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.
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