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Thursday 17 May 2012

Cover letters 'should be a masterpiece of brevity'

People writing a covering letter need to make it a "masterpiece of brevity" if they are to get their point across and make an impression on the employer, one expert has advised.

According to David Moran, founder and principal of thecvexperts.com, candidates should keep it succinct and relevant, as it is read before your CV, so people need to engage the reader early.

Applicants should also pick out key criteria from the advert or job description and try to demonstrate at least three areas within the letter, as this may result in the recruiter noticing a correlation between the candidate and the vacancy, he added.

"Keep things tight - remember this is just a taste of what's to come in your CV. You should also keep the content original - how many times do you the think recruiters have read 'enthusiastic, dedicated, hardworking individual'within other letters?" Mr Moran said.

He described these words and phrases as "hollow and exhausted" and noted that their usage could even devalue the pitch.

"Make it fresh and non-formulaic, whilst focusing on any personal traits or characteristics they may be looking for," the specialist recommended.

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Credit: Salespeak News

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