Many employers ditch CV’s that have no covering letter. Are you missing out on job opportunities because you simply can’t be bothered to make that extra effort or is the thought just too daunting? The importance of a covering letter can never be underestimated in the recruitment process so it’s time to start conquering your fears and taking the time to sell yourself directly to the prospective employer.
A covering letter is the sign that attracts any potential employer in the first place. CV’s play second fiddle to a well written, compelling letter. If you desperately want to work for the company and can demonstrate why in a relevant way, there is no harm in saying so.
Traditional British reserve stops us from singing our own praises, we are often worried about being seen as ‘too keen’ but when applying for a job, it isn’t just about whether you have the skills on paper, it is about convincing your potential employer you can do the job, and you will be an asset to the company.
The next thing that can hinder your chances of landing your dream job is making mistakes on your CV. Please see our candidate guide for more in depth information but the most common mistakes made are spelling, grammar and formatting. Check, check and double check before sending your application to any job vacancy or recruiter.
Although the above may seem obvious, it is critical not to neglect the fundamentals. However, the biggest mistake you can make is not tailoring your application so make sure both your covering letter and CV are relevant and address the job description you are applying for.