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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:

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.