You don’t walk out of the house without your clothes on, so don’t apply for a job without a cover letter!
Why should I write a cover letter?
Many people believe that a cover letter is more important then the resume. A cover letter is the first thing an employer will see when you apply for a job. Your cover letter needs to be customised to each position you are applying for. It’s your chance to briefly explain to the employer why you want the job and what makes you suitable for it. Your cover letters are being read, the majority of employers DO want to see one on your job application, so even if they don’t ask for it include one anyway as this will give you a leg up on your competitors.
How long should my cover letter be?
Just like us, employers get bored too so it’s important to keep your cover letter short and to the point. Most employers recommended that your cover letter be around half a page to a page MAX.
Who do i address it to?
If the persons name isn’t in the job ad then addressing your cover letter in any of these three ways is fine:
- Dear Sir/Madam
- Dear Hiring Manager
- To whom it may concern
DON’T SAY HI
How should I lay out my cover letter?
Your first name last name
(Select one of the addressing options),
Paragraph 1 – Intro
Paragraph 2 – Body
Paragraph 3 – Conclusion
(Your first and last name)
What should I include in my cover letter?
We have already broken it down into three simple paragraphs, and here’s what each one should contain;
- state your name
- the job you’re applying for
- where you found the job
- how flexible you are/when you’re able to start
- briefly explain why you’re interested in the job and why you want to work for this particular company
- explain how your RELEVANT skills and/or experience make you suitable for the role (ADDRESS THE CRITERIA THAT HAS BEEN ASKED FOR IN THE JOB AD)
- Create a call to action
- Thank the employer for their time
Here’s an example;
I would appreciate the opportunity to further discuss my application for the (position listed) in an interview with you at your convenience. Please reach me on (number) or at (email address). Attached is a copy of my resume for your consideration. Thank you for reviewing my cover letter. Kind Regards,
One more thing when writing your cover PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE SPELLING AND GRAMMAR IS CORRECT! Most employers will discard cover letters that have grammatical mistakes.