An impressive cover letter can make a huge difference. It is important to create a new cover letter for each application you submit so that you have information that is only relevant to the job included on it.
Sample cover letter
Dear Sir/ Madam
Re: Guardian job ad
I am writing to apply for the position of Youth Sports Counsellor as advertised in The Irish Times. I feel that this is an ideal job for me given my enthusiasm for working with children and my related experience in sports and youth positions.
Working with children has always been important for me, which is why I have developed my career through a diverse range of youth leader positions, from children’s camp to teacher’s assistant. I particularly enjoy positions in which I have an opportunity to spend time with youth outdoors, getting them involved in a diverse range of activities and sports. As you can see from my CV, I have taken my degree in Sports Science and concentrated on the study of child health and fitness.
I am currently a part time youth leader with the Craic Club, a non-profit organisation that aims to give young people somewhere to study, take part in sports and socialise after school hours.
In my position, I work directly with young people (aged 12-20) encouraging them to try new activities and stay fit. I am also responsible for the outreach to youth organisations and getting more youth involved in Craic Club.
I am keen to take this opportunity to develop my career within the youth sector whilst continuing to use my experience and knowledge of Sports and Fitness.
Please find my CV attached. I look forward to hearing from you.
Editor’s note: If addressing your letter to someone whose name you know, it is best to sign off as ‘Yours sincerely’.
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