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How to Tailor a Cover Letter

Cover letters

One indeed may say that a cover letter means, there is a cause to be covered!  A motivational introductory letter of oneself for others to read and understand.   A letter to let a future employer know what job you would like to apply for.  It’s an opportunity to show that your skills and experience match the skills and experience needed to do the job, and do it well. 

You want to build and write a cover letter making the reader live in your moment, encouraging them to read until the end.   Here is an example.  It’s a sunny day, feeling happy and joyful you take a short walk to the book shop.  A wonderful old book shop with a coffee lounge in the middle.  You take a book from the shelf and begin to read the synopsis.   You notice it is poorly written, it has spelling mistakes and it's so boring you can't even finish reading it. Placing the book back on the self, you are left feeling an array of distastefulness and unpleasant emotions.  The author has lost you!   Authors need people to read their books.  The same goes for the cover letter.  You need the employer to read that letter from start to finish.  It's your career, your life, your future.   So get it right, right from the beginning. 

There are aspects of a cover letter that are important so let’s take a closer look. Keep it short.  The cover letter is meant to be a summary of your resume, so don’t write more than one page.  The employer does not want your life story.  Other important views include, having your name and contact details easily visible. Your email address should create a professional impression, so you don’t want to use… “youareatdudesplace@xmail.com. Leave that email for your mates. Having an email that has your first name and last name is a good start.  Info@ThePerfectResume.com.au now that’s professional!

Include the name of the person you’re writing to, their position or the name of their company and their contact details. You can use, “To whom it may concern” however this should be only used as a last resort. You must also include the job that you are applying for, for example “I wish to apply for the Project Managers position as advertised in the Australian”.  A brief summary about how your skills and experiences match the job description.  Look for the list of desirable and essential skills, your cover letter needs to respond to all the ideas on the essential list.  Remember that if you say you have a skill or experience, you need to show how you’ve used it or how you got it.

When one goes for a job, one needs to know why you believe that you are the right person for the job.  Speaking their language helps.  If there’s a tool, software or skill that the job requires then mention it in your cover letter.   Don’t forget a very important facet, ask the employer to contact you.  Afterall you want an interview, to show the employer that you really want the job and that you are the only person for the job, a standout above the rest. 

Now ask yourself a question, why do you want this job?  Have you asked yourself the question yet?  If you have answered the question you have made a step in the right direction.  Forward that is.  Talk about why you want the job in the cover letter, why is it important to you.  Why you think that you are the best candidate for the position.  Read the job description carefully from the beginning to end.  Underline the keywords and make your experience fit.  Just like in a tailor shop.  I am sure you don’t want to arrive in a tailor shop and come out looking like second-hand Jane.  You want the pants to fit and fit perfect. Afterall you are unique, there is no other like you. So, don’t copy-and-paste. Focus on your notable contributions and your major attributes.  Research that company, do your homework and tailor your cover letter to the job description for the best chance of success.

So, the layout and content are important bricks, but the words, phrases and sentences are the mortar.  These build the framework for your formal documents. Therefore, make no mistake, your grammar needs to be polished and poised.  That means no mistakes and no shorthand at that.  Grammarly is great for proofreading your resume and cover letter prior to sending it to your new employer. At Theperectresume.com.au these important aspects of writing a cover letter cannot be emphasised enough. 

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 Example of a Cover Letter

 

[Organisation]

[Department]

[Contact details]

 Long Date

Dear Hiring Manager,

Re: [Insert position title] opportunity

With over a decade’s worth of experience in administrative settings, I have gathered insight which will be valuable towards the position as advertised.

I have high-level organisation capabilities with the ability to prioritise competing demands and schedule workloads effectively. Having been previously commended for my positive and hardworking attitude, I would be as driven and self-motivated to provide customer-focused service, administration and business support for your department.

I am technically competent with swift, accurate typing skills and am quick to adapt to various computer systems and software. I have the self-motivation and results orientated drive to work autonomously, however, I am also a collaborative team member, with friendly interpersonal skills, who upholds company values and works together to achieve common goals.

Throughout my career, I have developed strong communication skills with a refined customer focus. I enjoy building relationships with stakeholders and have refined my communication skills by keeping them informed of any changes to manage expectations.

Maintaining clean and ordered databases has been acknowledged as a talent of mine. I pride myself on my attention to detail when reporting and entering data while safeguarding data as secure and up to date. I am well practised at maintaining company records in a manner that upholds people’s privacy and confidentiality, and as such consistently documents clear and concise records in the relevant databases.

My included resume reflects my career, and as such, hopes it piques your interest to shortlist me for an interview. I can be contacted on 0400 000 000 or via email at example@outlook.com at a time of your convenience.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

First Last Name

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