The Cover Letter
A covering letter is simply an introduction to yourself and to
the C.V. that you have enclosed
The letter itself should be short and should not cover the same
ground as the C.V. It should sum up in a few lines what you
have to offer and simply introduce the enclosed C.V.
It should be addressed specifically to the person named in the
advertisement. The style of the letter should be formal.
The Format of the Covering letter should be on the lines of the
1st Paragraph should outline the reason for writing to the company. Are you replying to a job advertisement or are you
writing in a speculatively to see if there are any positions
2nd paragraph should illustrate why the company should
choose you as an employee. Why do you want the job? What
do you have to offer the company. You hint on the
relevance of past experiences, qualifications and relate them to
the position for which you are going for.
3rd Paragraph you should finish and state that you look
forward to hearing from them in the future. State that you will
send on any additional information at their request. Sign the
When signing off the letter, a rule of thumb is that if you don't know specifically whom you're writing to i.e. you've started the letter by writing Dear Sir/Madam, you finish by writing "Yours faithfully"
If on the other hand you started by naming the individual by name then conclude by writing "yours sincerely".
Help with covering letters can be obtained from:
Guidance Counsellors to whom students can drop in and ask for advice and information. The following are Guidance Counsellors in the Schools of Castlebar:
Sr Connor in St. Josephs Secondary
Mr Woods in St. Geralds College
Mr Deffely in Davitt College
The Centre for the Unemployed,
Telephone: 094 - 22184
Castlebar Youth Information Centre, Newtown, Castlebar.
(094) 28674 will assist in seeking out information on careers, education, and training possibilities.
It has a range of books and leaflets in which you will find the titles and addresses of Professional Institutes, Trade Associations, Colleges of Training and Education, Major Employer Bodies who will be prepared to answer specific enquiries or to furnish more detailed information to young people interested in particular careers.
Or Your Local Employment Service Office
(See Guidance Services)