Cover Letters – Make a Good First Impression

A COVER LETTER is often the first thing an employer will look at when reviewing a job candidate. As everyone knows first impressions do count and while a good cover letter will not guarantee you get the job, a bad cover letter can certainly prevent you from getting one. For that reason it is important that you prepare a good cover letter to accompany your CV. Many job seekers are apprehensive about writing a cover letter but it doesn’t need to be such a daunting task. How to draft your Cover Letter The structure of the cover letter should be clear and easy to read. Insert your name, address, email and phone number at the top right hand side of the page. Place the employer’s details below that on the left hand side of the page. Enter the date immediately below the employer’s details on the left hand side. Next you should mention the job you are applying for. On a separate line write ‘Re:’ followed by the job title and the job reference number, if there is one. In the opening paragraph introduce yourself and clearly explain the opportunity you are interested in. The middle paragraph will briefly outline why you are a good candidate for the job. This will only involve mentioning two or three of your most impressive and relevant achievements and relating them to the position you are applying for. This could involve your academic achievements, a particular work project, skills you developed in a previous job, or even a personal achievement that emphasises a useful trait or characteristic. It can be helpful to include some of the key words used in the job description in this section of the cover letter as it will help make the connection in the employer’s mind between you and the job. In the closing paragraph restate your interest in the position, mention how much you believe you would excel in the role, and highlight your contact details again. Finish by saying how you look forward to hearing from them, thank them and sign off with ‘Yours Sincerely’ followed by your full name. Your Goal The purpose of a cover letter is to state your interest in the job, to express your desire to work for the company and to highlight the key skills/qualities that make you the ideal candidate for the job. A good cover letter will be short and to the point. Three to five short paragraphs should suffice and it should always be less than one page long. Each cover letter should be tailored specifically for each job application, highlighting your most relevant accomplishments for each opportunity. It is also important to refrain from restating everything from your CV in your cover letter. The cover letter should merely emphasise the most important elements of your CV and relate them to the position advertised. You need to ask yourself, what skills and experience do I possess that will be most useful in the job I am applying for? The answer to that question will determine the content of your cover letter. To download one of our sample cover letters from our website, please CLICK HERE Niall Murray General Manager Collins...

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Purdy Fitzgerald & Collins McNicholas urge SME sector to avail of Employment Law Guidance in Sligo & Limerick

Collins McNicholas & Purdy Fitzgerald Solicitors held two more Employment Law Breakfast Briefings on Thursday 13th February in the Radisson Blu Hotel Limerick and on Thursday 27th February in the Sligo Park Hotel. Both events were attended in large numbers by clients from across the regions within the multinational, Irish indigenous, SMEs and public sectors. Key note speaker at both events was Alastair Purdy, Partner in Purdy FitzGerald Solicitors who delivered a talk on recent updates in legislation and key areas of change to focus on over the next 12 months. Alistair emphasized the importance for small SMEs in particular to keep up to speed with any changes in employment...

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Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group announced as one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies!

Collins McNicholas was delighted to be awarded one of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards 2014 on Friday last, 7th March 2014. The company was also awarded a special commendation under the award criteria ‘Capability’. The symposium and awards ceremony was held at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin with over 700 guests in attendance. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Miriam O’Callaghan, RTE. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny was guest speaker. The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across the island of Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance. Commenting on the award, Niall Murray, General Manager, Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services said: “We are delighted to receive this Award. It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff who have helped build the business over the last 24 years. We would like to extend our thanks to all our clients and candidates for their loyalty over the years.” Former CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Frank Ryan, chaired the independent judging panel that took a holistic approach to measuring company performance, looking at strategy, capability, commitment, and management performance, in addition to financials. The Best Managed Companies Awards Programme is the only awards programme that considers a business’ performance from every perspective. Commenting, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, said: “It is great to see so many indigenous Irish companies achieving this best in class standard and a good sign we can achieve the aim of becoming the best small country in the world for business. Companies like the award-winners are...

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Thinking about changing your career?

Changing careers can be a daunting prospect. There are many challenges to overcome in order to successfully change careers. The challenges that have to be confronted often depend on a person’s circumstances and their motivation for seeking a career change. It may be due to dissatisfaction with your current career path or due to an unexpected redundancy. Redundancy presents its own difficulties and pressures. It can often mean a career change is forced on you as the industry you work in is in decline. Financial pressures can frequently lead to a decision to take the first job that comes your way without considering what is in your best interests in the long-term. If you are still in employment you will be under less pressure to find a job quickly, and can spend more time researching your options. No matter what the circumstances a careful and optimistic approach is needed to take advantage of the opportunities that are out there. Remember, most people will change jobs or professions a number of times throughout their careers, often moving between different industries. It is a trend that is becoming increasingly common. Although a career change is met by most people with great apprehension, it can also be viewed as an opportunity to find a more worthwhile, and fulfilling, occupation. Changing careers presents a lot more challenges than changing jobs, so before you make a decision about which career to move into, you need to consider a number of factors. The first step is to decide what new career you would like to embark upon. You should focus on where your talents lie,...

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