Cover Letter Writing Tips Australia

By Kate Southam, CareerOne Editor

While it is not as long, a cover letter requires the same attention as preparing a curriculum vitae or resume.  

The role of your cover letter is to ensure your resume gets read. Job applications are scanned in seconds by a human eye or a piece of software. In both cases the reader is looking to see if your skills and experience match the criteria detailed in a job ad.

Your first step in writing a cover letter should be to go through the job ad and underline the key words used by the employer/recruiter. As long as you can back up your claims, try to use these words in your cover letter.

A cover letter should not regurgitate your CV. It should zero why you are a good match for the job role in just three or four paragraphs.

It’s also vital that your cover letter is tailored to each job you’re going for. If at all possible, personalise the letter using the relevant manager or recruitment consultant’s name. Place the name of recipient, their title, company name and address in the left hand corner.

Employers/recruiters hate to receive a formula letter – particularly when the applicant has forgotten to change the name from the last employer they applied to so triple check these details.

Use simple language and the same font and style as your resume. The experts recommend using a font that is easy to read such as 11 point Arial as well as A4 white paper for hard copies of your cover letter.

Include a date, your name and contact details so your cover letter and resume can be reunited if they get separated in the potential employer's office.

The opening paragraph should state the job you are going for and the fact you are confident you are suited to the role. For example, “I was interested to see your advertisement seeking a new customer service consultant as I believe my skills and experience are a good fit for the role.”

Paragraph two should tell the reader why he or she should be interested in you. It might read something like, “Please find a copy of my resume attached but of particular relevance is my x years experience in x and my qualifications in A,B,C.”

A third paragraph could be used to highlight a career achievement or two of particular relevance to the job. The last paragraph should bring the letter to a polite close. For example, “I hope to have an opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss how I could contribute to your team. Yours sincerely.”

Stress what you can do for the potential employer, not why their company would be good for your career.

It's vital that you check the letter for mistakes. Ask a friend or family member to proof read the letter before you email or post it. Sign hard copies.

You will also find sample cover letters in the Resume and Letters section of Career Advice.

Article from CareerOne.com.au


You may also want to read

Get Some Inspiration from Our Cover Letter Examples

This page provides some great cover letter examples, which may help you to write your own cover letter, or help you to consider using our professional cover letter writing services.

Best Cover Letter Template

The best cover letter template will follow our recommended cover letter layout, if you would like to create your own cover letter, we also suggest you check out10 Steps for writing a cover letter.

Your cover letter is like a professional sales proposal to market your skills, knowledge and experience in the best possible light. Your prospective employers want the cover letter to be tailored to the job advertisement they have open.

View our other  Cover Letter Examples:

Check out our Cover Letter tips within our Vault:

If you’re interested to know more about cover letters, here are some more useful links:

 

Best Cover Letter Templates

The best cover letter template will follow our recommended cover letter layout, if you would like to create your own cover letter, we also suggest you check out10 Steps for writing a cover letter.

Your cover letter is like a professional sales proposal to market your skills, knowledge and experience in the best possible light. Your prospective employers want and demand for the cover letter to be tailored to the job advertisement they have open.

 

Timely Tip – If you’re scouting around the web picking up ideas on how to write your cover letter, we’d strongly recommend that you dramatically change anything you copy from the Melbourne Resumes website, as there’s a good chance that other candidates have copied from exactly the same cover letter samples and resume templates.

You don’t want to come across as looking like every other candidate……so write in your own style or contact Melbourne Resumes on 1300 979 890 for quote.  Our cover letter writing services start from just $150 for a high quality professional cover letter.

Employers see it as a dead give away if you have just used a generic cover letter to send your resume in. It screams that you aren’t that interested, but you thought you better send in a job application, just in case.

Many candidates overlook the importance of the cover letter, and just send out one generic cover letter to every job they apply for. This is a big mistake that may be costing them dearly. Don’t be like the herd of people that are generally lazy!

You cover letter needs to be presented in the same format that your resume or CV is formatted. We suggest you use open block format and use a professional and narrative writing style.

Your opening statement should grab the attention of the reader immediately within the first sentence. It should speak to the reader and tell them exactly why you are the ideal person for the job.

It should address each of the criteria listed in the job advert or in the job description, so the recruiter and/or hiring manager can clearly see that you have taken the effort to articulate exactly why you are definitely worth an interview.

Finally, a great cover letter will ensure that your resume is not only read but read in the best possible context, draw attention to the most relevant parts of your resume and make it clear why you should be interviewed!

Take the time to tailor your cover letter, or have a professional cover letter written for you.

If the job is worth applying for, then it’s worth writing a letter to tell them why you believe you are the best candidate for the job.

 

Regular Price Today $150

Fill in the form and upload your current resume to start the process or make an enquiry:

One thought on “Cover Letter Writing Tips Australia

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *