Cover letter tips

The purpose of a cover letter with your job application is to provide a valuable snapshot of what you have to offer.

It should be about 1 page long and summarise your key skills and experience for the job.

Your letter should be structured in a logical way.

  1. Date
  2. Contact details
    Include your name, address, telephone and mobile numbers, and email address
  3. Job details
    Include the employer's name, job title and position number.
  4. Introduction
    Write about why you are interested in the role. In a sentence or two, explain why you are the best candidate for the job - try to convince the employer that you can do the job, that you will fit in and be an asset to the organisation.
  5. Body
    Demonstrate how you meet the experience and skill requirements of the position. Identify your strengths and accomplishments and highlight some key points from your resume and provide supporting evidence.
  6. Conclusion
    Thank the reader for their time and consideration and indicate your availability for an interview. Also mention any attachments including your resume and any work examples.

Pay attention to writing style, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

A clear writing style will ensure your letter is easily understood by the reader. It is important to be concise while still giving enough detail. To do this, cut out unnecessary words, avoid jargon and avoid overly complex sentences. Be positive in content, tone and word choice.

Make sure there are no spelling, grammar or punctuation errors as these detract from the quality of your letter. You may like to get a friend to read over the letter for you.

Youth Central - the Victorian Government's initiative for young people - has developed helpful tips and sample cover letters and resumes as a starting point for job applications. Visit Youth Central for more information.