Career Centre

Cover letters

Cover letters are important as they should accompany your resume and essentially make the reader want to learn more about you via your resume.  It provides the employer with an insight into you as a potential employee and your motivation and suitability for the particular role.   It should demonstrate that you understand the job requirements and are a potential candidate for the position.

 

The cover letter, together with the resume, are the key documents that secure you an interview.  It is therefore essential that you submit a quality document to make sure you have the best chance of success.

 

Our career coaches are professional members of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), a national organisation of professionals in the career development industry which ensures that our services meet the highest professional standards

 

Our Career Centre staff can help you write your cover letter.  Please contact us for more information and pricing.

 

 

 

Here are some useful tips to help you write your own cover letter.

 

  • The cover letter should be written specifically for the job you are applying for.  Don’t write one cover letter and send it to all potential employers.
  • Don’t rewrite your resume in your cover letter, but do draw attention to your most relevant and important achievements. Do this in the body of your letter to support the 3 main points you want to communicate.
  • Ensure your letter is addressed to the relevant person.
  • Aim to write approximately one page – around 4 or 5 paragraphs.
  • Highlight your skills and experience as well as your relevant achievements.
  • Clearly state how your skills and experience fit the job and how you can add value to the company.
  • Write in a positive and professional tone.
  • Your cover letter should be error free.
  • Cover letters should be typed and well presented on plain white A4 paper.
  • Keep font sizes between 10 and 12 point.
  • Re-read your cover letter several times to ensure it is clear and and reflects the message you want to send.
  • Proofread your letter for any errors.

 

Common cover letter mistakes to avoid

– forgetting to include a cover letter with a resume!

– having mistakes or grammatical errors

– not tailoring the cover letter for the particular position being applied for

– failing to quote the job title or reference number

– using the wrong style, tone or language

– making the cover letter too lengthy

– using slang, colloquialisms or acronyms

 

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Our Career Centre staff can help you write your Cover Letter.  Please contact us for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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