Cover letter – How to write it professionally

The dreaded graduate cover letter… something that not many of us look forward to. When it comes to researching the basics, you may be baffled with complicated, furthermore worthless information that pops up in your search results. Well, no more. We’re here to help you understand every nook and cranny of a cover letter and how you can excel at producing your very own.  

In Particular, does anyone actually read our cover letters? Good question. Simple answer is Yes. Here at The Graduate, we can confirm that cover letters are an essential part of your job application and as well as that a large majority of hiring managers believe that cover letters are even the most important part. 

What is a Cover Letter?

In simple terms, a cover letter is an A4 document that you would send with your CV. Importantly this is traditionally placed as a front cover. Along with a CV, a cover letter is a great way to stand out from the crowd additionally bringing something fresh to the table. 

What Should I Incorporate in My Cover Letter?

Firstly, a cover letter isn’t the same as a CV, they both require specific information. Your main focus should aim to include the following:

  • Personal details 
  • The name of the hiring manager 
  • Location at which you became aware of the vacancy
  • Why you are well-suited to the job 
  • Your closing statements
  • What you could provide this company 

Research. Research. Research

Secondly, project research is hugely important. Take some time to investigate the role you’re applying for additionally the business itself. This will allow you to tailor the information accordingly to your cover letter.

Here are a few key aspects to research for your cover letter:

  • What does the role you’re applying for involve?
  • Which skills are needed for this job? 
  • Who is the target audience?
  • Understand what the company do and what industry are they in? 
  • Who are their main competitors? 
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How do I Format a Cover Letter? 

Along with being Well-presented, concise and to-the-point which are the main three things that pop to mind when we think about cover letters. When you come to write your cover letter be sure to K.I.S.S (Keep it short & simple) also use a simple font while avoiding pictures and word art. In addition to this we’d recommend absolutely aiming for half a side of A4 paper, or if you really wish to push, then one side of A4 maximum. 

How do I Address My Letter?

Clearly if you have to remember one thing, remember that your cover letter should be addressed to the individual handling the applications. Usually you can locate this somewhere in the job advert besides if you’re unable to find it then there is no harm in calling up and asking, subsequently demonstrating your initiative and interest in the job role. 

Additionally once you have found out the name, the best way to address them would be “Dear Mr Smith/ Dear Ms Smith”.

A Simple Structure for Your Cover Letter

  1. Opening the Cover Letter -> Explain why are you getting in touch? 
  2. Second Paragraph -> Advise why you’re suitable for this job role? 
  3. Third Paragraph -> What can you do for the company? 
  4. Fourth Paragraph -> Closing summary
  5. Closing the Letter -> “Yours sincerely” or “Yours Faithfully” 

Finally, now you know how to produce an incredible cover letter, why not register here today? In addition to this here at The Graduate, we provide a professional and dedicated graduate recruitment service to both clients and candidates. Apart from this, If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, please get in touch on 0300 303 2069 furthermore visit our contact page for more details and follow us on LinkedIn for job updates.