Back to Basics: How to Write a Cover Letter

how to write a cover letter
author profile picture

by Jessica Tabinor on

Many companies ask you to write a cover letter to accompany your CV when completing the initial stage of the recruitment process. A cover letter demonstrates your writing ability along with providing the recruiter or hiring manager the chance to find out a little more about you.

In the third episode of the Back to Basics series, Morson has put together 5 top tips to consider when writing your cover letter:


Similarly to when you’re researching the company for the interview stage, you need to do some research to be able to write your cover letter too. 

Take some time to look into the company values and how they work, but also re-read the job description and person specification to help you understand exactly what kind of person they are looking for. 


In theory, your cover letter should be formatted like a formal business letter. You should use easy to read fonts such as Ariel, Calibri or Verdana and keep the font size between 10 and 12. Ensure you use sufficient paragraphs to make it easy to read but be sure to keep it to one page or less. 

In terms of structure, this is totally up to you. However, a good place to start would be:

  • An introduction – a clear statement of who you are and the role you are applying for.
  • Your current situation – a brief description of what you are doing now and any skills that match the role you are applying for.
  • Why you want the job and why you should be hired – here you should sell yourself in the best way you can. Include your skills, qualities and anything else you think the hiring manager would be interested to hear.
  • Conclusion – to sign off your cover letter you should include a section that states information on how to reach you and when you’re available for an interview. Be sure to thank the recruiter or employer for their time and consideration at this stage. 


Check for spelling and grammatical errors in your cover letter before you send it off. A misspelt word could seriously diminish your chances of you securing the role that you are applying for. It’s always a good idea to get someone else to give it a once-over before you send it off to the recruiter or manager.


A cover letter must never be a summary of your CV, it should highlight the most relevant aspects of your CV and complement it. Make sure you keep it concise and focused. 


It’s up to you whether you decide to follow your cover letter up with a phone call or email. If you are, it’s always a good idea to state your intentions in the letter. 

In terms of sending your cover letter, if you are printing it out and posting it/handing it in, signing it by hand is always a nice touch. 

Morson has hundreds of great job opportunities available. Register your CV to begin your job search today. Or, for advice on how to write your CV, click here.

Cx Jobs

Infrastructure Test Analyst

Have you ever wondered how critical Infrastructure develop their software for cutting-edge markets across the UK?If you're sat at home on furlough or working from home and looking for more varied roles in an industry that is growing from strength-to-strength and is still growing during 2021 then this may be the role for you.We're looking for an Infrastructure Test Analyst to contribute to a wide range of projects including the first cloud infrastructure project working with the UK government.You will work closely with all project stakeholders. Working alongside a team of dedicated professionals, you will be driven to find better, faster, more effective ways of testing and value to the projects The teamwork very collaboratively and as apart of the team you will generate infrastructure testing documentation and planning.The business has also implemented a virtual onboarding process and has not furloughed/made redundant one person during the pandemic and have vowed to look after their people during these strange times.Key ResponsibilitiesManual / Automated testing to include: Non-functional, Functional and End-to-End Testing for Application, Infrastructure, Hardware and RegressionProduction of Test artefacts including but not limited to Test Plans, Test Scripts, Test Reports, Defect Management and ReportingEssential experience in but not limited to Windows Server 2019, Active Directory, SCOM, SCCM, VM WareExecution of both Manual and Automated Test ScriptsRequirements ManagementA clear understanding of multiple delivery methodologies such as Agile, V-Model & Waterfall.BenefitsDental, Health, Medical and Gym benefitsCycle to workTraining and Development courses, sponsored and fully fundedFlexible and remote working optionsA diverse selection of projects and internal movementA strong focus on promoting candidates from within25 days holidayBonus StructureAs a general role, you will receive an increased salary and package, this is offered based on skillYou must be eligible to gain an SC Clearance.To learn more about this Senior Tester please apply directly through the advert

Project Manager

Are you an experienced Project Manager? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you.Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established Civils and Groundworks contractor to assist them in their search for a new Project Manager. Our client is looking for someone who can demonstrate a background in Civils and Infrastructure projectsAs an experienced Manager your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Daily management of various civil projects within the portfolio of workLeading successful contract delivery, ensuring the site team are fully appraised of the contract parametersInvolvement of projects at all stages from Pre-Qualifying and tendering through to completionEnsuring contracts are executed in accordance with client requirementThe successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate:Background in a similar positionPrevious experience working within groundworks, deep drainage and, cut & fill works.Degree educated (or similar)Full UK Licence as travel to sites will be requiredAbility to work alone with minimal supervisionFor this our client is willing to offer a competitive salary along with a comprehensive package.If you would like more information, please apply or contact Jamie Nicholson using the below details

Project Manager

Morson have an exciting vacancy for a Project Manager based in Yeovil for one of our Aerospace Clients. Job DescriptionThe Project Manager is responsible for the successful delivery of the defined Project with authority and responsibility from the Programme Manager to run the project on a day-to-day basis.Key Job Accountabilities Include:The project manager is responsible for leading and managing the project team with responsibility and authority from the Programme Manager or Sponsor on a day-to-day basis. Delivering the project to schedule, cost and quality.Interfacing between the project and functional business areas to achieve the overall Project deliverables. Demonstrate good communication and encouragement across functional business areas, for change.Effective co-ordination of the project and the inter dependencies into the overall Programme or as an independent small project, including resolution or mitigation of any risks and issues arising during the project. Supported by the Programme Management office.Ensuring all activities are carried out in accordance with policies, and processes.Ensuring delivery of contract life cycle relevant to accountable project.Managing and production of the required deliverables proactively monitoring its progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action to achieve quality and schedule within budget.Planning, designing and monitoring the project, preparing any project plans as required. Please contact us for more information.

Visual Modeller

Our Client is developing a virtual aircraft maintenance trainer at its Dalgety Bay facility in Fife. The software solution exploits an existing in-house product capability called VoRTEX (Virtual Reality Training Executive). The VoRTEX core software provides the virtual environment, state store and rule set that govern how the user interacts with the platform virtual model. To run with the VoRTEX core, the project is creating the specific behaviour and 3D visual models for the relevant aircraft systems.The role will primarily focus on creating real-time textured 3D objects to be incorporated into a highly detailed aircraft with opening panels and removable parts. The source data will usually comprise very high polygon count CAD files that need to be optimised then textured. This will mostly be done manually because automated tools usually create unacceptable artefacts. Some objects will be created from photographs and measurements only. Applicants with full-time experience creating 3D assets for games or military simulators will have an advantage. The applicant should provide a portfolio or examples of work. Skills (essential):3D Modelling and texturing/shading of real time assets based on real world reference materials;Ensuring that all models produced are optimised for performance, taking into consideration the limitations of the target system;Ability to work in a team setting, working to deadlines and time constraints. Skills (desirable):Understanding of baking textures, generating specular / normal maps and physically based shading;Pro-actively contributes to improvement of production pipeline;General knowledge of rigging, lighting, animation and rendering techniques;Can develop MEL / Maxscript tools;Traditional art drawing skills;Knowledge and experience of using JIRA for task management. Tools (essential):3D Modelling - Autodesk Maya preferred, also 3DS Max (pure CAD software experience is unsuitable);Texturing - Adobe Photoshop CC expertise. Tools (desirable):Texturing - 3D painting software experience is useful;Game Engine - Unity 3D preferred, also Unreal Engine.

Austin Distel Va Opp86kf Q Unsplash