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

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

When posting a CV to a potential Reading employer should you always have a covering letter too? What should this contain? We at AllReadingJobs want to help you in improving your chances of getting that good job so here is our recommendations on covering letters.


Should you always include a covering letter?


Simple answer, YES!

A CV will tell a potential Reading employer of your career history, education etc but not why you are applying for their role with their business. It also gives your CV a personal touch which demonstrates to the company that you have made a particular effort to apply.

So what do you say to aid you in securing that job and making sure you stand out from the crowd?

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



  • If the name of the receiver of the CVs is contained in the advert then make ensure you address it to them. For example, you might find ‘please apply to Mr Fred Bloggs, Reading branch’ at the bottom of the advert

  • If it is not on the advert then contact the business and ask for a name to address it to as it shows an extra effort. If their 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 do not know the name)

  • We would recommend do this also when applying to one of Reading recruitment agencies as they also will need to feel that you are suitable.


Secondly, bear in mind that you are putting your best foot forward in particular relation to the job for which you are applying. The things you might want to include are:



  • State that you are attaching your CV for their reference for the Reading opportunity advertised.

  • Express interest in the Reading position

  • State briefly what you have been doing with your working life

  • Mention the skills you feel you have and how you could apply them to this vacancy

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


Try to be honest and passionate. Think about why you are applying, there must be reasons you think that you can do the job so explain that to them. A excellent covering letter might be more important than the CV itself especially 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 amend your covering letter for each job to which you apply so that it remains relevant and strong. Note: organisations such as Reading Borough Council / Berkshire County Council jobs and University of Reading / Thames Valley University jobs may not require covering letters as they have extensive online forms.


Best of luck with your job hunt.


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