Cover Letters

Your cover letter can be a one or two document that forms part of your job application. The only time a cover letter should not be included is when a job advertisement states not to add one. At all other times, you should include a cover letter that knocks the hiring manager’s socks off.

Why you need a cover letter

The purpose of your cover letter is to introduce you to the hiring manager, mention the job (or kind of job) you’re applying for (or looking for), convey quickly and precisely how your skills and experiences match the required by the job correctly. Your cover letter needs to encourage the reader to read your resume and compel them to act in your favour by offering an interview or asking to meet with you.

Why you need to match your cover letter to the job

Your cover letter needs to communicate that you know and understand the job requirements and that you have the relevant skills, experience and qualification the employer requires to do the job successfully. You should always tailor the cover letter for each job application. To do this, you need to be as specific as to how your skills and qualities match the job or organisation’s needs. Tell them why you are right for the job.

What you shouldn’t include in your cover letter

Just as important as the things you should include in your cover letter are the things that should never be in your cover letter. Watch out for some of these things.

Typos or mistakes

Always spellcheck your cover letter and get someone else to read it and point out any errors or confusing things. If you mention a company’s name, make sure you get it right. If you specify places you’ve worked before, make sure you get their names right too. Double-check everything in your cover letter. Mistakes in your cover letters can be worse than typos. Try to make sure that you do not fill your cover letter with things like “I believe”, “I have” or “I am”.  Once you have written your cover letter, read over it and try to take out or rewrite as many sentences that start with “I” as you can.

Don’t mention your other job applications

You will have more than one job application on the go at any one time. It’s important not to mention other job applications. You want to convince people that you want the job. It’s hard to do that if they know, you are looking for other jobs as well. Most people will assume that you are applying for more than one job at a time, but it is a good idea to act like you are not.

Be brave and send a “cold calling” cover letter

Sometimes you might want to work for someone even though there have not advertised any jobs. Be brave and contact a business directly to ask if there are any jobs available. This can show that you are highly motivated and enthusiastic. It could even get you a job. Also if there’s no job currently available, there is a chance the business could keep your details on file and get in touch when a position does become available. For more help with cover letters, please call CVCo on 0416 151 205 or send us a message.

Shaun Michels

Shaun Michels

Professional Resumes Writer

Shaun is a professional resume writer, career coach, husband and dad – but not always in that order. With over 20+ years of experience in HR, general and operations management, Shaun shares a wealth of knowledge about recruitment and HR practices with clients, and how it applies to a today’s job market. His mission is to help clients get more interviews and hopefully the role they want. He is a trusted career coach to many clients, from blue collar workers to senior executives and professionals. He always asks clients one question, “Does your resume work?”

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