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How to write a graduate cover letter
Many employers request a cover letter along with your CV. This is your opportunity to really show off your skills and enthusiasm for the role. Graduate recruiters often spend more time looking at a graduate’s cover letter than their CV, as they know their work experience will be limited.
You can afford to show a bit of personality in your cover letter. Let the employer know why you want to work for them and why you think you would make a great candidate for their role. The chances for this are limited on your CV so make the most of this opening dialogue. Here are a few pointers on how to write a graduate cover letter.
- Always use a formal letter format – you’re not just dropping them a note.
- Address the person handling the job – if the job ad doesn’t state a contact then use ‘Dear sir/madam’.
- Don’t be afraid to repeat some of what’s in your CV – if your skills are relevant then reiterate them.
- Always tailor your cover letter to the role and company you’re applying for.
- Keep it brief – highlight relevant skills and state your career objective - if it aligns with the type of role you’re applying for.
- Talk about the company to show you’ve done your research.
- End by politely expressing your interest in further dialogue with the hiring manager.
Don’t forget, the letter should be well written and clear. Get someone to proofread it for you; a second pair of eyes is always useful. Your letter is a reflection of you and if a hiring manager can’t understand your message, they’re unlikely to be impressed.
Read more Graduate advice here.