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Your cover letter should be concise and well-presented. Use clear paragraphs written in a clear easy-to-read font such as Arial. Don't use multiple colours, pictures or Word art.
Be formal but natural when writing your letter. Imagine that you're speaking to your grandmother or a teacher. Don't just copy and paste someone else's cover letter from Google. It won't be your story and employers can tell.
Address your letter to the person who is managing applications. This information might be in the job advert. If it isn't, don't be afraid to find out by tracking it down on the company website or LinkedIn. If you can't find it, just call and ask. You'll be able to address your letter properly, and show that you're really interested in the role.
If you find a name, start the letter with 'Dear Mrs Smith/Dear Mr Smith'. Otherwise, 'Dear Sir/Madam' is fine.
As well as saying why you're getting in touch, it's also good to mention where you found out about the job. For example, say "as advertised on reed.co.uk" or mention someone's name if they referred you. Include the job reference number if there is one.
Briefly describe your professional and academic qualifications that are relevant to the role. Cover each of the skills listed in the job description.
Write about what you can do for the company. Talk about your career goals and make these relevant to the position you're applying for. Expand on relevant bits of your CV and provide examples that prove you have the skills that they need.
Summarise why you're interested in the role, and why you would be the right fit and why meeting in person.
Finish by saying that you'd like to meet with employer for an interview.
Use "Yours sincerely" if you know the name of the hiring manager, or "Yours faithfully" if you don't. Follow this with your full name. You may also wish to include your email address and phone number just below this.
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