Cover letter guidelines

Your Address




Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

First Paragraph: Why You Are Writing.

The position you are applying for and where you saw it advertised.

Middle Paragraphs: What You Have to Offer.

Make connections between your experience and skills and the advertisement. Try to support each statement you make with proof. Always connect your information to the advertisement, for example; I see from your advertisement that you are looking for someone with…….I feel I am very suitable as I …………..

If you mention work experience make sure to include the name of the company, position you held there and the duties. For education, mention the name of the college, course and subjects studied. Show how your education and work skills are relevant to the position for which you are applying.

When responding to the advertisement, refer specifically to the skills listed and show how your duties and previous studies prove that you have these skills and qualities.

Final Paragraph:  The closing – Express your interest in the position and the company, show how you will fit into the company.  State your availability for an interview.

Yours sincerely,

Your Signature

Your Typed Name

Breda Hegarty – Career Counsellor

If you would like to work on making your cover letter more impressive, contact Breda today!

Breda Hegarty is a fully qualified career guidance counsellor based in Dublin. Breda has been providing expert career counselling and guidance for 15 years, supporting adults to choose the right career and identify their skills. Her expertise is in the area of successful CV and cover letter writing, career planning and interview preparation.


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