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This page provides some great cover letter examples, which may help you to write your own cover letter, or help you to consider using our professional cover letter writing services.

Best Cover Letter Template

The best cover letter template will follow our recommended cover letter layout, if you would like to create your own cover letter, we also suggest you check out10 Steps for writing a cover letter.

Your cover letter is like a professional sales proposal to market your skills, knowledge and experience in the best possible light. Your prospective employers want the cover letter to be tailored to the job advertisement they have open.

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Best Cover Letter Templates

The best cover letter template will follow our recommended cover letter layout, if you would like to create your own cover letter, we also suggest you check out10 Steps for writing a cover letter.

Your cover letter is like a professional sales proposal to market your skills, knowledge and experience in the best possible light. Your prospective employers want and demand for the cover letter to be tailored to the job advertisement they have open.

 

Timely Tip – If you’re scouting around the web picking up ideas on how to write your cover letter, we’d strongly recommend that you dramatically change anything you copy from the Melbourne Resumes website, as there’s a good chance that other candidates have copied from exactly the same cover letter samples and resume templates.

You don’t want to come across as looking like every other candidate……so write in your own style or contact Melbourne Resumes on 1300 979 890 for quote.  Our cover letter writing services start from just $150 for a high quality professional cover letter.

Employers see it as a dead give away if you have just used a generic cover letter to send your resume in. It screams that you aren’t that interested, but you thought you better send in a job application, just in case.

Many candidates overlook the importance of the cover letter, and just send out one generic cover letter to every job they apply for. This is a big mistake that may be costing them dearly. Don’t be like the herd of people that are generally lazy!

You cover letter needs to be presented in the same format that your resume or CV is formatted. We suggest you use open block format and use a professional and narrative writing style.

Your opening statement should grab the attention of the reader immediately within the first sentence. It should speak to the reader and tell them exactly why you are the ideal person for the job.

It should address each of the criteria listed in the job advert or in the job description, so the recruiter and/or hiring manager can clearly see that you have taken the effort to articulate exactly why you are definitely worth an interview.

Finally, a great cover letter will ensure that your resume is not only read but read in the best possible context, draw attention to the most relevant parts of your resume and make it clear why you should be interviewed!

Take the time to tailor your cover letter, or have a professional cover letter written for you.

If the job is worth applying for, then it’s worth writing a letter to tell them why you believe you are the best candidate for the job.

 

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A cover letter is generally the first point of contact with a prospective employer. It needs to be engaging and show the employer that you have the skills to do the job. A good cover letter can help you get a job interview by convincing an employer that you are what they are looking for and it will also demonstrate your written communication skills.

Your letter should:

  • include a brief introduction about yourself and state the purpose for writing
  • highlight relevant skills, qualifications and experience to be considered for a job interview
  • give real life examples (meeting minimum selection criteria)
  • target your letter to be specific about the role
  • inject your personal style into your writing to stand out above the competition.
Include contact details

Your details

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone and mobile numbers
  • Email address

Employer's details

  • Name
  • Job title
  • Company name
  • Address
Opening and closing the letter

Employer's name known

  • Dear Mr/Mrs (name)
  • Yours sincerely (your signature and name)

Name unknown

  • Dear Sir/Madam
  • Yours faithfully (your signature and name)

Content

Paragraph Details
1. Purpose of your letter If replying to an ad, include the job title and reference/job number (if known). You can state how you found out about the job. Sound enthusiastic about wanting the job to capture the employer's attention.

You should target organisations that you are interested to work for when writing a letter of enquiry (sometimes known as cold contact letters). Briefly include your current career or study circumstances and any specialised professional abilities. Be specific about the type of job you are interested in being considered for.
2. Why you want this job Explain how your qualification and career plan match the job.

The details you provide should show that you have done your research and understand what the job entails, and what the company and industry are looking for. Do not copy sentences from their website.
3. Your specialist skills that are relevant to the job Identify employer needs and the value you can bring to the organisation with the skills you can offer. Describe your specialist skills - relevant qualifications, experiences, achievements and skills as your selling point. Give examples to support your claims.

Briefly describe your course (if not finished include your finishing date), majors or specialisations and results if they are strong.
4. Your general skills that are relevant to the job List your general skills such as communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, initiative and enterprise, problem solving, planning and organising, self-management, technology.

Give examples from all your experiences - team projects, paid work, voluntary work, community activities or sport to provide evidence.
5. Closing Refer to your resume and any attachments.

Say you are interested in attending an interview and when you are available. For cold contact letters, say when you will call to follow up.

Finish on a positive note and thank the employer for their time.

Format and style

  • One A4 typed page with margins not too narrow
  • 10-12 point standard fonts (eg Times New Roman, Arial)
  • Plain business English (avoid abbreviations, jargon and slang)
  • 100% accurate spelling and grammar
  • Short concise sentences (avoid chunky paragraphs)
  • Clear structure - one main idea per paragraph
  • White space between paragraphs
  • A positive tone (do not include your weaknesses)

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Resources

Sample cover letters

  • Business - cold call enquiry (pdf, 0.36 mb)
  • Commerce (pdf, 0.4 mb)
  • Commerce - event follow up (pdf, 0.18 mb)
  • Education (pdf, 0.33 mb)
  • Engineering - graduate (pdf, 0.36 mb)
  • Engineering - vacation (pdf, 0.33 mb)
  • Engineering - vacation - cold call enquiry (pdf, 0.45 mb)
  • Environmental Science (pdf, 0.16 mb)
  • Information Technology (pdf, 0.34 mb)
  • Information Technology - vacation - cold call enquiry (pdf, 0.35 mb)
  • Interior Architecture (pdf, 0.39 mb)
  • Law (Clerkships) (pdf, 0.32 mb)
  • Medicine (pdf, 0.1 mb)
  • Music (pdf, 0.44 mb)
  • Nursing (pdf, 0.31 mb)
  • Politics (pdf, 0.34 mb)
  • Pharmacy intern (pdf, 0.23 mb)
  • Pharmaceutical science (pdf, 0.25 mb)
  • Pharmaceutical science - postgraduate (pdf, 0.27 mb)
  • Public Relations (pdf, 0.57 mb)
  • Radiation therapy (pdf, 0.27 mb)
  • Radiography and Medical Imaging (pdf, 0.33 mb)
  • Science (pdf, 0.24 mb)
  • Social work (pdf, 0.24 mb)
  • Volunteering (pdf, 0.32 mb)
  • Work shadowing request (pdf, 0.26 mb)

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