Your CV Cover Letter
You have written your CV, the perfect CV perhaps, if that is possible. You have tailored it to the specific job that you are applying for, as you should do. You have proofread it, and also submitted it to Grammarholic.com for independent proofreading. You are confident that Grammarholic have ensured that each word, each sentence, and each aspect of punctuation have been edited with 100% accuracy. And yet, your perfect curriculum seems not be having the desired impact.
What are the possible reasons?
Perhaps you could be applying for a job which you are not particularly well qualified for. Your experience and qualifications may be excellent, but not quite as good as another candidate's capabilities. This is difficult to improve upon in the short term, and you must hope that your competence and achievements are better recognized by the next prospective employer. However, another possibility could lie in the quality of your CV cover letter. If you receive help with curriculum writing from a CV writing service, some key advice would be that a good CV cover letter should always accompany your CV, and you may have left this to chance. A CV cover letter should be more expansive than 'here is my CV'. You should set out to inform the employer why you have sent the CV, and extract some suitable highlights from it which you feel may be particularly relevant to your application. This outline of your suitability for the post will aim to suggest strongly that you are the ideal candidate. Be careful to begin and end your cover letter correctly. You may know the full name to which the letter should be addressed, and you can then begin with 'Dear Mr' or 'Dear Mrs' and close the letter formally as 'Yours sincerely'.
However, it is quite likely that you will not be confident that you know the recipient's full title. In this case, it is important not to address your letter in the wrong way. You should certainly not be over familiar ('Dear Jane') and it would be advisable to contact the employer to ask how the recipient in question prefers to be addressed. If you explain the reason for contacting them this could very well act in your favour, as being polite costs nothing and you will quite probably be the only applicant who has taken the trouble to find this out. This could pay dividends, as you will instantly be distinguished from everyone else who has applied for the position. Being noticed is one of the keys to writing a potentially interview-winning cover letter, and now you will have a head start. You can also receive some good advice from Grammarholic.com on the subject of writing a cover letter for your Curriculum Vitae.
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