How to write a cover letter

Cover letters are as important to your job application as your CV and yet they are often rushed out as an afterthought. This is your chance to show recruiters why you’d be good at the job and get them interested. Get it wrong, and that perfectly crafted CV you spent so long on could have been a complete waste of time…

So whatever your current work situation and experience, we have a cover letter template to suit you…


Think carefully about what you write

A properly crafted cover letter should take up to an hour to write, if you quickly stick some thoughts down on an email and attach your CV then you'll be at a big disadvantage. This is your chance to market yourself and it's important that you present your personality and career in the right way...

This is why we've devised different cover letter templates depending on where you are in your career right now. We're all different, after all. And don't forget to check out our cover letter check list to make sure you've really nailed it!



If you’re unemployed and you’re worried about gaps on your CV then a cover letter is your perfect opportunity to explain why you’ve found yourself in this situation (it’s nothing to be ashamed of, after all) and explain what you’ve been doing in your spare time to make you perfect for the job…

Find out how to write an unemployed cover letter

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Graduate (no experience)

The graduate job market is tough at the moment and you need to do everything you can to stand out from the crowd. Although your CV may not be that different to a couple of hundred of your graduate friends, your cover letter gives you the opportunity to explain what makes you special – make the most of it!

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Find out how to write a graduate cover letter


First job (non graduate)

It can be tough to convince an employer to give you a chance when you’re completely untested in the world of work. Your cover letter is a chance to show off your motivation and passion and you could really catch someone’s eye if you do it the right way.

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Find out how to write a first job cover letter


Career changer

To someone changing careers a cover letter is your opportunity to explain why you’re changing jobs and convince them to give you a chance. You should already have work experience from another industry – put a spin on that experience and it shouldn’t matter that you're starting out in an unfamiliar role.

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Find out how to write a career changer cover letter


Career ladder climber

You’re in a good position for job hunting – you don’t NEED a job, you’re just looking for a promotion or some extra cash. Sell yourself right in your cover letter and this should be a walk in the park…

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Find out how to write a career ladder climber cover letter


Career break (returning mums/dads, back from travelling etc…)

So you have taken time out of your career but now you want – or need – to get back into the world of work. Explain your reasoning behind wanting to return to work and you could be at a huge advantage.

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Find out how to write a career break cover letter


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