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Note the formal letter structure. If possible, always address your letter to a named contact and include “Yours Sincerely” before your signature. If the employer will only give you a job title, “Graduate Recruitment Manager”, you can addresss your letter, “Dear Sir/Madam,” and include “Yours Faithfully” before your signature.

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Siobhan states clearly the role she is applying for, where she saw it advertised and her current situation.

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In this paragraph the candidate communicates why she would like to work for this organisation

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Siobhan picks out elements that are particularly attractive to her and shows she has looked in depth at what is on offer.

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Siobhan shows that her general outlook and philosophy is in line with that of the organisation – developing and growing new skills.

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In this paragraph the candidate demonstrates some of the key transferrable skills she possesses.

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Motivation is a keyword from the job description. “as can be seen” sign posts” the employer to sections of the candidates CV.

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This one example covers confidence, decision making, working with children, working independently and collaborating in teams.

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Siobhan is further demonstrating her commitment to progression and developing new skills.

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It is important to show how you “stand out from the crowd” in a job application and Siobhan emphasises this here.

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It is not a disadvantage to state when you are available to start work. Employers appreciate this information and will often work with a good candidate to accommodate pre-arranged plans.

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This phrase sets up the expectation of some action. Avoid sounding too over confident though.