Put your best self forward for a new job with an up-to-date Resume and well-written Cover Letter

A Cover Letter is your first contact and communication with your future employee and the perfect companion to your professional and up-to-date Resume.

Take the time to write your cover letter to address the specific role you are applying for – its the perfect chance to introduce yourself and outline your skills and your qualifications.

By following these 5 easy steps, writing a successful cover letter is easy!

Step 1:  Look for a Specific Employee Name

If you do not know the name of the relevant employer, take some time to do some research through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and even Instagram and you may be able to find the name of a relevant employee to whom you can address your cover letter.

Don’t just choose a random name, but if you can, find someone in Human Resources – preferably a Director or Manager – or a higher-up within the department you’re applying to.

By having a specific name, you will make sure your application gets to where it should be.  If you don’t have a specific name, address your Cover Letter to “The Hiring Manager”.


Step 2:  Analyse the Job Description

Make sure you read the job listing carefully and see where your experience matches up to the role.

You might like to make a table with the companies requirements in the left hand column and your matching attributes in the other.  Choose the points that are most significant and remember, your cover letter should not be more than one page long.

The points you choose should be the ones that are most significant to the position, but also the ones that provide specific examples and match about your experience


Step 3:  Format your Cover Letter

After having completed your table, copy and paste your responses into the body of the letter.

A few more tips:

  • Make sure you include all of your contact details at the top of the Cover Letter
  • Always mention the specific role you are applying for and the name of the Company.
  • Only include information that is relevant to the role.  This is the perfect time to shine – and verify your suitability to the role.
  • Show interest to work at the company.


Step 4:  Follow Up

Finish your Cover Letter with a promise of a follow up and be sure that you do call the employer within the outlined time frame to ensure they have received your application.  If you are sending more than one application, its a good idea to keep a list of when and to whom you have sent applications and take note of when to follow up.


Step 5:  Proof Read

Your first impression will count, so you do want to make sure that your letter is well written without any grammatical or spelling mistakes.  You may have someone to read over this for you to make sure.


And finally, good luck with your job applications.

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