The first impression you make on a prospective employer is likely to be through the quality of your writing in the covering letter and the CV (curriculum vitae) that you send. Writing Tip Your covering letter and your CV must be grammatically accurate and written in an appropriate style. Spelling and punctuation errors, in particular, are likely to have an immediate negative impact on your application. Covering letters and CVs should contain the information below, but should also be as brief and relevant as possible. The words you use should be precise and accurate. A covering letter states what position you are applying for, why you are interested in this type of work, how your skills match the job requirements, and when you are available for interview. A CV describes your education, qualifications, work experience and skills, and is normally tailored to the post for which you are applying. In most CVs, subheadings on work experience and skills are followed by short explanatory texts. Danger Zone Over-using capital letters Having graduated with a BSc in Finance from the University of Hull, I am keen to apply not only the Specialist Knowledge I have acquired in Accountancy and Statistics, but also the Communication and Presentation Skills developed throughout my University Studies. Having graduated with a BSc in Finance from the University of Hull, I am keen to apply not only the specialist knowledge I have acquired in accountancy and statistics, but also the communication and presentation skills developed throughout my university studies.
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