Writing a cover letter for a job is something that you need to spend some time on, ensuring that you include the right content. It must not be too long or too short, and it must briefly outline your main experience and skills without repeating what you have written in your CV. Here is a guide on where to find cover letter templates.
Although there are a variety of websites on the Internet which offer ‘free’ cover letter templates, it is part of the job application process which maybe is the most important. Some employers may read the cover letter first before the CV. So, if the letter is not coherent, is littered with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, the chances are that they are highly unlikely to even read your CV. If you are going to use a template which you obtain from the Internet, it is always advisable to customise it yourself. Do not just ‘fill in the blanks’, and hope that you will be invited for interview. By all means, use the content of the letter, but tailor it to your own skills and experience. Sections The first paragraph should briefly outline your main achievements at work, emphasise that you have 100% attendance record, or that you have been in employment for many years. Then, move on to discuss your main experience. The second main section of the cover letter should include your key qualifications and skills such as IT skills, degree if you have obtained one or vocational qualifications. Ensure that your sentences are well-constructed, and that your letter is not more than one A4 page in length.
Where to find templates?
Templates for cover letters can be found through: - The careers advice sections of websites such as Total Jobs and Monster - Graduate website Prospects - The jobs and careers section of the Guardian newspaper website. - Kent university careers website Any jobs website or recruitment agency such as Reed recruitment which has a careers section will more often have advice on how to construct a professional cover letter, what content to include and some examples for you to download, and customise. If you are a student or unemployed, then a local college or employment service such as the Jobcentre may be able to provide assistance on writing a cover letter.