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Many people think of the covering letter as an addition to their CV, but in fact a good covering letter is just as vital as the rest of your CV.
Covering letters go at the front of your CV and act as your introduction to a future employer. Whether mailed or emailed, they are the first thing an employer reads, even before your CV.
A well-written covering letter should demonstrate that you have the qualities and key skills for the job, and should convince an employer you’re suitable for and serious about the job. This is where you can let your personality shine through – a CV is usually more about the facts.
State the job you’re applying for, where you found out about it and when you can start work
Tell the employer why you’re interested in that type of work, and why the company attracts you
Summarise your strengths and how they might be an advantage to the organisation, and relate your skills to the requirements of the job
Mention any dates that you won’t be available for interview and thank the employer and say you look forward to hearing from them soon.