A cover letter is your introduction to an employer. It aims to communicate two key messages: why you want the position and why the organisation should want you.
Your cover letter should:
- Be professional yet personable in tone
- Be concise and focused so that your letter fits comfortably in one page
- Avoid overly formal or academic language and long complicated sentences
- Tell the employer why you are applying for the position in their organisation
- Include the name and position of the person who will receive your application (if possible)
Writing a cover letter for an unadvertised job
- Email your letter rather than attaching a document. This way, it’s more likely to be read.
- Make the most of your subject line. Be specific and include positive qualities about yourself (e.g. University of Melbourne Commerce graduate seeking work; Experienced intern seeking work).
- Use short, focused paragraphs with only one key message per paragraph.
- Make the opening paragraph a clear statement detailing why you're writing and what you're seeking. If you have been referred by a contact, mention the contact’s name here.
- In your final paragraph, specify what you would like to happen next.