Crafting your Cover Letter


Your cover letter should usually be no longer than a page.

Recruiters will evaluate your cover letter in conjunction with the CV, so it should bring the information in your CV to life, and connect it to the job description. 


Your cover letter should answer 3 questions:

  1. Who are you? your current status, relevant experience and interests

  2. Why you are interested in the company? what impresses you about what they do

  3. Why the company should hire you – essentially combining (i) and (ii) and explaining why you are suitable for the role - how you would add value, the skillsets you have developed, why you would be a good fit to the organization.


Just Like With Your CVs

As with your CVs, ask someone to read your cover letter to check for typos and grammatical errors. Often when you have been working on a document you no longer see your mistakes, and spelling and grammatical errors are the easiest way for a recruiter to eliminate an applicant at the start of the recruitment process.


And Crucially...

Finally, you should tailor each cover letter to the organization and the role you are applying to. It is not good enough to copy and paste, and change some names. Experienced recruiters can spot these types of cover letters. Worse still – it is very easy to accidentally copy and paste the wrong company name. For example, a Morgan Stanley recruiter receiving a letter addressed to JP Morgan will be unlikely to excuse this error. It happens more often than you would think!


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