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Cover Letters

What’s HOT:

With less face-to-face contact at the moment, recruiters and hiring managers love a well written Cover Letter even more - tailored to the role and partnering with the resume to tell the full story. A Cover Letter that is well written and tailored to the role provides a positive first impression, showcases your abilities and interest in the opportunity and makes the recruiter’s decision easier, which is always a good thing.

Key to a valuable Cover letter:

Clear: Concise: Customised

Points to think about:
  • Use a business format for your letter or email, spell check and proof read.
  • Address the correspondence to the recruiter managing the assignment.  Make sure you get their name right and that they can easily identify the role you are applying for.
  • Be realistic and accurate.  A great first impression will be completely undone if it’s found to be untrue.
  • Let the recruiter know why you are interested in the role.
  • Customise to the position and outline how your strengths match the requirements. 
  • Be consistent with your resume. An obvious link to your resume consolidates the recruiter’s initial views, provides validation and demonstrates clear thinking.
  • Review the letter when you have finished and try to put yourself in the recruiter’s place – would you be impressed if you received it.

Some recruiters start with your resume, some with your cover letter so take the same care with both.