Application Cover letters are an important part of any job application. A letter of application is the first correspondence you will have with a prospective employer and it answers the question of why you have applied for the position.

Cover Letter Checklist:

Cover letters are a useful way to provide personal information that may not be detailed in your resume and to fill in any gaps for the employer.

Tips for writing cover letters

  • Always type your letters, unless the employer asks for a hand written application
  • Avoid using slang terms and abbreviations
  • Address the letter to the contact person in the job advert / or the manager when cold canvassing. Make sure you spell the person’s name correctly.
  • Highlight the key skills and words from the job advert and incorporate each of these into your letter.
  • Keep it short. Explain how you meet the requirement of the position. Provide a brief overview of your skills, experience and qualifications and the reasons why you applied for the position.
  • One page maximum.
  • Use positive words.
  • Check the formatting of your letter and that it contains no grammatical or spelling errors.
  • Get someone else to proof read it for you.
  • Close your letter with ‘Yours Sincerely’ a signature and date.

Explore the attached examples for ways of formatting your letter.

Sample Cover Letters:

How to write a letter of application (from the Western Australian Government Job Search Guide)
Sample Cover Letter
Sample Cover Letter (Specific)