When posting a CV to a prospective Southampton employer should you on all occasions include a covering letter too? What should your covering letter say? We at AllSouthamptonJobs want to assist you in maximising your chances of getting that ideal job so here is our advice on covering letters.
Simple answer, YES!
A CV will tell a potential Southampton employer of your employment history, education etc but not why you are applying for their vacancy with their organisation. It also provides your CV a personal touch which demonstrates to the organisation that you have made a particular effort to apply.
So what do you say to assist you in getting that job and ensuring you stand out from the crowd?
Firstly, bear in mind that you are presenting yourself to a professional person and your covering letter should show this:
Secondly, bear in mind that you are selling yourself in particular relation to the job for which you are applying. The things you might want to include are:
Try to be honest and passionate. Consider why you are applying, there must be reasons you consider that you can do the job so explain that to them. A great covering letter might be more important than the CV itself particularly if you don’t have exactly the correct skills or experience but feel that you can make up for it in others ways.
Remember to change your covering letter for each job to which you apply so that it remains pertinent and strong. Note: organisations such as Southampton City Council / Hampshire County Council jobs and The University of Southampton / Southampton City College jobs may not require covering letters as they have extensive online forms.