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Cover Letter For Curriculum Vitae Examples Uk

by Michael Cheary

Calling all jobseekers: your cover letter needs you…

Even if you know everything about the perfect cover letter, putting one together can seem like a stressful ordeal. Not only do you have to think about the contents, you also have to consider what structure and formatting will make it stand out.

We’ve already covered what a cover letter is and how to write a cover letter, but if you’re still feeling frustrated when it comes to formatting – here’s our cover letter template to help you get started:

 

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Opening the letter

Once you’ve covered the letter writing basics (address, hiring manager’s name if you have it), the opening paragraph should be short and to the point.

Explain what job you’re applying for and where you found the vacancy.

Feel free to mention the website by name (e.g. ‘as advertised on reed.co.uk’) or, if someone referred you to the contact, mention their name in this section.

Example: 
Iwish to apply for the role of IT Manager, currently being advertised on reed.co.uk. Please find enclosed my CV for your consideration.

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Second paragraph – Why are you suitable for the job?

Briefly describe your professional and academic qualifications that are relevant to the role and ensure you refer to some of the skills listed in the job description.

If you have no specific academic or vocational qualifications to cite, use your relevant experience to win merit.

And if you’re lacking in practical work experience? Use personal skills or attributes to show what makes you the perfect fit for the role.

Example:
As you can see from my attached CV, I have over three years’ experience in the IT Industry, and I believe the knowledge and skills built up during this time make me the perfect candidate for the role.

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Third paragraph – What can you do for the company?

Use practical examples to emphasise what you can do for the company. These might be performance-based, and could include examples from previous positions, your current job or even from your academic career.

Always make sure your examples are as quantifiable and pertinent as possible. ‘Increased revenue by x%’, for instance, sounds a lot more impressive than simply stating you ‘Increased revenue’.

Other (role-specific) examples include ‘drove x% more traffic to the website during my time in employment’, ‘an increase in students grades by x’ and ‘achieved a first class distinction grade in my dissertation on x’.

Example:
In my current role as Senior Marketing Executive at Software Company X Ltd, I have been responsible for increasing incoming client enquiries for our B2B product lines by 156% in under 12 months, which helped the business increase its revenue by 55% year-on-year.

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Fourth paragraph – Reiterate

Here’s where you reiterate your interest in the role and why you would be the right fit for the company.

Example: 
I am confident that I can bring this level of success with me to your company and help IT Company LTD build upon their reputation as one the UK’s fastest-growing software houses. With my previous experience and expertise, I believe I can hit the ground running and start actively contributing to the business as soon as possible.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my application further.

Closing the letter

Thank the employer for their time. It is also a good opportunity to indicate that you’d like to meet with the employer for an interview.

Sign off your cover letter with ‘Yours sincerely’ (if you know the name of the hiring manager)/’Yours faithfully’ (if you do not), and your name.

Example:
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my application further.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Final thoughts

Remember: this is a template, not a ready-made cover letter.

This means that it’ll only be effective if you actually put the work in. So before you get started – take some time to research the company and role, and think about how your skills and experience make you a good fit.

Then, do this for every single job you apply for. Because although you won’t have to completely rewrite your cover letter each time, making small changes that make it tailored to the job are essential.

Finally, your cover letter will always look different depending on your situation – whether you’ve just graduated, you’re coming back from a career break, you’re looking for part-time work, or anything else.

Take a look at our cover letter help & tips for specific pointers on how to write yours.

 

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Selecting the right CV to highlight your skills and experiences is extremely important. Find out which sample CV would be the most effective for you

People often create one CV and then send this out regardless of the job or employer. This is a mistake and it could lead to you missing out on an interview, or even a job offer.

Tailoring your CV is essential and so the more effort you put into it the better. The CV must highlight skills which match the recruiter's needs and sometimes you may need to use a different CV template to achieve this.

Chronological CV

Sometimes known as a traditional CV, a chronological CV is used to match your qualifications and work experience with the requirements for the job role. The CV is structured in reverse chronological order i.e. the most recent qualifications and experience are listed first.

This type of graduate CV template makes it easy for employers to identify potential candidates. It allows you to provide clear details of your qualifications, work history and responsibilities which match the criteria provided in the job description.

It's important to include:

  • dates - cover any gaps in your history
  • qualifications and work experience - match these to the role you're applying for
  • additional skills and knowledge - cover essential criteria for the role.

Take a look at how to write a CV.

Skills-based CV

Also known as a functional CV, the skills-based CV can be used if you have gaps in your employment history. This type of CV template is also useful if you have limited experience or are applying for a job which is unrelated to your degree.

Employability skills are transferable to different roles and employers. The skills-based CV allows you to focus on the skills you have developed in various areas of your life.

It's important to:

  • position your skills profile prominently
  • match your skills with the role profile and use the same headings
  • provide evidence of how you've used your skills in a real life situation.

Find out what skills employers want.

Academic CV

Focused on educational achievements academic CVs are used when applying for lecturing or research-based roles.

Although there's no page limit, it's important to keep your CV concise and targeted to the role's requirements, with each section in reverse chronological order. Your academic achievements, research interests and specialist skills should be placed on the first page. Ensure that your writing style is scholarly but clearly understood to those outside of your field of interest.

Include details of your specialist skills, research outcomes, potential future developments, and any funding or grants that you've received, conferences that you've attended, professional memberships that you've gained and publications that you've been featured in.

Find out more about getting an academic job.

To find out how to market a PhD effectively, see your PhD, what next? If you're a postgraduate but not looking for an academic career, your CV should follow an alternative layout.

Teaching CV

To make your teaching CV stand out you should highlight the qualifications and experience you've gained, including:

  • details of your teacher training
  • relevant modules from your degree/postgraduate course
  • details of school experience, prioritising where it's in the age range you want to teach
  • any other teaching experience e.g. sports coaching, summer camps or youth groups
  • relevant voluntary experience
  • interests relevant to teaching e.g. musical abilities or sporting activities
  • skills that will be useful in the role e.g. leadership, IT and languages
  • details of two current referees, such as one from your teacher training and one from teaching practice.

Local authorities and schools usually follow 'safer recruitment procedures' and so ask all applicants to complete a standard application form. That way no-one can hide information, which may be possible in a cleverly written CV.

Read more about getting a teaching job.

Technical CV for IT jobs

An IT CV, also known as a technical CV, can be used to apply for roles such as web developer, IT consultant, software tester or applications developer.

Include an introductory paragraph which mentions your technical expertise and experience and incorporate a 'key skills' heading which will allow for more detail when discussing technical competencies.

While you might be tempted to showcase all your technical abilities at once, ensure that you highlight relevant skills first and foremost. You should also bear in mind that the document will need to be understood by non-technical people such as HR managers.

Use this CV template to focus on your:

  • ability to maintain existing software applications and develop new ones
  • experience of applying technical standards, theories and techniques
  • problem-solving capabilities
  • communication skills.

Read our advice on how to get an IT job.

Video CV

Generally they're used in customer-facing and creative roles in marketing, sales and the media, but a good well thought out video CV can get you noticed by employers in any sector. Remember that the aim isn't to be the next Steven Spielberg, but rather to give a glimpse into who you are and how you can help organisations grow and deliver value to their customers. Take a look at how to create a great video CV for examples and advice on how to make one.

Find out more

If you're a student, ask your university careers and employability service to check your CV and cover letter for you.

For further information, see:

Written by Rachel Swain, Editorial manager

Prospects · April 2017

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