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If you’ve recently started to think about new roles, feel you’ve taken your current position as far as you can or crave a change, you might be looking at opportunities available to you within your industry or market.
It’s time to dust off your old CV and bring it up to date, but what about the covering letter? Is it a crucial tool that sets you apart from the competition, or is it an outdated relic that no one bothers to read?
Sometimes an employer will specify that they want a cover letter, but what if there’s no mention of one? While there’s no right answer to these questions, there are ways you can decide whether creating one would be right for you.
A cover letter is an additional document that you can send along with your CV, during the job application stage. If you are stuck with what to include in a cover letter, it’s an introduction of yourself to a prospective employer or Hiring Manager, asking them to consider your application.
The goal of your cover letter is to make a strong case for getting put forward to the interview stage so it’s important to ensure your argument or reasons are compelling when it comes to why you’re a strong candidate for the role.
Cover letters are usually a few paragraphs long and offer readers a snapshot of your skills, experience and why you would be right for the role you’re applying for – which means that each application’s cover letter must be unique.
When writing a cover letter, you must include specific information such as a contact section, an introduction to the Hiring Manager, information on why you are qualified for the position – with good detail – as well as a closing sentence, followed by your signature.
When it comes to the difference between a CV and cover letter, you must ensure that the two are not an exact copy. While your CV is a list of all your skills and experience, highlighting how they could help with the role, your cover letter can pinpoint a couple of very relevant examples to really pull in the reader.
There are many benefits that come with offering a Hiring Manager or recruiter your cover letter, but mainly it’s for them to develop a better understanding of your suitability for the role. Below we have listed a number of other benefits:
As with many things, cover letters also come with their drawbacks. We have highlighted some of them here:
The decision to submit a cover letter ultimately depends on the job you're applying for and your personal preferences. Here are some guidelines to help you decide:
A well-crafted cover letter can set you apart from your competition, but it should be a tool used strategically rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. There are also certain industries whereby cover letters are highly regarded, in comparison to others.
It is always best to seek the expertise from a Recruitment Consultant who will be able to advise on what would be best for you to do.
For more information on your preferred market, or for a confidential conversation about your career and next steps, feel free to contact Sellick Partnership today.