A covering letter is attached to your CV when submitting a job application. It provides details about your skills and experience that can make you stand out. It is also a place where you are able to elaborate a little on things mentioned in your CV.
Since an employer is likely to read your covering letter first, it is important to grab their attention as quickly as possible.
If possible, address the covering letter to a specific person, often a hiring manager in the company you are applying to.
Mention who you are, which position you are applying for, and how you would be ideal for the role.
In the last paragraph, ask your employer to read your CV and provide contact information.
A CV should be typed, and take up a maximum of two sides of A4.
It is important to stand out, so avoid using vague terms like ‘I think’ or ‘I feel’, or generic words such as ‘good’ and ‘average’. You want employers to notice you; instead use dynamic words such as ‘achieved’, ‘proficient’, ‘confident’, ‘self-motivated’, etc.
If there are any gaps in your employment history, you should try to present this in a positive light, highlighting any skills that you might have used in this period that may be appropriate for the job to which you are applying.
An impressive CV will contain this essential information:
Personal information and contact information: Name, telephone number, email address.
A Personal Profile: Here you can give a short summary of yourself, and how you are well-suited to the job at hand.
Skills and Achievements: Brief details on your most important skills/achievements.
Work history: Details of past employment, beginning with the most recent. Include the company’s name, dates of employment, the title of your position, and some details of your duties.
Qualifications: Any qualifications achieved at school or at university, as well as any other training you may have received, starting with the most recent.
References: You can write ‘references available on request’; you are not required to put their names on your CV.