Writing Covering Letters

What Do You Need to Say?

A strong introduction to your CV is a great opportunity to give the reader a positive first impression of your application.

Job Application Format

If you are attaching a CV, make sure your covering letter is included in the email body rather than as a second attachment. In this format it is easier to read as a taster and at the same time as the attached CV itself.  Maxim prefers Word format to PDF so the CV can be formatted as required and most easily indexed for future database searching and retrieval.

Job Application Submission

Simple upload or email submission are the most common and the most desirable methods of submitting applications to construction recruitment agencies and to construction employers. Most companies prefer this method as it is easier and quicker to process and respond to the applications received.  

Check, Check and Check Again

Always triple check spelling, grammar and purpose of what you are writing before sending it out. Don't rush and ideally get someone else to check it too!

Job Title/Reference

Within a covering letter indicate the title or job reference to a particular job, role type or location you are applying for, or details explaining the particular section of construction you are most interested in. Just as people don’t like spam email, recruiters and employers respond better to personalised applications.

Job Source

Recruiters appreciate it if you mention the advert or referral source that prompted your application.

Be specific

You will reduce the likelihood of calls about positions you are not interested in if you provide clear indication of what you are and aren’t looking for in your covering letter. For example:

My preference is for a Senior Quantity Surveyor position with a civil engineering contractor in the London area. Although as my CV indicates, I have worked for a PQS practice for the past 5 years, I would not be interested in a further position as a PQS, or a role based in a rail environment as I am seeking a role with a civil engineering contractor.


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