There’s one more thing you need to write to craft the perfect CV. A job winning cover letter.
A good cover letter is like the ketchup on a bacon sandwich. Almost half of employers will reject your application outright, if you don’t include one. Here are some tips on how to write it.
Always follow standard UK business letter formatting. Return address right justified, everything else left justified. Use 1 or 1.15 spacing, and stick to 11 or 12 point font. Use the same font as your CV for consistency. And choose the right cover letter length, never more than one page long.
For the greeting, always try to find the hiring manager’s name so you can address the letter personally. “Dear Mr Jones” rather than “To Whom It May Concern.” Addressing a cover letter personally powerfully activates the reader’s brain so they pay more attention to what follows.
Remember that it’s not a bragging contest and target your cover letter to the job you’re applying for. Use your skills, experience and achievements to position yourself as the answer to the employer’s hiring needs.
Then for a powerful finishing touch, end your cover letter with a powerful call to action, requesting a phone call or meeting.
Now your CV is ready to snag you the career of your choice, but here’s a little reminder to refresh your memory.