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Sending out your cover letter and resume to an employer can be tough, especially at this time of year. There is so much competition so if you do see a vacancy you need to send your application in as quickly as possible without compromising the quality of your resume and cover letter. If you are preparing to apply for jobs check out these tips to help you make your cover letter stand out from the crowd!


Interview Tips

Personalise It

Personalising your cover letter will really help you to stand out from your competition. Find out the name of the hiring manager or the manager of the department you are applying to and ensure you label the cover letter for their attention. You should also read through the job description thoroughly and pick out the key responsibilities and key skills needed to fulfil the role. Look at your own work experience and skills and only include the ones that you feel are relevant to the job opportunity. This will help you to explain why you are the right candidate for the position.

Keep It Short

Employers don’t have time to read pages and pages of text so keep your cover letter short. Try to include your experience, skills and why you want the job and limit each point to a paragraph or less.

Make It Relevant

If an employer receives dozens of similar cover letters for a job they are advertising then it will be difficult for them to pick one out of the crowd. To ensure yours is picked out of the crowd you should make it relevant to the company and the job role.  Research the company and the job role and tailor your experience and career objective to it.

Paint a Picture

When an employer reads your cover letter they need to be able to visualise you as a candidate and the impact you could have on their business. To help them visualise this you should highlight your past experience, why you want to work for the company and tell them what kind of skills you can bring to the company and your plans for the role. This will help them to visualise you as part of their team and hopefully should increase your chances of employment.

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