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How to write your CV covering letter
A great covering letter can differentiate your CV from the countless others that pass across an employer's desk. Make sure yours stands out.
When responding to an advertised job vacancy, whether via letter, email or fax, you should always include a CV covering letter. Treat it as a vital part of your personal marketing literature, which merits attention and consideration. A cover letter introduces you and your CV and is your first chance to make a good impression on your potential employer. Aim to make it entice the reader to take those few extra minutes to consider you against other applicants. Your CV should not be sent without one!
Below are some basic guidelines to help ensure you receive a positive response from your initial contact.
Ensure your letter is neatly and clearly presented with no grammatical or spelling errors. Emails should be written in a common font with standard formatting and should emulate a handwritten letter in terms of style.
The content of your cover letter should be brief and structured, avoid lengthy repetition of information covered in your CV. (Unlike a CV, it is acceptable to write a covering letter in the first person.) In particular:
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