12 Days of Careers-mas: Day 3


On the third day of Careers-mas, Gary gave to me… Three sections for your covering letter!

A cover letter should have three main sections:

  1. Which post are you applying for, where did you see it? Why do you want this job/want to work for this particular employer? Not applying for a specific job? What are you looking for? When are you available?
  2. Why should they hire you? Highlight some of your main key skills and achievements in relation to the criteria on the person specification. Try and think of your USP – Unique Selling Point – what is going to set you apart from all the other applicants?
  3. End on a positive note. Say you look forward to discussing your skills at interview. Maybe add in one or two relevant experiences or examples that make you suitable for this role.

Want feedback on your covering letter? Email it to careers@cumbria.ac.uk.