Tips for writing a cover letter when you’re over 50

A cover letter should go hand in hand with your CV; supporting and enhancing it, but not repeating it. It’s an opportunity to introduce yourself and give future employers a brief idea about who you are and why you want to work for them before they decide whether or not to read your CV to find out more.

Your CV is all about you (it’s essentially a list of your skills and experience), but your cover letter is a chance to show that you’ve also thought about the company you’re applying to, and how you can help them – you essentially want to make them an offer they can’t refuse.  

A cover letter really comes into its own if you’re applying for a slightly different role to the one you’ve done before, or if you want to stand out from the crowd. Almost everyone attaches a CV with a job application these days, but few people take the time to submit a good cover letter.

We know it can be hard to force yourself to write a cover letter with each job application, especially if you are sending off lots of job applications each and every week. However, not writing cover letters can end up being a false economy, as fewer employers are likely to bring you in for interview, meaning you end up having to send off more and more applications.

Simply by going to the effort of writing one, you’re already making a great first impression to your potential employer and demonstrating how proactive you are.

Author: wpadmin

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