Write a cover letter
Don't send your resume without a cover letter, it is after all the introduction to your CV.
Tips for writing a cover letter
Do pick out specific traits or skills mentioned in the job advert and demonstrate why you think you are suitable. Don't include negative information such as personality conflicts with previous employers, details of tribunals or adverse comments on your current employer.
Four key stages
Lay down an 'action plan' - say you would like the opportunity to meet them for an interview and you'll await their response or that you will make a call in a few days to see if this is appropriate (you don't have to leave the ball in their court, although be wary of seeming to 'pester' - and if you do say you are going to call, then make sure you do).
Obvious tips, but yet not to be forgotten
- Do make sure your letter is addressed to the right person at the right address; spell everything correctly.
- Try to find out who the right person is – either a department manager or HR manager – and address it to them.
- Do make sure you put all your contact details on the cover letter, including address, phone numbers, email address.
- Don't use long words simply to impress.
- Don't send your letter without checking the main body of the text for spelling mistakes, typos, strange grammar, bad punctuation, coffee cup rings or smudged ink – make sure your cover letter is perfect.