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Writing a Cover Letter

A cover letter is your first opportunity to differentiate your resume from others and to make a great first impression.

It provides a chance to summarise your skills and to include any key points that do not fit within your resume.

Cover Letter tips :

• Keep it precise, positive and professional but allow your personality to come through.
• Read through the position description and address some key requirements in your cover letter demonstrating a clear link between your knowledge, skills and experience and the needs of the employers.
• Type all covering letters, do not hand write them (unless specified).
• Avoid information already included in the resume.
• Personalise the letter with the appropriate addressee quoting the job title, reference number (if applicable) and make reference to where you saw the advertisement
• Ensure you tailor your cover letter for each role.
• Ensure that the letter is proof read and spell checked.
• Keep the letter concise to 3 paragraphs –begin with why you are interested in the role/company , explain how your skills and experience are relevant to the role and can help the business meet its role, highlight how you can contribute to the role and what sets you apart from other applications and in the final paragraph, thank the reader for taking the time to read your application.
"On the back of a long term relationship with our business spanning more than 10 years, Maree has facilitated the placement of 2 senior people into our finance team over the last 12 months. In doing so, Maree has spent time deeply understanding the companies requirements and in doing so, has shortlisted quality candidates for discussion ensuring time was not wasted interviewing potential candidates clearly not aligned to what we were searching for. We have used the Accountancy Connect team extensively over the last 10 years and will continue to do so in the future."

Peter, Financial Controller, Construction industry