Tips on Writing the Perfect Cover Letter
A cover letter is a formal business letter that is about making a great first impression and is a way of introducing yourself to the employer.
Our Field Officer’s Advice:
Mick Caruso provides advice to any young person preparing their application for a traineeship.
It’s essential in his role as a field officer to review cover letters and forward them to host employers.
With over 12 years of experience, he knows a thing or two about writing the perfect cover letter.
“The cover letter needs to address the actual position a trainee is applying for. It should summarise the experiences that they have had which best meets the criteria for the role. For example: Someone applying for a Sport/PE role in a school should be able to articulate that they have had experience in Coaching/Mentoring/Leading. This could be coaching an Under 11 Netball team, Volunteer work, Umpiring, Sports Captain, etc …”
Our top 5 tips for writing your cover letter
- Use professional formatting: It should be a 1 pager with 4-5 paragraphs.
- Tailor your cover letter for each job you apply for and you follow the specific instructions from the employer.
- Show evidence of research into the organisation you are applying for and identify reasons you want to work with this specific organisation.
- Use the keywords they use in the job ad and give specific examples of where you have demonstrated the skills and experience they are after.
- Make sure to focus on what you will bring to the organisation rather than what you will gain from the experience.
Now that you have updated your cover letter,
check out our tips on writing the perfect Resume.
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