What is a Cover Letter

A job application is usually accompanied by a cover letter, which provides a supplementary overview of why you are suitable for the role. A cover letter is a great way to introduce yourself and your CV when applying for a specific position. They are generally one page at most in length, divided into a header, introduction, body, and closing. They should follow some key points:

  • Reference where you learnt about the role and organisation
  • Explain why you are sending the application
  • Convince the reader to look at your CV
  • Reflect your attitudes, skills and passions

Email applications can include a brief paragraph acknowledging where you discovered the vacancy and why your skills and experience fit the specification.

Cover Letter Example


1 Example Street,
Anywhere Town,
CV19 1CV

Current Date


If you know the name it’s best to use this. If not, stick to Dear Sir/Madam

Paragraph One – Why you’re writing

Include a few sentences discussing that you are writing to apply for the …… role and how you came to hear of the vacancy. Try to keep it interesting!

Paragraph Two – Why you’re suited to the role

Here you can expand on details listed in your CV. Use this paragraph to link your own skills to those needed in this job role indicating that you are fully equipped to succeed within the role. Remember; where experience may lack; attitude and motivation can make up for it – so make sure you illustrate your enthusiasm throughout your application.

Paragraph Three – Closing

Thank the employer in advance for their time and consideration for the job role. Tell them that you’re looking forward to hearing from them in the near future.

End the letter with ‘Yours Sincerely’ if its to a named person or ‘Yours faithfully’ if not.

Yama Mujadidi

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