Tips on Writing the Perfect Covering Letter
When applying for positions, many people fret over their coversheet –
how long should it be? How much information should I provide? What exactly
am I supposed to write?
Here are some key pointers to help you write a successful cover letter
to complement your resume and secure your next job interview.
Keep it brief and succinct –
you want your cover letter
to be read, so keep it simple and to the point. Don’t repeat the details
outlined in your resume or include irrelevant information. A cover sheet
should be no longer than half a page.
Information to include –
make reference to the
position you are applying for and where you saw the advertisement.
Highlight the skills you have that match those the employer is looking for
- these are usually specified in the ad. If they’re not, have a think
about the attributes and experience you have that would be relevant to
tell the employer why you are interested in the role.
Be professional in your correspondence –
make sure you come across
as confident and in control, not cocky or disrespectful.
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Also have someone else read over your covering letter. Sometimes it is
difficult to pick up your own errors.
Remember, a potential employer has limited time when reading through
applications, so make yours count.
Below is an example of a good covering letter to
use as a guide. Good luck!
12 Forest Road
Hurstville NSW 2220
Phone: 9570 2411 or 0410 ---
13th August 2004
Mr Martin Novo
I am writing in response to your advertisement in the SMH (12th
August 2004) for a Financial Accountant – reference no. DP234.
As mentioned in our telephone conversation earlier, I am very attracted
to this role and believe my background is an excellent match with your
As you will see in my CV, I have developed a wide range of technical
skills while working as an Accountant at KPMG and St George Bank for three
and two years, respectively. I am degree qualified, possess extensive
knowledge of statutory reporting requirements, and am proficient in Excel
and Pronto. In my current role, I have also overseen the implementation of
a new accounting system, which ran smoothly and on time.
I would very much appreciate the time to discuss this opportunity
further and can be contacted anytime during business hours on 0410 ------
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Source: Morgan, G & Banks, A, Getting that Job,
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