If you do not know the name of the person you should address this to, do some digging on LinkedIn. Find out who would be your manager, failing that, find the name of their HR Manager or Recruitment Manager (make sure they are the head of the department!). Failing that, simply put “[Company Name] Recruitment Team”.
In your covering letter itself, talk about how you have been interested in that such role for a while, how you think your skills are matched to it and that you will be able to do a great job if given the opportunity.
Back this up with some examples of your previous accomplishments, these can be extensions of the ‘Responsibilities’ you put in Section 4 – Work Experience.
Finally, finish your letter by being complimentary about the company. Are they a world leader, a prestigious company or just one that has a great reputation for working for? Tell them! “It would be a huge privilege to work for a world leader in…”
If you own a car and have a clean driving license, tell them and follow it up with you are able to interview at any time and you look forward to hearing from them.
Finish it with “Yours Sincerely” (if you know the name of the person you’re addressing) or “Yours Faithfully” (if you don’t know their name).
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