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The examples below feature two detailed samples of a good cover letter. The first illustrates a technical professional and the second cover letter features a nurse. Both examples feature important similarities: they both consist of four paragraphs (four or five paragraphs is acceptable). They are both concise and explain why the candidates believe they are suitable for the vacancies.


First Sample of a Good Cover Letter


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Dear [ Enter name of recipient ],

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I am seeking the opportunity to apply myself to an [ Enter position here ] position to enable me to capitalise on both my educational and professional experience whilst allowing me to progress in my career and advance within [ Enter field here ] in general. [ Enter position here ] seems an ideal prospect, in view of my training, work experience and career interest.

Over the past four years, I have added practical work experience to my technical knowledge, rising swiftly to Project Manager, a position which I currently hold at [ Enter name of employer ]. I am responsible for managing a multi-disciplinary team, resolving issues proactively, working to schedule, in close liaison with Program Managers, ensuring smooth operations at all times. The position has enhanced my organizational, leadership and communication skills, increasing my ability to synthesize complex technical issues swiftly and independently.

This was preceded by an internship as a Data Analyst at XYZ Systems. I administered Windows and Linux operating platforms, programmed GPS navigational systems and undertook extensive client liaisons, honing my communications and analytical skills. This position was preceded by a six month period at Tompkins Hopkirk as Assistant Manager. I was responsible for operating systemís networks, providing technical support to fellow associates, training staff and general troubleshooting. This role enhanced my ability to multi-task while working accurately under pressure. I also benefited by increasing my ability to organize and delegate work proactively.

Researching your organization has convinced me that the position would utilize the knowledge and skills I have gained through my education and work experience. I believe I am a suitable candidate for the position in view of my education, experience and long term commitment within [ Enter field ]. I hope therefore, that on consideration of my resume, you will be persuaded of my potential to perform well and make a real contribution as a member of your organization. In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.


Yours sincerely,


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Why are the letters written this way?

A good covering letter should ideally be written in four paragraphs, although five is fine if you feel you should add additional relevant information. The first paragraph is your opportunity to introduce yourself, confirming your interest in the job; and the reasons why you are applying. Ideally, the position should be a natural progression in your career development and aspirations and this ought to be mentioned.

It is important that you are able to identify skills and competencies that are relevant to the position you are applying. If unsure, go back to the job spec and person spec. The middle section of the letter (paragraphs 2 and 3) is for you to elaborate on your remits, highlighting relevant skills used, acquired and/or developed in the job. Use the second paragraph to highlight relevant skills used and developed in your current or most recent position. Similarly use the third paragraph to highlight your remit in your previous role, again with emphasis on relevant skills that were used, acquired or developed.

The fourth and final paragraph is used to conclude, summarising the reasons why you believe you are a good candidate for consideration in the selection process. Following this tried and tested convention for writing covering letters will get your CV/resume noticed from the pile, giving you a vital edge in the selection process.


Second Sample of a Good Cover Letter


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Dear [ Enter name of recipient ],

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I am seeking the opportunity to apply myself to the [ Enter position here ] position to enable me to capitalise on both my educational and professional experience whilst allowing me to progress in my career and advance within nursing care in general. [ Enter position here ] seems an ideal prospect, in view of my experience, education, skills and career interests.

I am a Registered General Nurse with UK registration and am currently working at the University Hospital Foundation Trust in Southampton as Staff Nurse within a busy Acute Elderly Care Ward. Duties involve general nursing and administrative functions and I also deliver clinical education for junior staff. The position has helped hone my skills as a nurse, providing me with the opportunity to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary, solutions-orientated team, developing my clinical experience and enhancing my communications / listening as well as organizational and time-management capabilities.

Prior to this, I gained further experience working for three years as Staff Nurse at the Royal United Hospital in Norwich, developing and consolidating a broad range of clinical skills and patient care. The positions also enhanced my organizational capabilities and ability to multi-task while working accurately under pressure, ensuring smooth operational processes and high level of patient care at all times. Some of my skill set include: intravenous and oral medication administration, venepuncture, cannulation, life support, clinical care for acutely ill patients, and other disciplines.

I am a conscientious and dedicated nursing professional totally committed to delivering professional patient care and I believe I am a suitable candidate for the position in view of my education, experience and long term commitment within nursing. I hope therefore, that on consideration of my CV, you will be persuaded of my potential to perform well and make a real contribution as a valuable member of your team. In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.


Yours sincerely,


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> FINANCE
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> EDUCATION
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