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Writing a cover letter

Now that your CV is in great shape (and if it isn’t read our blog post about tailoring your CV to an accounting role), you need to be ready to draft a cover letter for each position you apply for.

A cover letter gives you the opportunity to highlight to the employer why you’re a great fit for the position. Although they can be tedious to write, it is really important to get them right.

So, what are some tips to help you write a strong cover letter?

First, address the letter properly. Find the name of the hiring manager and the company’s address and use that to formally address the letter.

Second, include a formal greeting and introduce yourself. Your introduction should state the position you’re applying for.

Third, include some details on your relevant skills. Make sure you read the job description closely and ensure you mention why your skills match up with what the company is looking for. For example, if one of the requirements is experience managing staff, you could state “I am an accounting professional, with 2 years’ experience as a Manager at XX company”. Make sure you only summarize the main points. You don’t need to repeat your entire CV on your cover letter, just the most important details.

Fourth, include some comments about why you are a great fit for the organization and role. Again, always refer back to the job description. It also helps to have done some research on the specific company, so that your wording is unique to the company. You shouldn’t be sending the exact same letter for each position and company you apply for.

Lastly, end your letter informing the recruiter that you have also included your CV for more details and that they can contact you if they have any questions. Include your name, signature, email and contact number so they are readily available.

Remember, recruiters receive hundreds of applications for each job. Keep your cover letter short and to the point. If it’s longer than a page, it’s likely the recruiter won’t read the whole thing!

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