Your cover letter is like a professional sales proposal. You use it to support your resume and to demonstrate how your skills, knowledge and experience are the best match for a position. If you’re applying to a job advertisement, it should be tailored to the requirements contained in the ad. If you’re making a speculative application, it will vary according to the nature of the organisation and the industry you’re applying to.
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Example of a cover letter
|Address your letter to the name given on the job ad. If a name isn’t supplied, call the company and ask to whom you should address the application.|
Organisation / Company
|Address the person by name, rather than “Dear Sir/Madam” etc|
|Explain why you are writing. Name the position you are applying for and where you saw it advertised.|
Please accept my application for [position] as advertised on [xx].
|Explain why you are qualified for the position and what you have to offer. Show how your experience and/or transferable skills make you ideal for the role, using examples to draw parallels between the requirements listed and your proven abilities. Highlight parts of your resume and show how they are relevant to the position. Mention your most important qualifications. Keep the text reader-friendly – do not make it too long, and split out if necessary into paragraphs or lists.|
An experienced [profession], I am currently working as [role title] with [company]. I have [number] years’ experience in [profession or work area]. I have a [bachelor/diploma etc] of [study area] from [university], specialising in [study area]. [Provide information relating to the job/company/your situation].
|If the job ad lists selection criteria, explain how your skills and experience meet the criteria. If a job asks you to address selection criteria separately, this can go in a separate document.|
[Selection Criteria 1 response] etc
|Explain why you would like to work for the company, which will show you have researched the company and demonstrate you are interested in them and understand what they do. Describe what you think you would bring to the company.|
I am keen to apply my [strengths] to this position at [company name] and believe my knowledge, skills and experience will be an asset in this role.
|Provide practical information such as notice period, availability for interview etc.|
My resume, outlining my various skills and experience, is attached. I would be pleased to attend an interview to discuss my application and can be contacted at the above address or telephone number to arrange a time.
|Thank the recipient for their attention, and specify if you intend to follow up.|
Thank you for considering my application, I look forward to hearing from you shortly.