The cover letter - also known as the application letter, is typically a ONE page professional business letter designed to introduce yourself to a potential employer. It is an opportunity to engage with the employer to show you are a good match for the job and organisation.

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Some key points to consider when drafting a cover letter include:

  • Address the selection criteria outlined in either the position description or job ad. Use examples from your experience. This can include work, study or volunteer experiences.
  • Keep your cover letter to one page only.
  • Do your research. Show your motivation as to why you want to work for this particular organisation.
  • Plan your structure before you start writing. A good basic structure could be four paragraphs:
    • introduce yourself and say why you believe you are a good fit for the job
    • outline briefly your relevant work experience
    • outline your related education and qualifications
    • summarise the connection between your skills and experience and this position, and why you particularly want to work at this organisation.

Resources

Cover letter quick tip (PDF)