Make your covering letter
Many companies allow you to include a cover letter in your application, which gives you the opportunity to let the employer know a little bit more about yourself, which can’t be said in your CV.
Cover letters are also an opportunity to get across your passion for the job, so if you’re not familiar with the company or the field you’re applying within, it’s highly recommend that you do some basic background research before applying. Cover letters will most likely be the first thing that is read, so make sure to set a positive, lasting impression for your application.
Try to avoid cliché phrases like: “I’m a confident, hardworking person with good time-management”. Recruiters are sick and tired of this same approach to showing off skills. A better approach would be to say “I’m regarded by my peers as a hardworking, confident, effective communicator, as evidenced in various leadership roles and presentations that I have conducted at University. These tasks have demanded great time-management and I would welcome the opportunity to apply these skills to your company”. Showing off your skills like this and backing it up with evidence keeps recruiters more engaged and enthused in your application. It is also a good way to draw links into your cv and truly show off the skills that you say you can provide!
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