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You may wonder why you should write a covering letter when your CV provides detailed information about you and your career, education and achievements to date. To not write one would pass up the opportunity to sell yourself, personalise your application and create a good first impression.
A well written covering letter will make you stand out from the crowd and will make the employer want to spend more time reading your CV. This is vitally important, particularly where there may be many applications for the same job.
Research the company and study the job profile so you fully understand the role. This will help you convey how your skills and experience match the role. It may also be appropriate to include the reasons why you like the company and want to work for them.
Your name and contact details, the name and job title of the recipient, company name and address and date
A formal salutation
The subject matter to include the job title you are applying for and any reference number provided