Writing a cover letter

Whether they are emailed or sent by post, most job applications need a cover letter. Many employers are very busy, so your cover letter needs to be clear and concise. It’s the first impression you’ll make on your prospective employer, so it’s really important.

It is often best to write your cover letter after you have put together all the other elements of your job application.

Some key tips for writing a good cover letter

  • Keep your letter no longer than one page
  • Focus on what the employer wants to know
  • Mention the position you are applying for
  • Mention where or how you heard about the position
  • Convince the employer that you’ll be able to do a great job (with your qualifications, skills, abilities and experience)
  • Convince the employer that you’ll fit in and be an asset to their organisation (because of your great personal qualities)
  • Convince the employer why you should be selected for an interview
  • Mention any attachments such as your résumé, selection criteria documents, copies of certificates or licences etc.
  • Tell the employer how you can be contacted to schedule an interview
  • Thank the employer for taking the time to review your application.

For advice on how to set out your letter, go to our Writing to a potential employer page.

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