How to write the perfect cover letter

So, it’s an important part of applying for the job. It’s your chance to stand out from the crowd. It’s the first introduction a company has to you but it can also be a really daunting task. This is a short blog post with our top tips on writing the perfect cover letter and also, what we personally think makes an employee seem more employable in the space of a few sentences.

Sell yourself

It may sound like a cliché but this really is your opportunity to shine. Speaking with experience as a company, we know nothing about you initially and we have 100’s of applications coming in, therefore, we want to know what makes you special.

What are your hobbies? What are you most proud of in your life? What makes you the perfect fit for us? Really put some thought into these questions and think about what you can bring to the table.

… but don’t exaggerate

Remember that episode of Friends where Joey stated on his resumé that he could speak French? And well, he couldn’t. If you claim to have a skill/ interest and pop it in either your CV or cover letter, you really do need to be honest. We don’t just mean things like saying you have climbed Everest or you were in fact scouted by NASA but you had to turn them down because it wasn’t for you – we mean more simple things, such as stating that you have impeccable telephone skills when in fact, you’re terrified of answering the phone. Just be authentic.

Focus on the good

Again, this sounds so simple but in reality, people have a terrible habit of putting themselves down, even when they really are trying to sell themselves. There should be no negative speech in a cover letter – no ‘buts’ or ‘I’m kind of good at that’ – just strong, confident, positive dialogue.

Be personal

As I mentioned, we want to really get a feel for your personality. If you’re naturally funny, be funny. If you’re naturally witty, be witty, etc.

Watch your spelling and grammar

This is arguably the most important point to bear in mind, as poor spelling and grammar simply shows a lack of effort. It’s important to be vigilant when completing a final check of your cover letter, ensuring someone else has proof read it for you.

As long as you are enthusiastic, positive and make a bloody good effort – your cover letter should be a total success…

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Think of this section as the traditional 'cover letter’ - except we’re not the traditional sort. We want you to tell us what makes you special and ultimately, why you’re worthy of the job! Don’t be shy, it’s your chance to shine and in a dog-eat-dog world, what we really want to read is what sets you apart from the competition.

Why do you want this role?

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