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The CV Book 2nd edn, 2nd Edition by James Innes

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Chapter 21

Cover letters

Cover letters are, according to a recent survey, seen by almost 50 per cent of recruiters as being as important as the CV itself, although most people spend the least amount of time on them.

So many people lose out on an interview not because of their CV but because of their cover letter. People are all too ready to blame their CV without giving a thought to their cover letter – yet it’s frequently the cover letter that is to blame for the lack of success.

Never underestimate the importance of a cover letter

When someone has hundreds of CVs to plough through, the cover letter sets the tone of the application, and should inspire the reader to turn over enthusiastically and read the accompanying CV.

It is the ideal ...

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