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A covering letter can act as the introduction to your CV and be used to highlight your key strengths relevant to the job. Include a brief description of the type of work you are looking for e.g. temporary/contract or permanent; full or part time; and the locations in which you are willing to work. If you have studied, try to relate the skills you developed during your academic history to the employers needs.
Covering letters can save you from having to rewrite your CV each time you want to target your application to a specific advertisement or type of job.
Start with a brief profile of yourself: who you are, your key skills and achievements, and personal attributes. Then include a brief overview of your skills, experience, and any related achievements. Bullet points are good. Then detail your employment history, this should be listed in order of your present or most recent job first.
If you have only worked for one company, break the job down into the different positions you have held or the different projects you have dealt with. For each position describe the work undertaken, duties and responsibilities you have had. Remember to include achievements not just tasks.
This page should also contain your personal details i.e. name, contact details.
After your employment history, include a summary of your educational and professional qualifications and any other achievements that are relevant.
Finally, give two referees, including their professional title and contact details. At least one of these should be work related, but academic and character referees are also acceptable.
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