How to Write a Covering Letter

With an in-tray full of applications an employer will spend approximately 20 seconds casting an eye over each one. You have to be sure that in those 20 seconds your cover letter has sufficient impact to make the reader want to know more about you.

A covering letter builds upon the information you provided in your CV, it is a focussed sales pitch stating clearly in simple language just why this company should employ you. All of its contents should reaffirm to the reader that you are the right person for that job.

How to Write a CV That Works

There is no such thing as a standard example of a good CV. A CV is only “good” if it works…if it fulfils its purpose of marketing your skills and expertise. If you are receiving calls and emails because recruiters/employers have seen your CV, then you have a good CV that works for you.

A CV should provide a summary of your expertise and evidence of your achievements. The reader wants to understand what you have to offer a future employer and this should leap off the page. Too often recruiters are presented with exhaustive bullet-pointed lists of everything a

The (great) importance of the cover letter

Found a job you want? Spent hours sprucing up your CV? Good, but don’t send off your application just yet. Not before you write the perfect cover letter…

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Everyone knows how important a CV is. It’s the best way of marketing yourself (and your myriad of achievements and skills) to a prospective employer. But that’s only one part of the initial job application. There’s another equally important stage that is all too often overlooked and misunderstood: the cover letter.

5 most important things employers look for in your CV

It’s easy to know what skills an employer is looking for – they tell you that with their job ad.  What they don’t tell you, though, is how they look for that information in your CV…

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Imagine you’re a prospective employer. You have one vacancy, 50 CVs to read and only a few minutes till your next meeting. Where do you start and how do you figure out who to call for interview?

Here are five critical questions a recruiter will ask him or herself – and how to make sure your CV can answer them.

4 Questions to think about when you write your CV

There’s no getting away from it, your CV is a sales document. Instead of typing the words ‘Curriculum Vitae’ or ‘CV’ at the top, put in ‘Why You Should Hire Me…’ and see how you write it. There’s little point just creating a list of duties or responsibilities; you will not get hired solely because of what you have done, but more because of what you have achieved within those duties and responsibilities, and how you can successfully build upon them and deliver in your next role.

Your whole CV should be your mission statement, your ‘This Is Me’ moment.