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How to write an unforgettable cover letter

Many job applications require their candidates to write a cover letter, this is a great opportunity to speak directly to a potential employer. Unfortunately, many people do not do this properly or skip the process entirely because they simply do not know what to say.

Tips & tricks

To ensure your cover letter is professional and well read it is important to remember a few tips and tricks:

  • Always include your full name and contact details at the top of the letter.
  • Address the cover letter to the hiring manager, or the contact person listed on the job advertisement. This is more personal than writing ‘Dear Sir/Madam’
  • Include the company name and job title, this shows that you do not simply send out the same cover letter every time you apply for a job.
  • Research the company and show that you have done so. For example you might write about how you have been a customer of theirs for a number of years, or that you are interested in their company culture and how they give back to the community.
  • Address how you would be the best candidate for the role they have advertised by using the same words in the job advertisement. Relate your skills to the job listing.
  • Only include information which is relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • Finish the letter with a call to action, such as ‘I look forward to hearing from you’ or ‘I would love the opportunity to discuss this role further’

Need help?

If you’re looking for inspiration check out this link for an example of a good and bad cover letter by SEEK advice and tips.

If you are interested in learning how to write a stand out cover letter Adept Training offers resume writing and interview skills workshops. Click here for further details

Written by Mikayla Whitehead (Marketing & Administration)