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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A poor covering letter 'can ruin an application'

There is no point spending a huge amount of time constructing the perfect CV if the accompanying covering letter is not up to scratch, one expert has pointed out.

Debbie Catt, careers adviser and motivational speaker at helpwithredundancy.com, said that does not matter how good a CV is, because if the covering letter does not grab the employer's attention, they will not even bother to read it.

Applicants need to remember that hiring managers are initially checking that the applicant has the right qualifications, skills and experience to do the job and has researched the job and company they are applying to.

The key, therefore, is to extract the main elements from the CV and present those details in an interesting and exciting way that makes the selector want to meet the candidate.

Ms Catt advised: "Don't just copy and paste the details from your CV - imagine you are sitting in front of the selector and answering the question 'why should we invite you in for an interview rather than the hundreds of other applicants?'"

"Remember that you are unique – even if many applicants have the same qualifications and similar experience, there is only one of you. So what can you and your personality bring to the job?"

For some of the best CV advice and tips visit the career tools section of www.aaronwallis.co.uk. Stacked with hints, tips and advice the Aaron Wallis career tools section is the right solution for you.

Posted by John OakADNFCR-1617-ID-801378670-ADNFCR

Source: Salespeak News

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