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Malta Careers
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A cover letter or covering letter or motivation letter or motivational letter is a letter of introduction attached to, or accompanying another document such as a résumé or curriculum vitae.

The covering letter is the principal way in which you can demonstrate your understanding of the employing organisation and how you relate to its values, ethos and aspirations. While your CV sets out the skills you have for the post, your covering letter more explicitly presents your motivation and adaptability.

A covering letter should:

  • Demonstrate to the employer your interest in and knowledge of the company;
  • Highlight particular parts of your CV that are your unique selling points;
  • Draw attention to additional info that does not fit easily into a CV;
  • Explain any personal circumstances or anomalies in your application.

Well-written covering letters are also particularly effective for speculative applications outside a recruitment cycle.

Your CV should always be accompanied by a covering letter.

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