Types of Covering Letter

Types of Covering Letter - My Leeds Jobs

There are two main types of cover letter; targeted cover letters and speculative cover letters.

Speculative cover letters are used to apply for jobs which have not been advertised. As well as sending speculative cover letters to employers directly, you can also send them to recruitment agencies for example. The main aim of a speculative cover letter is to express your interest in working for particular firm (or sector if you are writing to a recruitment agency), but without necessarily referring to a specific job.

Targeted cover letters should be employed if there is a particular vacancy and you know the job you are applying for. Your cover letter therefore needs to be more targeted too, and specifically address the job in question. With targeted cover letters you should address the company contact by name on the letter (if you have the employers and name) rather than using a generic Dear Sir.

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