CV Guide

How important is a cover letter when sending a company my CV?

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:45 am

Although time consuming generally once you have put together your CV it’s just a case of printing out multiple copies to hand out to any prospective employers, however the same cannot be said of a cover letter.

There are some people who write a very basic cover letter using generic terms in order to make it a ‘one size fits all’ document to hand to all prospective employers. The problem with this is that although it will save you time, it will be quite obvious that the letter is not aimed at an individual or even at a company and can give the impression that you can’t be bothered to put in the extra effort with your application.

The best course of action before writing your cover letter is to call the company and state that you would like to send in a copy of your CV for consideration and would like to know who it would need to be addressed to. This will boost your chances of being considered for a role as you know your details will quickly reach the correct person and if addressed to them they will know that you have done your research.

Your cover letter should be not too lengthy but should state references to the company and job role you are applying for.

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