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This is how we decide whether to progress your application.

Your covering letter is your chance to tell us why you are interested in the position and how your skills, experience, and qualifications make you a good fit. It also gives us the chance to get to know you better and learn more about your background and enthusiasm for the job.

A good covering letter:

  • Tells us why you are interested in the role you are applying for at Ossila
  • Makes it clear that you have read the advert and know a little about us
  • Summarises your CV including your work experience and education history
  • Highlights how you meet the job requirements, using examples where appropiate
  • Demonstrates soft-skills like communication, organisation, and time-management
  • Lets us know about your availability should we progress with your application
  • Uses a professional tone and is free from spelling and grammar mistakes

We recommend writing 400-600 words. It is generally a good idea to keep your covering letter concise, but if you write too little, we won't know enough about you to move on to the next step.

Why do we not ask for a CV?

We use covering letters to screen job applicants and find the best candidates. We can learn a lot from a good CV, but some things inevitably get lost when you reduce your professional history to a series of bullet point lists. What about the role description stood out to you? Which parts of your experience do you think are most relevant to the position? Which of your achievements you are most proud about? Why do you think you are the most suitable person for the role, what can you bring to the role, and what do you hope to gain from working at Ossila?

Covering letters also demonstrate that you understand the job description and are enthusiastic about the role. This helps us to filter out one-click applications, which bury serious candidates, and can be a huge drain on our limited time and resources.

If you're proud of your CV, don't worry. If we like your covering letter, we will contact you to ask for a copy!

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