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Cover Letter

Purpose

The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself to a potential employer, and is your first opportunity to create a good impression.  It’s critical to get this right if an employer is going to take your application any further.  It should provide a brief but compelling snapshot of your skills, competencies, experience and fit for the role.

Layout

It’s important to address the letter to a specific person (if possible), making your letter more personalised.  You may need to contact the company to find out the relevant contact name.

The content needs to include, in order of priority :

  1. State the job you are applying for, why you are applying, and how you feel that you meet the requirements of the role.
  2. Explain why you are the best person for the role, why your skills, competencies and experience meet the requirements, and how you intend to exceed their expectations if employed.  This is all about selling yourself.  Be honest!
  3. Close the letter positively, thanking them for reviewing your application and how you look forward to hearing from them.  It is helpful to let them know your availability for interview, and for commencement of employment.

 

NOTE - A sample cover letter is provided for your reference and use on the ‘Templates’ page.

Resume

Purpose

The purpose of your resume is to provide enough compelling information to the employee so they ask you in for an interview.  It is likely that the employer will be reviewing many applications and resumes, so it’s important that your resume is clear, concise and impactful.  This is your second opportunity (after the cover letter) to sell yourself.  Everyone should have a current resume.

Layout

Whilst there are many different ways to format and present your resume, there are several critical sections that should be included in every resume:

1. Ensure your personal details are clearly listed at the top, along with current contact details.

2. Include a statement about your career objectives and aspirations, but make sure it is relevant and aligned with the role you are applying for.

3. List out your employment history, starting with your current or most recent role and working back in time from there.  Depending on your work history, list the most relevant and recent roles.  The information employers are looking for here are :
                a) Company Name
                b) Your Role / Title
                c) Duration of Employment
                d) Summary of Key Responsibilities
                e) Achievements of Note

4. Outline your education background, again beginning with the most recent qualification.  Here, the employer is looking for what the qualification was, where it came from, date of completion, other educational achievements / awards etc.

5. Provide referee contact details if you are comfortable doing so, otherwise write ‘referees made available on request.’

6. You may elect to include special interests, hobbies, other training and exceptional accomplishments.  These are especially important if they are relevant to the role / industry, and can add an element about your personality to the document.                                         

NOTE - A sample cover letter is provided for your reference and use on the ‘Templates’ page.

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