We were amazed how many people gave us constructive feedback about our first webinar. We received a lot of questions about career paths, job application processes, cv writing and cover letters. There is a need for this so guess what?! YES we delivered another FREE webinar to our subscribers. This time we had almost triple attendance!
On our second webinar we decided to focus on graduates. Here is a brief summary of the webinar:
1. How to write a graduate cover letter in four steps:
– The opening – Tell the graduate recruiter which job you are applying for, where you saw the advert and why you are applying. If the job has a reference number, it is always good to include this.
– Why you? – The first paragraph or two are about you. Tell the employer why you are well suited to the role you are applying for, referring directly to the job description and concentrating on how you have the skills, abilities and/or knowledge to excel in the job.
– Why them? – The next paragraph explains why you are interested in the job and the organisation. What is it about the employer and job role that made you apply?
– The ending – The closing paragraph should be strong and clear. Reaffirm your suitability for the role and your enthusiasm about the prospect of working for the employer.
2. When to write a covering letter?
You must write a covering letter for a job when you are invited to submit a CV via an email or (more rare nowadays) through the post. There are two ways to send your covering letter via email, and both are usually acceptable, though you should check the job advert carefully to see if you have been given any specific instructions.
3. Make your covering letter memorable and to the point?
Keep sentences straightforward and fairly simple. Using action verbs will help. Keep your writing professional and err on the side of formality rather than being too chatty.
4. Check spelling, grammar and sense very carefully!
Before you send out a covering letter check it for spelling, grammar and sense. Elegant formatting won’t make up for poor spelling and grammar.
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