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Covering letters

Your covering letter is the first thing an employer sees when you apply for a job, and it is important to make a good first impression. The employer will read your covering letter and form judgments about you as a person and your suitability for the job. Always send a CV with a covering letter.

Resources and advice on writing successful covering letters

Sending a good covering letter with a targeted CV (speculative application) to relevant employers, is a really effective way of convincing an employer to meet you and potentially create an opportunity for you.

Covering letter resource sheet

Our cover letters section on the Career Toolkit contains all the information you need to create a standout covering letter including:

  • covering letter essentials
  • what to include
  • examples for different work situations
  • standard covering letters
  • speculative covering letter
  • top tips.

Additional resources

Feedback on your covering letter

  • Use our careers services to get individual feedback on your covering letter.
  • Help with English language and grammar – PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) Leaders are trained students who can help with study and language skills. They can help with the English on CVs, covering letters and application forms. Find out more about PAL.

Get in touch with UWE Bristol Careers services

UWE Bristol Careers is here to assist you with your career goals. Please contact us if you need help or advice.

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