How to Do a Cover Letter for a CV

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How to Do a Cover Letter for a CV
A well-written CV and cover letter can help you land an interview. (la rencounter image by Yves Damin from

A CV, or curriculum vitae, is a summary of all your educational and professional experience. CV's are often used to apply for upper level positions or positions that require very specialised experience. Writing a cover letter for your CV can be a bit tricky. A CV is very detailed, and your cover letter shouldn't simply repeat the information found in your CV. Instead, you should use your cover letter to elaborate on the information found in your CV and to convince a potential employer that your CV is worth taking the time to look at.

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  1. 1

    Create a heading for your cover letter. Type your name and contact information at the top. Include your address, phone number and e-mail. Type the employer's information below yours, on the left side of the page. Include the recipient's name and title, the name of the company and the company's address. Type the date below that.

  2. 2

    Add a professional greeting to your cover letter, and address the recipient by name, such as "Dear Mr. Smith."

  3. 3

    Express your interest in the job you're applying for in the first paragraph. Explain where you heard of the job and that you feel your qualifications and experience are a good match for the company.

  4. 4

    Provide details about your relevant experience in the second paragraph. Don't repeat information found on your CV. Instead give specific examples that back up the information found on your CV. For example, your CV might say that you've had experience working with Microsoft Office Programs. In your cover letter, explain the specific projects you completed using Microsoft Office programs, what the projects were used for and how the projects helped the company you were working for. For example, "I created the complete content and layout for a product brochure using Microsoft Publisher, saving the marketing department the £780 it would cost to outsource the project."

  5. 5

    Thank the recipient for taking the time to review your CV and for considering you for the open position in the final paragraph. Express your interest in coming in to discuss the qualifications listed on your CV in more detail, and state when you're available to come in for an interview.

  6. 6

    End your cover letter with a professional closing, such as "Sincerely." Skip three or four lines after the closing, and type your name. Once you print out your cover letter, be sure to sign your name between the professional closing and your typed name.

  7. 7

    Skip one line after your typed name, and type "Enclosure (1)." This refers to your CV that you're enclosing with your cover letter.

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