Writing a compelling cover letter

Lots of employers ask candidates to send them a cover letter as part of their initial application. From the recruiter's perspective, they want to know if you fit their criteria. From your perspective, it's another opportunity to make sure your application stands out from the crowd.

The cover letter is designed to enhance your application, so don't repeat your CV. Be a little more personal, and show the recruiter how your skills, qualifications and work history match up with the criteria they've outlined in the job advert. As a result, it's also important that you tailor your cover letter to the specific job you're applying for.

If you're completing your job application online, you're often asked to input your cover letter directly into a free text box. However, sometimes you'll be asked to upload your cover letter, so it's important that you use a clear, professional layout.

Finally, remember to include achievements from your previous jobs that you're proud of, and which are relevant to the job you're applying for. That way, you'll be demonstrating the value you can bring to the table. Remember to proof read for grammatical and spelling mistakes too.