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Alongside an impressive CV, the accompanying cover letter will give would-be employers their first glimpse of you and helps them to gain an insight into what you can offer them and how suitable you are for the available role.

It is an essential element of your application - in some cases it will be required as part of the process - and a strong cover letter can increase your chances of being short-listed for an interview.

Here are our top tips and suggestions to help you write the perfect cover letter:

Be concise

A well constructed cover letter can help you stand out from the crowd and will show potential employers that you have considered how you are suited to the position and your enthusiasm for becoming part of the team. Unless stated otherwise try and keep your cover letter to one page and break the content down into clear, easily readable sections that highlight the key points on your CV.

Keep it relevant

Your cover letter should be tailored to be relevant for each position that you are applying for; some roles may specify what needs to be included. Show that you have taken the time to research and understand the role by relating your experience back to the criteria outlined in the job description and person specification.

Attention to detail

Your cover letter will more than likely form a potential employer’s first impression of you as a possible candidate; your letter needs to be error-free so make sure you carefully check for any spelling or grammar mistakes. Also ensure that your letter is clearly marked with the position that you are applying for.

Stand out from other applicants

As well as highlighting how your experience relates to their requirements, consider what additional skills and attributes you can bring to the role and how ultimately, you can contribute towards the aspirations of the business in addition to your own career ambitions.

Outline why you are interested in the position

Employers are looking for candidates who are interested in working for the company, so explain what appeals to you about the organisation as well as the role itself. If relevant, briefly outline why you are looking to make a move and where possible, highlight your achievements in your current role to demonstrate how you have made successful contributions.

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