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Your cover letter has a lot of potential for improving your
chance of being called in for an interview
So you're trying to win the job of your dreams, but first you have to
make it to the interview. It's not just your resume that employers are
interested in – what you say in your cover letter, and how you say it,
is equally important. Stand out from the crowd with these tips for
writing a great cover letter.
There's nothing more likely to shoot your resume into the rejected
pile than a cover letter (or resume) with spelling and grammatical
errors. Watch for simple mistakes that aren't always picked up by
spellcheck. And make sure you don't use abbreviations either. There's
nothing more off-putting to an HR manager than a cover letter full of
Always address the cover letter to the person hiring (this might
require some research on your part). It shows you have initiative and
that you're not just firing off a generic letter. Remember as well to
personalise the cover letter by including the name of the company and
specifically talking about why you want to work for them.
HR managers are good at detecting when an applicant is exaggerating
or hasn't done their homework, so make sure you're being honest in
your cover letter when you talk about the job and why you think you're
the best person for it. You don't need to go over the top; sincerity
and enthusiasm go a long way.
Your main aim with the cover letter is to make it impossible for them
not to invite you for an interview. Make sure your cover letter
addresses the key points from the job description, highlighting where
your experience matches it, but don't repeat what you've written in
Make your cover letter easy to read and as concise as possible. It
shouldn't be any longer than one page. Use short paragraphs and stick
to the point.
In your cover letter, you should be telling a future employer what
you can offer them, not what you want to take from the job.
Don't go over the top in your cover letter, but do try to reveal a
little of your personality, especially positive attributes that you
might not be able to showcase in your resume.
Your cover letter has a lot of potential for improving your chance of
being called in for an interview. And don't be afraid to ask for help.
Speak to your TAFE NSW lecturers, or contact student
services for career development advice.