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.