A cover letter is how you introduce yourself to a prospective employer. It outlines why you’re writing to them and why you’d be a valuable employee. It is your opportunity to make a great first impression.
Most common cover letters:
- application letters - written in response to a definite job opening
- speculative letters - enquiring about possible jobs, internships, work experience or volunteer opportunities.
Cover letter guidelines
- ResumeBuilder will help you to structure a professional cover letter
- use business letter format, one A4 sheet of paper at maximum
- use paragraphs with clear topics
- be genuine.
- Introduce the purpose of the letter and why you’re interested in the
- I wish to apply for the position of (insert job name) advertised on (where you found the advert). "I am eager to..." "...passionate about..." "...because..."
- if the letter/email is speculative - "I am writing to enquire if you have any vacancies..." "I am eager to..." "...passionate about..." "...because..."
Body of the letter
- Highlight why you want to work for the employer and what you have to offer.
- use active enthusiastic language to market your relevant qualifications, skills, experience and achievements.
- show how your attributes relate to the position.
- reflect the language used in the position description or advertisement.
- let the employer know you have included all the requested documents and are happy to provide further information
- express your enthusiasm for an interview
- if it's a speculative application express your enthusiasm to meet and discuss possible opportunities. Let the employer know when you will follow-up with a call or email.