How to write an effective cover letter with the help of London Met Careers and Employability

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Tips and advice

It is usual to send a cover letter along with your CV, and the purpose of the letter is to show your motivation for the role as well as to highlight some of the key skills you can offer the employer.  You should aim to:

  • Begin by stating who you are, indicate the role you are applying for and where it was advertised.
  • Outline why you are interested in the post and why you would like to work with that specific employer.
  • Highlight the aspects of your experience which most closely match the requirements of the role.
  • Make sure your cover letter uses a standard, easy-to-read font and is formatted simply. Use a font like an Arial, which is pretty standard and easy to read.
  • Length is important. Try not to exceed one A4 page.
  • Always use language from the job description to be relevant when you’re explaining why you’re an ideal candidate for the position.


How Careers and Employability can help you?

When you have completed your first cover letter draft, book a Quick Query slot with a London Met Careers Consultant to discuss the document and identify any areas for further development.   

Careers and Employability team offer regular workshops on creating effective CVs and cover letters.  For details and booking go to our Eventbrite page.

Careers and Employability highly recommend to use Your Careers Portal. It includes a cover letter builder which provides tips on content as well as examples to give you ideas.


Other references

The ones listed above are only few of the tips you need to complete an effective cover letter. Therefore, Careers and Employability has produced an information sheet with detailed info on completing effective CVs and cover letters.

We highly recommend to have a look at The 2010 Orange County Resume Survey by Saddleback College in the USA to find out what CV and cover letter employers are looking for.

You can also refer to Target Jobs “Covering letter essentials for graduate vacancies and to Prospects pages on “CVs and cover letters” for further tips and advice.


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