When submitting a CV to a prospective Brighton and Hove employer should you on all occasions have a covering letter too? What should it say? We at AllBrightonAndHoveJobs want to assist you in maximising your chances of getting that perfect job so here is our recommendations on covering letters.
Straightforward answer, YES!
A CV will inform a prospective Brighton and Hove employer of your work history, education etc but not why you are applying for their opening with their company. It also provides your CV a personal touch which demonstrates to the company that you have made a particular effort to apply.
So what do you say to assist you in getting that job and making sure you stand out from the crowd?
Firstly, remember that you are presenting yourself to a business 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 might want to include are:
Try to be honest and passionate. Consider 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 might be more important than the CV itself especially 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 change 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.