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Brilliant Cover Letters by James Innes

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100 brilliant Cover L etters
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You should aim to order the paragraphs of your letter logically and more or
less according to the value that they contribute.
As for teachers, it is important to demonstrate CPD.Yours is a profession
where you are expected to be continually learning and much value is
placed on this by employers.
Fitting all this into two pages may not be easy. However, if your letter
starts to exceed two pages then you may be falling into the trap of packing
in an excessive amount of information.This could make it harder for your
key selling points to stand out.
Try to summarise and remain concise. A
prospective employer can always ask for
further information if they require it maybe
at your interview.
Academia
Academic and scientific cover letters have many similarities with medical
cover letters.
There will be a lot of information that you need to communicate and
that a prospective employer may be expecting you to communicate.
However, you must be careful not to provide too much detail, such as
overly long descriptions of projects, excessive technical detail and so on.
You might be itching to write extensive descriptions of the work you’ve
undertaken, but it’s vital to summarise and to stick to the main points.You
can always elaborate at your interview if necessary. Packing too much
try to summarise and
remain concise
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information into your letter is likely to reduce your chances of winning an
interview in the first place.
You may need to use specialist terminology to illustrate your points but,
as I have previously pointed out, excessive jargon is not a good idea. If you
need to use a specialist/technical term that you are not sure the reader will
understand, it is perfectly acceptable to follow it with a brief definition in
brackets.
Other sectors
As I mentioned earlier, you could find yourself faced with a request for a
letter of application in almost any sector. They are particularly popular in
teaching, medicine and academia but are also common in many other
sectors. Let’s look at an example for a senior role in the charity sector.
Specialist cover letters including letters of application 101
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102 brilliant Cover L etters
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Mrs. Jane Jenkins
Chief Executive Officer
The Foundation
Littleold Road
GUILDFORD AN5 3CV
10 June 2009
Dear Mrs. Jenkins,
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR – REF. 123ABC
Having seen your advertisement for a Development Director, I am writing to outline my unique
combination of skills, capabilities and experience. I believe I will be able to add significant
value to the Foundation and to the post of Development Director in particular.
As you will note from my enclosed CV, my first venture into charitable work was a project I
worked on with a group of young second-generation African immigrants from deprived inner-
city backgrounds. Together, we worked on the production of a film which had such a great
impact that I decided to establish a registered charity, Thameside Pictures, to formally continue
the project. The main aim of the charity was to provide a creative outlet for young people aged
16 25, the idea being to minimise instances of anti-social behaviour. We relied entirely on
funding to sustain each filming project undertaken and it was during this time that I first
demonstrated a natural flair for fundraising. Through networking with other charity
organisations such as Awards for All, Lloyds TSB Trust and the Headley Foundation, I was able
to raise funding in excess of £50K in just 12 months, enabling the production of two further film
projects.
Thameside Pictures became well known within the youth, community, voluntary and statutory
sectors for the positive work it carried out and, in 2006, I was approached by The Community
Association to become Chair of their Board of Trustees. The charity operates a community
centre providing leisure activities, training, advice and child care facilities to people from
various cultural backgrounds including Morocco, Somalia, Portugal, Bosnia, Iraq and Kurdistan.
I personally served on the Financial and Personnel Sub Committees involved in increasing
revenues and minimising expenditure whilst also managing all staffing or disciplinary matters
that arose.
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