Whereas your CV presents the facts, your cover letter is there to persuade your potential employer that they really should meet you. Writing a covering letter can therefore seem daunting, so we’ve broken it down to make it easier.

Cover letter writing tips.

Before you start:

  • Typed is always better than hand-written
  • Use a clear typeface
  • Ensure the letter is addressed to the correct person, including their job title (if you do not know who to address your letter to please ask your consultant)
  • Date the letter and include a subject line (re: application for matron position, or the job application reference number, if there is one)

Paragraph by paragraph:

  • Your letter should be no longer than five paragraphs in length
  • The first paragraph should be an expression of interest in the position and should then go on to give a brief explanation of how you fit the role and why you should be invited to interview
  • Your second paragraph should describe your previous experience and the practical use of those skills required for the post
  • End the letter by again highlighting your suitability for the job and express some enthusiasm about the possibility of joining the team

Before you send it:

  • Check it carefully to ensure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. If possible, ask a friend or your consultant to check it for you
  • If you are emailing your application always remember to attach your CV – you’d be surprised how many people forget this
  • Your consultant will always be happy to assist you

Cover letter writing templates.

If you are looking for a free template to use to start writing your cover letter, no matter what industry you are in, you can click here to access them on our CV hub.