How To Write A Cover Letter

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Learn what a cover letter is, how to write a cover letter and what to include in a cover letter when applying for a job.

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter adds context to your CV and allows you to give more details about your skills and experience for the job you are applying for. You should write a cover letter for each job you apply for. Or, if the job roles are similar, write a cover letter template and tailor it to fit each job.

How to address a cover letter

The cover letter should address the person who is reading it. If you know the name of the person who’s hiring for the position, use their first name. For example, if the person hiring has advertised the role on Facebook with their personal Facebook account, you’ll know their first name.

You’re more likely for your application to be read and receive a reply if you send it to and address the right person.

If you can’t find the name of the person hiring, can use a general greeting such as:

  • Dear Sir/Madam
  • Dear Hiring manager
  • Dear Company Name


Only address a cover letter using a general greeting if you’re unable to find the name of the person who’s in charge of hiring for the job role.

How long should a cover letter be?

A cover letter should be one page of A4 paper long. On average, the word count for a cover letter should be between 250 and 400 words long.

Your cover letter should be clear and concise and help sell you as a great candidate for the job role being advertised.

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