Writing A Cover Letter
Updated: May 4
Some companies request a single page cover letter when you apply for a role, generally this is to ensure that you are capable of putting a general business letter together as well as checking your spelling and grammar. Another reason is to remove people from the process who “can't be bothered” to ensure they are only receiving applications from genuinely interested candidates. Here are our top 7 items to include when writing a cover letter.
Your Name and Contact Details
Put your name and contact details at the top of your cover letter. You don't have to give your postal address.
The Name Of The Job You're Going For
At the start of your cover letter you need to say which job you're applying for. You can do this on a line by itself for example: “Regarding: Application for Stock Controller position”.
You can also do this in the opening paragraph for example: “ am writing to apply for the recently advertised Stock Controller position”.
A List Of Your Relevant Skills
Include a brief summary about how your skills and experiences match the job description. A short bullet list is fine. If you're answering a job advertisement, there may be a position description that lists essential skills and experiences. It may also have a list of ‘desirable’ skills and experience. Your cover letter needs to respond to all of the items on the ‘essential’ list. You should also respond to as many items as you can on the ‘desirable’ list.
A Summary Of Why You're Right For The Job
After listing your skills and experience, you should explain why these mean you're suited to the job.
For example: “My ability to get along with anyone and my experience in solving customer problems in a retail setting make me ideally suited for this job”.
Speak Their Language
Using the same language as people who do a particular job shows that you understand the industry or field that the employer works in. Find out what the employer does, and how they talk about themselves. Use this language in your cover letter.
For example:if there's a tool or software or skill the job requires like machining tools or cash handling, mention it in your cover letter.
Ask Them To Contact You
Your cover letter should finish by asking the employer to read your resume. It should also ask them to contact you about an interview.
For example: “I have attached a copy of my resume. I look forward to hearing from you about this job”.
What You Shouldn’t Include In Your Cover Letter
There are some things that should never be in your cover letter:
Typos or mistakes - Always spell check your cover letter. It's even better to get someone else to read it and point out any mistakes or confusing things.
Double check everything in your cover letter. If you mention a company's name, make sure you spell it right. If you mention places you've worked before, make sure you spell their names right too.
Using ‘I’ too much Try not to overuse phrases like ‘I believe’, ‘I have’ and ‘I am’. Remember, it’s not about you it’s about how you can help the employer.