Writing cover letters – how to get started

Written by Lucy Randall

If you find writing a cover letter intimidating, you are not alone. At the carecareers Careers Centre, we often speak to callers who find making the first steps very difficult.

There’s no reason to let writing a cover letter scare you away from making applications. The best advice I’ve been given is to approach a cover letter like an answer to a question: irrelevant information will not attract your employer. Always be direct and always write a new cover letter for each application – we recommend changing your resume for each new position also. Every decent application does take time.

How do I start?