Toast and butter, peanut butter and jelly, apple pie and custard, Romeo and Juliet…some things are just made for one another.
In the same way, your CV and Cover letter must go together like the perfect match! If composed in the correct way, the two will complement one another. This will no doubt engage your employer and put you at an advantage in comparison to someone who has no structure in their application!
- Tailor it
It’s pretty easy and straight forward to quickly write a generic cover letter and distribute this to a number of employers. But will you get anywhere? Probably not; to be honest, it won’t get you very far. What employers want is a tailored CV that displays you have done your research about the company! Make every effort to include details that are specific to the company…This will give you bonus points!
- Insert some personality
Remember this cover letter is about YOU, so it needs to have some of YOU in it. Some students may take the phrase ‘be professional’ as ‘be a robot.’ This doesn’t mean to say I’m telling you not to be professional. What I am trying to say is that, using dull and overly formal language does not say much about YOU. Of course, remain professional, but you need to maintain a balance between PERSONALITY and PROFESSIONALISM – I usually remember this by saying 2 Ps. Although employers are looking for someone who stands out and is competent; they also want someone who will be an asset to their company culture.
- Go for detail
Although your CV is going to be full of interesting facts about YOU, your Cover Letter could also benefit from a couple more. Give examples of things you have done, skills you gained and when you achieved something that made you proud and made a difference! Remember to always check what the job requirements are and TAILOR your examples to this. This is your time to shine – make sure you shine bright!
- Email it
Always remember to check you have attached your CV and Cover Letter as two SEPARATE documents. When emailing this over, ensure you address the employer by their name if you have this, and write a short email in the body of the email. Maybe something like;
“Dear John Smith,
Please find attached my CV and Cover Letter for the role of an Assistant Designer at ASOS.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me.
I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.
ADH Placement Team