How to write your covering letter

  • Clearly state the position you are applying for, reference number of the post, if applicable, and where you saw it advertised.
  • Explain why you are interested in the role and the company.
  • Outline your relevant skills, knowledge, competences and experience.
  • Ideally, keep the letter under 500 words.
  • For consistency, consider using the same style and size of font as your CV.
  • It is crucial that your covering letter, like your CV, contains no factual, grammatical or spelling errors and is well presented.
See if your careers service will help you with your application and check your CV and covering letter for any grammatical or spelling errors.