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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-08-07

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Liverpool candidates most proactive when it comes to cover letters

NEW research from the UK's leading independent job board, CV-Library, has found that job hunters in Liverpool are some of the most positive about providing cover letters with their job applications, with 60.8% believing that doing so can boost their chances of getting the job.

The research, which surveyed 1,200 workers about their attitudes towards cover letters in the job application process, and found that 61.2% of candidates in Liverpool always tailor their cover letters, far higher than the national average of 56%. Other key findings include:-

► The majority of Liverpool's job hunters, 51%, think cover letters are necessary.

► 58% stating that they don't find it frustrating when they have to tailor their cover letter.

► 33.3% feel they're not very good at writing cover letters, and 14.3% believe their CV should be enough.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library , comments:- "While there continues to be a debate around how necessary cover letters are in the job application process, they're showing no signs of disappearing anytime soon! It's positive to see that job hunters in Liverpool are recognising how including a cover letter with an application is beneficial, and while it might seem like a tedious task, it can boost your chances of getting a new job. In fact, while CVs are great for an overview of work experience, cover letters can act as an extra platform to shout about your successes. Therefore, try to avoid viewing it as an extra annoyance and instead see it as an opportunity to talk about your relevant experience, any particular career highlights, and what you can bring to the table in this new role."

In addition, a staggering 92.2% stated that they would always apply for a job and include a cover letter for roles that required them, with 34.5% believing that including a cover letter makes your application more personal to the recruiter. Furthermore, 20.7% said it enables you to give relevant examples of your skills, while 6.9% say that it doesn't take long to do.

Biggins concludes:- "If you're currently applying for new roles, try and draft a cover letter that is short, concise and avoid using clich?phrases for the sake of it. There's also an opportunity to be creative with what you're producing, and including bullet points and numbers can help to break up the text. Remember: recruiters are busy people, and this 20 to 30 seconds that they spend glancing over your CV and cover letter is an extremely important window!"

For more information on writing an outstanding cover letter, visit:- CV-Library.Co.UK


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