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Covering Letter hints and tips for when applying for jobs in Plymouth

Covering Letter hints and tips for when applying for jobs in Plymouth

When posting a CV to a prospective Plymouth employer should you always include a covering letter too? What should it contain? We at AllPlymouthJobs want to assist you in improving your chances of getting that great job so here is our hints and tips on covering letters.


Should you always include a covering letter?


Easy answer, YES!

A CV will tell a prospective Plymouth employer of your work history, education etc but not why you are applying for their opening with their company. It also provides your CV a personal touch which shows to the business that you have made a particular effort to apply.

So what do you say to help you in getting that job and ensuring you stand out from the crowd?

Firstly, remember that you are presenting yourself to a professional person and your covering letter should reflect this:



  • If the name of the person you are sending the CV to is in the advert then make sure you address it to them. For example, you might find ‘please apply to Mr John Smith, Plymouth branch’ at the bottom of the ad

  • If it is not on the advert then telephone the business and request for a name to address it to as it shows an extra effort. If the name is still not available then address it ‘Dear Sir/Madam’

  • Remember to finish with ‘Kind Regards’, ‘Yours Sincerely’ (if it’s to a named person) or ‘Yours Faithfully’ (if you have not been able to find out the name)

  • It is advisable to do this also when applying to one of Plymouth recruitment agencies as they also will need to think that you are suitable.


Secondly, bear in mind that you are selling yourself in particular relation to the job for which you are applying. The things you might want to include are:



  • Explain that you are attaching your CV for their reference for the Plymouth opening advertised.

  • Express interest in the Plymouth position

  • Explain briefly what you have been doing with career

  • Indicate the skills you are of the opinion you have and how you could apply them to this opening

  • Finally, State that you would be pleased to discuss this further if they would be kind enough to invite you to interview.


Endeavour to be honest and passionate. Consider why you are applying, there must be reasons you consider that would be suitable for the job so explain that to them. A ideal covering letter can be more important than the CV itself particularly if you don’t have exactly the wanted skills or experience but think that you can make up for it in others ways.

Remember to alter your covering letter for each job to which you apply so that it remains pertinent and strong. Note: organisations such as Plymouth City Council / Devon County Council jobs and City College Plymouth / Plymouth College jobs may not require covering letters as they have extensive online forms.


Best of luck with your job hunt.


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