When posting a CV to a prospective Portsmouth employer should you on all occasions include a covering letter too? What should this say? We at AllPortsmouthJobs want to assist you in increasing your chances of getting that fantastic job so here is our recommendations on covering letters.
Simple answer, YES!
A CV will tell a potential Portsmouth employer of your employment history, education etc but not the reason you are applying for their vacancy with their employer. It also gives your CV a personal touch which shows to the business that you have made a special effort to apply.
So what do you say to aid you in getting that job and making sure you stand out from the crowd?
Firstly, bear in mind that you are presenting yourself to a professional person and your covering letter should reflect this:
Secondly, remember that you are selling yourself in particular relation to the job for which you are applying. The things you may want to include are:
Try to be honest and passionate. Think about why you are applying, there must be reasons you consider that would be suitable for the job so explain that to them. A ideal covering letter can be more important than the CV itself particularly if you don’t have exactly the desired skills or experience but think that you can make up for it in others ways.
Remember to amend your covering letter for each job to which you apply so that it remains relevant and strong. Note: organisations such as Portsmouth City Council / Hampshire County Council / Southsea Town Council jobs and The University of Portsmouth / Portsmouth College / Highbury College jobs may not require covering letters as they have extensive online forms.