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Application forms that ask for a cover letter - help?

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FairhairedandFrustrated Tue 07-May-13 15:12:30

I have been applying for jobs and sending my CV to various companies for the past month.

I have registered with recruitment agencies also, but have yet to get an interview for anything.

I am currently employed part time but want full time (no full time prospects where I am).

Can anyone tell my the type of information I need to be putting into the cover letter/note?

Even today when I sent my CV off to the recruitment agency I wrote a shitty cover note - I just don't know what's meant to go in them - can anyone help?

Freddiemisagreatshag Tue 07-May-13 15:17:47

have a look here for ideas

and here

and here

Piffpaffpoff Wed 08-May-13 08:38:13

To me, the covering letter is your 'advert' to entice the employer into reading your application. So mine generally has an introductory paragraph summarising me and my general experience and any key points I want employers to know about me. Then a second para (and third if necessary) referring to specific skills or experience that i have that i know they are looking for, with an example or two demonstrating this.

I do a different letter for each position I apply for.

Keep it short and to the point. Dont waffle, and don't go onto a second page.

LIZS Wed 08-May-13 08:49:41

Most job applications require a particular form not CV. Look at the person specification and job specification and highlight anything in your experience , skills, training etc that is especially relevant or interesting. Also your motivation for applying - career progression , full time hours, knowledge of company. Keep it succinct and try not repeat things that are self evident in your application.

FairhairedandFrustrated Thu 09-May-13 00:45:05

Thanks very much all of you. Much appreciated.

mrscumberbatch Thu 09-May-13 14:54:48

When looking for staff I pay more attention to the cover note than the CV.

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