When posting a CV to a prospective Brighton employer should you always have a covering letter too? What should this say? We at BrightonJobSearch want to assist you in maximising your chances of getting that ideal job so here is our advice on covering letters.
Straightforward answer, YES!
A CV will tell a potential Brighton employer of your career history, education etc but not the reason you are applying for their role with their business. It also provides your CV a personal touch which shows to the business that you have made a particular effort to apply.
So what do you say to help you in getting that job and ensuring you stand out from the crowd?
Firstly, keep in mind that you are presenting yourself to a business person and your covering letter should reflect this:
Secondly, keep in mind that you are selling yourself in particular relation to the job for which you are applying. The things you could want to include are:
Try to be honest and passionate. Think about why you are applying, there must be reasons you consider that you can do the job so explain that to them. A perfect covering letter might be more important than the CV itself especially if you don’t have exactly the desired skills or experience but consider 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 Brighton & Hove City Council / East Sussex County Council jobs and University of Brighton / Sussex University jobs may not require covering letters as they have extensive online forms.