Sell your CV with a covering letter

Your CV sells you, your skills and experience to potential employers, but, to encourage hiring managers to read your CV, you need a covering letter. You may be wondering why you need this as almost everything these days is online, however, a covering letter is just as important to digital applications as much as the paper versions.

What does a covering letter include?

There are a number of details that need to go into a covering letter and it may seem like you’re duplicating your CV. However, a covering letter gives you the opportunity to drive home why a hiring team needs to view your CV and, in turn, select you for interview. In essence, a covering letter will:

Introduce you to the hiring team

Just sending a CV and hoping for the best is a lazy way of introducing yourself and doesn’t impress anyone. A covering letter introduces you and invites a hiring manager to view yoru CV in full.

Highlight how you meet the criteria

You can show how you meet the essential criteria in a covering letter. Your CV will already show this, but putting it in your letter will help convince a hiring manager to read your CV.

tell them why you should be hired

A well-written covering letter will go some way to convincing a hiring manager that you’re the best person for the job. You will explain your suitability for the role and why they should hire you.

Explain why you want the job.

One paragraph in your letter is used to say why you want the job. This is where you can show what you know about the company and what you can bring to the role.

Where we come in

As well as CV writing, Hypnocat can write your cover letter too. With a HR qualification and many years of recruitment experience, we know how to write an engaging letter to help you stand out from the rest. Here’s a few things we do:

Use key and power words

Every letter needs words thet hiring managers want to read. We use the right words for each specific industry to give you the best chance of success whatever the role.

Write an adaptable letter

Our letters are structured so they can be adapted to numerous jobs, should you find yourself applying for more than one. This makes it more effective for you and your pocket.

Highlight your best bits

It’s like your own personal highlights on a reality TV show. We highlight what you can do for your potential new company and showcase your skills, experience and talents.

Entice Hiring Managers

We write the words that hiring managers want to read to entice them to view your CV in full. They should be impressed enough to interview you, then it’s all up to you.

Some tips when writing cover letters

If you’re happy to write the covering letter yourself, here are some tips that will help you get it right.

Keep it to one page

Your letter must be no more than one page. Remember, it’s supposed to be an invite to read you CV, not the complete works of Shakespeare.

Be professional

If the job advert asks to write to Sarah Jones, don’t address to Sarah, use Ms Jones, unless it specifies Miss or Mrs. Keep it all formal.

Avoid humour

Unless the job is for a comedian or circus clown, avoid making jokes or saying anything that you perceive as witty. It is permitted where the hiring want to see humour, but if not, save the jokes until you’re hired – and past the probationary period!

thank them for reading

It may sound like your planting your lips on their posterior, but it’s polite to thank someone for reading your application. Just a simple ‘thank you for reading my application and I look forward to hearing from you,’ is a great way to finish the letter.