Was just about to send off an application form for a placement linked to a course I'm doing and noticed it said must also send a covering letter-help!! Haven't done one of these for about 20 years - what do I say? The form itself had lots of qs about relevant experience, why I want to do the role etc so I'm not sure it's worth repeating all that?
Add a couple of paragraphs to Stirling's example - 'As you can see from my CV/application form/whatever I am curretnly studying xxxx and seeking a placement that will enable me to yyyyy and feel that your company/charity/organisation/whatever would be ideal becuase of zzzzz' And add something about how great they are and how delighted you'r be to do a placement with them.
I used to write these for a living! My tip would be to used bullets, so that the letter acts as a summary for the form.
I would do it:
Par One: as Stirling's example, the basics about what you're applying for
Par Two: what attracts you to the post.
Par Three: something along the lines of
'The skills and experience that I would bring to the placement include: - x years experience in blah - x qualifications in blah - x tangible example of key skill - x another example of another key skill' (No more than a couple of lines per bullet, ideally just one.)
Par Four: As Stirling's 'look forward' and sign-off.
When I say par, I really just mean a line or two. The whole thing should be nice and succinct. If you have to squeeze it onto one page or use a smaller font size, it's too long.
thanks all some really useful advice here - I hope I know how to set a letter out (having worked in an admin role for years!!) but it's really helpful to know what else to add in and I can use this advice for other application too so thank you!!