Cover letters: a critical first impression on a potential employer

By | December 7, 2011

You’ve spent weeks drafting, redrafting, formatting and reformatting: finally, your CV is finished. It concisely details your expertise, skills and education and is sure to get you an interview. All you need now is for it to be read – easier said than done.

This is where your cover letter comes in. A cover letter is a critical first impression an employer will have of you and if it’s done right they’ll want to read your CV. Your letter should complement your CV, not rehash it, and persuade the reader to look over your CV. If you’re unsure, there are plenty of cover letter examples on the internet to point you in the right direction.

Whether you’re applying for known job vacancies, or enquiring about a possible opening, a cover letter is necessary for any potential work.

Ensure that you tailor your cover letter to the position you’re applying for. If you’re handing out CVs to a variety of local companies this may not be hugely practical, but you should still make an effort to tailor it towards the sort of work you’re interested in.

A cover letter is an important part of your application process, regardless of what position you’re applying for. It’s as important for executive recruitment as it is for finding a part-time job at a local restaurant.

One final point to consider when writing your cover letter is that it should be well presented. The content may be fantastic, but you need to make sure it looks formal and professional in order to ensure that it sends the right message. A cover letter is, after all, the first written contact your employer will have with you.

Just remember how important the cover letter is. After all it could be the decision maker between you getting the job and not gettiing the job.

Note from the Editor: This was a guest post.