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The Cover Letter enhances and introduces the main document – your CV.  It should not be sent as a stand-alone document. cover letter_16045Employers are looking for a well-written, informative cover letter that demonstrates your attention to detail and how well suited you are to the role, which in-turn entices them to read your CV.

Using appropriate grammar and correct spelling tells the reader that you have invested the time and energy to make a positive impression.  Typos and poor formatting in your cover letter on the other hand, signal that you have failed to take the time to make a good impression. Employers rightly regard the cover letter as their best example of the applicant’s ability to express thoughts in writing. This is because the most applicant’s cover letters aren’t reviewed whereas many people get multiple reviews of their CV.

Mistakes Job Seekers make with their Cover Letter:

  • They use generic wording for each Cover Letter
  • They have a Cover Letter written and use it for multiple applications
  • They leave spelling and grammatical errors there for the employer to see their demonstrated lack of attention to detail
  • They think the Cover Letter is the most important document the employer wants to see

Tips for a CV Cover Letter

  • State the position for which you are applying. Don’t make the employer have to guess.
  • Make an overall statement about why you are applying for the advertised job.
  • If the job ad has listed specific skills, experiences, and traits, you should summarise why and how your specific skills, experiences, and traits match what they are seeking.
  • Your summary should provide specific examples that support the fact that your specific skills, experiences and traits actually match what they seek.
  • Try not to have short answers that don’t give the reader the ability to understand the impact of your statement. Such as “I don’t have any project management qualifications”. If you don’t have exactly what they are looking for, but all means state that, but think about what other things you can list that align to this, or are able to be transferred from your experience.  There is obviously a reason that you believe you are suited to this job – make sure somewhere in here you get that reason across.
  • If you believe there is information within your application that will be a “Red Flag” or doubts as to your suitability, you might have to explain how you can help them mitigate this – eg, explain why you have changed employers three times in two years, or why your availability isn’t until four months away, or why you shot your last employer.

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