When submitting a CV to a potential Exeter employer do you on all occasions have a covering letter too? What should this contain? We at AllExeterJobs want to assist you in improving your chances of getting that good job so here is our hints and tips on covering letters.
Straightforward answer, YES!
A CV will inform a prospective Exeter employer of your career history, education etc but not why you are applying for their opening with their organisation. It also provides your CV a personal touch which shows to the business that you have made a particular effort to apply.
So what do you say to help you in getting that job and making sure you stand out from the crowd?
Firstly, keep in mind that you are presenting yourself to a professional person and your covering letter should show this:
Secondly, keep in mind that you are putting your best foot forward in particular relation to the job for which you are applying. The things you may want to include are:
Try to be honest and passionate. Think about why you are applying, there must be reasons you feel that would be suitable for the job so explain that to them. A good covering letter can be more important than the CV itself particularly if you don’t have entirely the necessary skills or experience but think that you can make up for it in others ways.
Remember to amend your covering letter for each job to which you apply so that it remains relevant and strong. Note: organisations such as Exeter City Council / Devon County Council jobs and The University of Exeter / Exeter College jobs may not require covering letters as they have extensive online forms.