So you want to make the best first impression you can and a covering letter is the best way to do that!  But are you not sure where to start when it comes to writing a cover letter? Don’t worry because Just Norfolk Jobs has put together a step-by-step guide to help you along the way!

Layout –

Your cover letter should be set out like a business letter, starting with your name and postal address on the top right side. Make sure you include your email address, contact number and the date of your letter underneath.

On the left-hand side of the page add the contact details of your addresses this one might sound a bit obvious, but when you’re writing a cover letter you should always address the letters to the person handling the job applications. This may be listed in the advert, but if you are unsure of who the contact is, when you’re doing your company research give the company a call and ask for a name and their job title! This needs to be added underneath their name. Once you’ve done that you will then need to add the company’s name and address.

Leave a line below the contact details then write either Dear Mr Smith/ Dear Ms Smith if you know the person or if you don’t; Dear Sir/ Madam will be absolutely fine.

One more thing before you start the body of your letter add the job title/ job reference for the potion you’re applying for example ‘Re: Office Admin/Accounts Assistant’ above where you are addressing to the reader.

Opening paragraph  

This paragraph should be short and straight to the point. Giving you the chance to explain why you’re writing to them. i.e. ‘I would like to be considered for the position of ‘Office Admin/Accounts Assistant’ you have advertised on Just Norfolk Jobs’ As you can see It’s also a good idea to add where you come across the advert.

Second Paragraph

Once you have explained why you’re writing to them you now have the chance to explain why you are suitable for their position. Briefly describe your skills and qualifications that and relevant to the role you are applying for.

Third paragraph

This is your opportunity to emphasise what you can do for the company. Explain why they should employ you, remember this is your chance to really sell yourself! But don’t make it too wordy, covering letters should not exceed more than 1A4 page in length.

Closing off the letter

Thank them for taking the time to read your cover letter and sign off with ‘Yours Sincerely’ and then your name. 

Final Check

Brilliant you have finished writing your Cover Letter! Just one last thing to do before you send it off…Proof reading, This is crucial the last thing you want is a cover letter that doesn’t make any sense and have loads of spelling mistakes.

Remember that your cover letter is the first thing a potential employer will look at when considering your job application. Take your time and you could end up in the yes pile!

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