Many job applications require the candidate 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 do not know what to say.
Cover Letter Tips & tricks
To ensure your cover letter is professional and well-read it is essential 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 exact 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
If you’re looking for inspiration this excellent article on writing a cover letter by Seek.com.au for an example of good and bad cover letters.