I know that there have been many many threads on cover letters, but i guess another does no harm
Having finally written my CV, (which if someone who's had success with their could check, would also be great!) I want to write a cover letter...but haven't a clue where to start! I know it's common sense what to put, but I've never applied for a job in this way before, and I'm also applying speculatively, i.e. posting CV and cover letters to shops not necessarily for a specific job that's been advertised!
So, can anyone advise me on layout, content etc? Any hints, phrases and tips as to what to put, especially directed at the retail sector since I'm applying to work in shops rather than restaurants, etc.
Also, do I address/send the cover letter to the manager, and ring ahead to get their name?
Thanks in advance for help... and a little rep may go on offer to those who do as an incentive!