How to write a cover letter

How to write a cover letter

By Noelle Capobianco and Sophia Demetriades




The cover letter always accompanies the resume when applying for a job and it is just or even more important than the resume. It allows the company or employer to understand the attributes you can deliver to the job as it provides more information than the resume. The cover letter needs to cover all bases and here’s how to do it.


To start off

Be specific regarding the job you are applying for. Mention the job title and the day the job was posted as well as medium it was posted through such as the internet, seek, the newspaper etc. The cover letter should be specific to the job that you are applying for, therefore the job title, posted date and medium will change for each cover letter when applying for jobs. Within the first paragraph mention why you are applying for this job, whether it is for work experience or employment, part time, casual or full time. Also mention how it can benefit your career aspirations by being involved in this role.


Provide some information about yourself

The cover letter should detail what you study and the institution you are currently enrolled in or your position at work and the company you work for. You should also detail where you are currently working and where you have worked previously if it is relevant to the job that is being advertised.  Also note your achievements and responsibilities that help with your character development that enable you to fulfil the responsibilities advertised within the role of the job.  Use positive language to let the employer see you in a positive light without over exaggerating. Keep it simple and to the point.


Find more out about the job.

Do some research regarding the agency or company that you are applying for in order to increase your knowledge about the type of employee they are seeking. Seek exactly what knowledge and skills are needed to fulfil the role. By doing this you can tailor the cover letter to meet their demands. Once you have done your research highlight your personal qualities and connect them to the skills required for the job that gives you greater chances of securing an interview.  Connect your experience, skills or education to the skills or responsibilities needed to perform the job.


Get the little things right

Make sure that the names are spelled correctly – in fact, make sure ALL words are spelt right. Check the grammar and punctuation. Don’t use words that sound impressive if you’re unsure of their meaning. Make sure that the date is correct and of course, that your contact information is right.


The finishing line

The ending paragraph should always note that you have included your resume and your contact information for the employer or company to reach you including a mobile phone number and an email address.


Get the cover letter right and secure your chances of landing that dream job today.

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