How to Ace Your Cover Letter for Office Support Jobs
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2020 by The CV Wizard — No comments
You’ll often hear that achieving the holy grail of an interview is down to your ability to nail your CV. While this is true, don’t underestimate the power of the humble cover letter. Follow our advice on how to write a winning CV, but check out our tips below to combine it with a brilliant cover letter. Whether you’re looking for temp work in London or more long-term office support jobs, your cover letter is the chance to get personal.
- Customise it
By all means, make things quicker by having a decent template. But remember to customise your cover letter for each position you apply for. If you’ve taken the time to craft a well-structured template, it won’t be an arduous task.
- What and why
The purpose of a cover letter is to be persuasive and cover key points. Make sure it refers to the specific role you are applying for, then address specifically why you are the best fit for the role. Make sure you draw on why your skills and experience are particularly relevant before finishing with a clear call to action for the employer to contact you.
- Write it after your CV
Because your cover letter sits in front of your CV, many people write it first. However, writing it after you’ve polished your CV will make it easier, more cohesive, and stop you repeating yourself. Both documents should work together.
- Match the job description
Any London recruitment agency worth their salt will give you a copy of the job description for the role you’re applying for. Use this to address the specific requirements of the role and why you are the ideal candidate. These documents hold vital information on what the employer is looking for. Use it.
- Take an SEO approach!
Treat your cover letter like you would a blog post and make sure your keywords stand out. If the employer uses an automated applicant tracking system, these will be picked up. They’ll also stand out when the recruiter is scanning applications manually.
- Be precise and accurate
In the same way that your CV shouldn’t waffle on, neither should your cover letter. It should be comfortably under one side of A4. It also should be easy to scan, with punchy sentences and short paragraphs. Remember to check it thoroughly – and don’t just rely on your computer’s spellchecker!
- Be upbeat
Your cover letter is an opportunity for your personality to come across. Use confident and positive language. This will entice the recruiter into wanting to meet you and find out more.
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