.M.A.R.T. Here are some additional ideas which can be part of your SMART goals

Transferable skills

What else can I do?

You may think you’re only capable of doing one or two job roles because all of your past jobs were the same or you have only worked in one industry. The reality is that everybody has a range of skills which can be transferred into a various sectors and many job roles.

When you start searching for a job, read the job specification and you will quickly realise that you already match the criteria. A job title can be misleading.

Subway advertise vacancies for Sandwich Artists, the role involves front of house sandwich preparation and face to face customer services, another employer may word it differently. A call centre operative’s transferable communication skills can be used in face to face advocacy work, sales and retail positions.

Tip: Use spider-grams to unearth your hidden skills. They help you visualise your abilities on paper.

Update and Freshen up your CV and Cover Letter

How old is your CV and Cover letter?

  • Is it months or years?
  • Are they targeted?

You should have multiple versions of your CV and Cover letter which can be quickly edited to target any job role specification. A generic document won’t match the criteria set by the employer. It’s essential you get the recruiter’s attention.

Professional Presence and  Digital footprint

Professional presence is becoming an increasingly important factor in recruitment. HR  professionals are increasingly researching candidates online as part of the sifting process.

Have appropriate email addresses and voicemails. Think about your digital footprint, you’re only on facebook and twitter, what about linkedin? make public what you want them to find and where.

Buy an new outfit, something nice and presentable

Remember: First impressions count.

Mock interview practice

Employers can ask you anything but you should prepare yourself to answer the most commonly asked questions

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What will you bring to our business?
  • Why do you want this job?

Research the companies you apply to.

  • What are their core values?
  • Any company announcements?
  • What’s the latest industry news?
  • What questions are they most likely to ask?

Practice mock interviews will increase your confidence by preparing you for the interview stage

Happy New Year to all our readers

Cover Letter Advice

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What is a Cover Letter

A cover letter is your personal introduction to a potential employer. It allows you to explain to the recruiter why you are the perfect person for the job. This is your opportunity to impress and illustrate how you match the criteria they have set out.

A cover letter should be viewed as your personal advertisement to market you. It is the first thing an employer sees, first impressions count, what you include in it really matters, get their attention and you’ll progress with the job application.

Cover Letter Tips

  • Shouldn’t be longer than one page
  • Should be clear, concise and to the point, don’t blab on
  • Make sure the spelling is correct, run a spell check twice
  • Personal to you and tailored to the job applied for
  • Keep it neat and tidy with consistent formatting of font and text size
  • Don’t include your date of birth (D.O.B)
  • Don’t include your National Insurance Number (NINO)
  • Don’t include your marital status or sexual orientation, it doesn’t matter if you’re single, married, partnered, widowed or divorced

Jobsball Top Tip for Cover Letter and CV

Use MS word or any other document software that can save your cover letter or cv in .doc or .docx format
Why Microsoft word?
It’s simple, MSword is the most widely used document creation software application across the world. Employers will always be able to open your MSword .doc or .docx cover letter or cv document. OpenOffice free software will open MSword created documents. If it can’t be opened, it can’t be read, if it can’t be read, you won’t be employed. Increase your chances of a successful application by using Microsoft word or any word compatible software application.

Cover Letter Made Easy – Simple 3 parts cover letter solution

A cover letter should be viewed as consisting of 3 parts:

Part 1 – Introduction

  • Why you are writing the letter
  • Doesn’t need to be long
  • 2 to 3 lines are enough

Part 2 – Explanation 

  • Why you are suitable for the job.
  • How do you meet the the job spec and criteria
  • Can be more than one paragraph, two or three paragraphs is fine
  • Can use bullet points, easier to read
  • An explanation of how previous work and life experience, transferable skills and relevant qualifications make you the perfect candidate to fill the vacancy.

Part 3 – Closing statement

  • Thank the employer for the opportunity to apply
  • Availability of interview
  • 2 to 3 lines are enough

Jobsball Simple Cover Letter Example

Mr Employer
38 Employer St
Employer Town
Post Code
Your address
Tel No:
Email
Date

Dear Sir/Madam

Part 1 – Introduction

I am writing to apply for the job of admin assistant which was advertised on www.jobsball.co.uk

Part 2 – Explanation

I have 9 year admin work experience. I have covered the following duties and gained skills and experience in:

  • Receptionist
  • Call handling
  • Switchboard
  • Face to face customer services
  • Tax affairs
  • PA to CEO

I have completed an apprenticeship and a NVQ L3 in Business Studies.

3rd part: Closing statement

I am available for interview at any time. I have enclosed a copy of my CV for more information. I would like to thank you for taking the time to view my application.

Yours faithfully (If you don’t know the name of the person and started letter with Dear Sir/Madam)
Yours sincerely (If you  know the name of the person and started letter with e.g. Dear Mr Adams)

Your signature
Your name

Cover Letter Templates and Cover Letter Builder

To make it easy and get you started with your cover letter,
Jobsball have created a Cover Letter Builder Tool
Using our tool, all you need to do is edit your cover letter online and download it as a Word, PDF or HTML document.
We have also created Word cover letter editable templates which you can download and save to your desktop for further editing.

Good luck with your job applications and career.

CV and Cover Letter – Tips and Tricks

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CV and Cover Letter Tips and Tricks

Check out our free to use CV and Cover letter creation tools, downloadable and editable templates to get you started. We haven’t done the usual and provided you with simple pre-filled generic statements, instead we’ve created layouts with useful information describing what each section of the CV and Cover Letter should include.

You can find

Good luck creating you new CV and Cover Letter.

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