Careers Service

Do I have to submit a cover letter every time I apply for a job with a CV?

It is always recommended that you do submit a cover letter with a job application, even if it does not state that a cover letter is required.

The letter is an ‘introduction’ of yourself, your career path, highlights, key skills, and experiences appropriate to the role. This allows you to indicate that you have noted your professional growth, undertaken research on the post, and understand how you fit in with the job role, specification, and the workplace you are applying to.

You can also chat with our staff directly every Wednesday from 2 pm - 4 pm and periodically throughout the working week.

Alternatively, chat with our current students who will be able to share this information with you and any other course-related queries.

Or book onto one of our Open Days or Course Advice Days to find out more and speak with the team.

Unless the job advert specifically specifies not to include a cover letter, we strongly suggest that you do include one.

The Careers Service can support this. Please see our employability and careers page for self-service resources, or if you would like to book an appointment please contact one of our Employability Team today on 01204 903 080 or on

We are proud at the University of Bolton to have a dedicated employability team, to support your career ambitions.

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