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How to write a cover letter

Your CV and cover letter are your rooftop announcement to the job market saying ‘you must employ me, I’m fantastic and I’ll be a great addition to your company’.

If they don’t accurately portray you, your attributes, skills and personality, the chances of you getting the job you really want diminish. This won’t come as a massive surprise to you so it’s imperative to make sure that the first impression you make is one you want to make.

You can imagine how many CVs and cover letters we receive here at Asset Resourcing so if there’s any group of people qualified to know what separates good CVs and cover letters from bad (and sometimes downright shocking) ones, it’s us. If you’re unsure about any aspect of your CV or cover letter, please ask. It’s what we’re here for.

The cover letter

The cover letter introduces you and your CV to your potential employers. It’s the literary equivalent of a firm handshake, eye contact and clean shoes so it’s important to get it right, both in terms of layout and content and making it interesting enough to grab the reader’s attention and make you stand out.

The content of the cover letter is arguably as important as the CV itself. A poorly written cover letter will reflect very unfavourably on your chances of landing the job, regardless of what your CV contains.

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