Covering letters make all the difference between being successful in your job application or not. Although cover letters aren’t normally read in the first candidate selection process, they are normally read when the candidate gets shortlisted. Our advice will be to include a cover letter so as not to waste an opportunity to showcase your ability and professionalism. We would also recommend submitting a cover letter even if the job specification doesn’t require one. A cover letter isn’t a replica of your CV; instead it’s a window from which you can demonstrate your reporting skills, communicating ability and a letter of achievements in your professional career.Try not to mention salary in the cover letter, but if the job advert requests your expected salary, mention it as a range amount, between (£000 – £000) rather than a single figure of £18k.