Tip one: Keep the rules

  • Style your cover letter like a business letter
  • Keep it to a single page
  • Divide it into properly spaced paragraphs

Put your address and contact details in the top left hand corner and add the date underneath them on the left. Begin with 'Dear' and end with 'Yours sincerely'.

Tip two: Say what needs to be said

  • Introduce yourself and explain why you’re a great fit for the job
  • Briefly outline your relevant experience
  • Briefly outline your related education and qualifications
  • Explain why you want to work at this organisation.

In addition to any directly relevant employment you may have, don't forget about the skills and experience you have gained through study, placements, voluntary work and other extracurricular activities. Consider what will be most relevant for the role you're applying for.

Tip three: Check the job description

If the job description says that candidates need to address key selection criteria, make sure you create and attach this as a separate document.

Key selection criteria are a set of skills, abilities and qualifications an employer is looking for. As part of your application you are required to address each point, showing how you meet the requirement.

Resources

► Job Applications

► Cover letter quick tip (PDF)