A well written cover letter can go a long way to convincing a prospective employer that you are the right candidate for their role and can help you stand out in the application process.
Quite commonly, candidates simply reiterate the details of their resume. However,your cover letter should be a professional letter that introduces your application and reasons for applying for the role, linking the relevant skills and experience to the role requirements.
Here is our how-to guide and extra tips for success:
Do not send the same letter for every job application and, where possible, always personally address the hiring manager in the opening of your cover letter. You should also tailor the content specific to the role, explaining why you are interested in working at the organisation and importantly how this will benefit the organisation.
Hiring managers are looking for keywords from the job advertisement to assess whether your resume is suitable.
Use keywords throughout your cover letter to focus on the skills and attributes you will add to the role. Respond to selection criteria by providing relevant and short examples from your experience or capabilities to highlight your suitability.
Understand what makes you unique and how that best fits with the role. Will your creativity help innovate processes? Do you possess strong problem solving skills to overcome challenges? Think about how you can potentially solve any problems and challenges that may arise in the role and outline these in your cover letter
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