For applications that require additional research or teaching statements, there is no point repeating these points in a cover letter – here, one page is enough (brief personal introduction, delighted to apply, please find enclosed X, Y, Z documents).Other applications ask for a CV and a cover letter only, in which case the letter will need to be longer and require more detail.
In all cases it is important to use the space effectively and show that you can prioritise according to what they are looking for.
In all cases: Give quantifiable evidence of teaching, research and funding success where possible What is a Teaching Statement and Why Do You Need One?
Always take the opportunity to submit a cover letter if you are given the opportunity.
The cover letter gives you scope to showcase what interests and drives you, and your enthusiasm for an organisation and the role.
Be specific about why the position is particularly attractive for you, and back this up with evidence from your past, or by linking this to your overall career plans, and what you find exciting about this sector. Refer to the relevant skills, experience and knowledge you have and match what you say to the requirements outlined in the job description.
Tell your story and highlight key evidence so that you are building on, but not using exactly the same phrases contained in your CV.
Make sure you read our webpage on demonstrating you fit the job criteria for more advice.
Even if you think that this position is out of reach, your job is to convince the recruiter that you are qualified enough and able to do the job.
Academic cover letters vary in length, purpose, content and tone.
Each job application requires a new, distinct letter.