What is a Cover Letter?
A cover letter is a document sent alongside your CV when applying for jobs. It acts as a personal introduction and helps to sell your application. A cover letter is necessary as it gives you the chance to explain to an employer why you’re the best candidate for the job. You do this by highlighting relevant skills and experience; therefore you should always write your cover letter with the position you’re applying for in mind.
How to create a Cover Letter?
Keep your cover letter brief, while making sure it emphasises your suitability for the job. It can be broken down into the following sections:
How to address a Cover Letter?
Always try and address your cover letter directly to the person who will be reading it. Bear in mind that you’re more likely to receive a reply if you send it to the right person.
Advertised positions usually include a contact name, but if not, it is worth taking the time to find out who the letter should be addressed to. You can do this by searching the company’s website for details of the hiring manager or alternatively you could call the organisation to ask who you should address your letter to. Don’t be afraid to do this, many employers appreciate you taking the time and initiative to do so.
If you’re struggling to find a named contact you can use a general greeting such as:
However, general greetings should only be used once you have exhausted methods of finding a named contact.
How you sign off your cover letter depends on how you addressed it. If you include a named contact, sign off ‘yours sincerely’. If you use a general greeting, finish with ‘yours faithfully’.
5 tips for the perfect Cover Letter
Extracts taken from Prospects: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/cover-letters
If you’re considering a career in education this blog post’s for you. Whether you’re thinking of applying for a PGCE, already undertaking initial teacher training or thinking about forging a career in Higher Education, Further Education or any other education-related role here are our top resources for exploring your options and finding our more about a career in education.
Get information and support to help you become a teacher Get Into Teaching
Explore Teacher Training & Education related careers on Prospects.ac.uk
Find a Teaching Job (for trainee teachers)
Current education and teaching vacancies within the Liverpool City Region
Study at Hope postgraduate taught degree courses includes PGCE and PGDE options
Education Alternatives information about education-related careers other than teaching in mainstream schools. It is a particularly useful resource for students and recent graduates drawn towards an educational role but not sure that mainstream teaching is for them or trainee and qualified teachers seeking to move to a different role in education.
We’re also running a series of events for Hope trainee teachers in January/February – keep an eye on communication from your academics for more details.
Welcome back students!
Now, we know 2021 has not gone according plan already, but that should not stop you from making some New Year GOALS and taking full control of your career.
Graduation maybe round the corner for some of you, or it may be couple of years away, but one thing is for certain no matter when you Graduate you will want to get a JOB.
Why am I telling this your wondering? Well, I wanted to introduce you to the team that can make your employability journey an exciting one!
At Liverpool Hope University we have some of the best careers advisers across the HE Sector and some of the most experience staff. We can help you apply for jobs, give you information on placements, get you working on campus, we can check over your CV, give you hints and tips for interviews or applications. There is so much that the Careers Team at Liverpool Hope University can offer you and it starts with you getting in touch – email@example.com.
So, do not be shy. Drop us an email and see how we can help improve your career journey! (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Check out the careers team today – https://www.abintegro.com/u/zb7optig
Firstly, Congratulations! We were sadly unable to personally congratulate graduates during a week of ceremonies in July, but we at Hope still celebrate your achievements and wish you the very best for your future!
Your relationship with Hope does not end now you’ve got your well-earned degree certificate. All graduates automatically become members of the Hope Alumni Association, which keeps you connected with the Hope community. We’ll send regular email bulletins advertising workshops, job opportunities, conferences and events. And we’d love to hear from you. Let us know what you’re doing by emailing email@example.com.
Can we help you?
You have full access to the Careers & Employability Team for three years after you graduate, including the use of My Careers Centre (MCC) with its jobs board exclusive to Hope students and alumni. You will also find CV writing and interview tips, webinars and guest lectures. If you haven’t yet set up access to MCC, click reset password, then enter your University email address. You can also book a virtual appointment with one of our careers advisers, you’ll find the link on MCC.
Can you help us?
Our alumni are our greatest ambassadors and by sharing your skills and expertise you can make a real difference to the experiences and employability of our students and recent graduates. By volunteering to mentor a current student, write a career case study or deliver a careers talk to students you will be sharing your experience and advice to inspire others and helping them reach their full potential whilst developing your own personal and professional skills. If you would be interested in becoming involved and supporting students please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Useful links for graduates
Network with fellow alumni
The Liverpool Hope University Alumni LinkedIn group is a growing network of former students. Join today and take advantage of the hundreds of members who may be able to give great advice from personal experience: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3686858/
While it’s currently paused due to Covid-19 restrictions, Alumni can apply for a special membership of the Sheppard-Worlock Library for a yearly fee: https://www.hope.ac.uk/library/accessforexternalusers/alumni/
Certificates and transcripts
If you need an additional or replacement copy of your certificate or transcript, or require one to be sent directly to an employer you can request this from the Student Administration team. Find out how here: https://www.hope.ac.uk/gateway/students/studentadministration/certificatestranscripts/paststudents/
Wishing you the best of luck in whatever you do!
The Alumni Office
Well, we have all heard it before, from teachers, parents, lecturers those words “you need to gain work experience” – It actually is really vital to your future employment opportunities. I know it sounds like the last thing you want to do whilst studying for your three-year degree, I know I’ve been there. You just want to make it through these three crazy years and graduate. Well, you could do that, just “get by” or you could actually listen to those parents and teachers and believe that if you find work experience you will be the best person for the job, once you have your degree.
Having a degree is great but having the added bonus of work experience is even better. Why I hear you ask, well … according to UCAS “a recent survey showed two thirds of employers look for graduates with relevant work experience because it helps them prepare for work and develop general business awareness. Importantly, one third of employers felt that applicants did not have a satisfactory level of knowledge about their chosen career or job.”
The article goes onto say “to gain a better understanding of a career, organise some work experience for a few days, shadowing with an employer. It may not give you time to develop job specific skills, but it will give you and insight to work. It also shows you have motivation and commitment.”
Let me give you some stats to prove – According to the Independent, “Leading employers value work experience among graduates more than grades or the university they have been to, according to new research. Figures show that 58 per cent of employers rated work experience as THE MOST POPULAR QUALIFICATION AMONG THOSE PRESENTED. With Student personality coming second, with 48 per cent.
I know its valuable to find work experience, as I am living proof that it is. I was a Hope Student myself and gained work experience whilst studying my degree. This not only helped my CV stand out from the others, but it also benefitted me and my work at university. From doing work experience in a large media department at a Football Club motivated me to realise I needed to up my game in uni as well as outside of university.
Work experience opened my eyes to how competitive the job market is. That is why I’m writing this blog today! We are all having a crazy year, but let this be the chance to motivate you, to want to do better, to believe you can do better.
At Hope we have the best and most relatable careers team. You can speak to anyone from the team and I am sure we will have been in your position and felt how you are feeling at some point in our careers.
Check out the latest opportunities on My Careers Centre https://mycareerscentre.page.link/myjobs
By Rebecca McCoy (Hope Graduate now a Placement Officer for Liverpool Hope University)
The competition has just launched to find 2021’s Future Legal Mind.
A search for the most promising legal talent of 2021 is now underway.
The Future Legal Mind Award is run annually by National Accident Helpline to find the UK’s brightest legal prospect.
Now in its seventh year, the competition is open to law students and to legal trainees who are within the first two years of their careers.
This year’s winner will receive a £2,000 prize fund to support their career development and will take part in mentoring with experienced lawyers from the National Accident Helpline team.
Jonathan White, Legal Director of National Accident Helpline, said: “Running this competition shows us, year after year, that there are so many talented people across the UK pursuing careers in law, which is great news for the sector.
“Each year, we look forward to finding and championing that standout individual who shows us they’ve got what it takes to go far in the legal world.
“We’re always pleased and proud to see our past winners and finalists going on to make their mark in different areas of the law – and we look forward to finding this year’s most talented and promising lawyer-to-be.”
The winner of Future Legal Mind 2020 was Joseph Kelen, then a University of Cambridge student, who is now studying the Bar Vocational Course at The City Law School in London.
Joseph said: “Entering Future Legal Mind is great advocacy experience and great fun.
“It presents exactly the sort of challenge – advocating for a change in the law and for yourself, in a short amount of time and in plain, simple terms – that I definitely hadn’t had many opportunities to do before.”
To enter Future Legal Mind 2021, students and trainees are invited to write an essay response to a question about their legal passions and which area of the law they would like to see reformed.
The full essay question can be found at https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/news/future-legal-mind
Essays must be submitted by midnight on Friday 26th February 2021 and will be reviewed by a panel, who will whittle the entries down to a shortlist of 10 people.
The shortlist of 10 will each be asked to submit a smartphone video to support their written entry, and the competition judges will review the essays and videos to decide who will be named Future Legal Mind 2021.