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Cover Letters

Most professional job applications include a cover letter in addition to a resume and reference sheet. In some cases, cover letters are not requested by an employer. However, it is generally wise to submit a cover page, along with a resume or job application, if there is an option to do so. Cover letters can also serve as a useful aid when preparing for an interview, since they include professional language to describe your most exemplary qualifications for a particular position – exactly what you want to present in an interview.

Cover letters should answer these questions for prospective employers:

  • Does this applicant really want this job – ie. for the right reasons?
  • Will this applicant be better at this job than other applicants?
  • Could this applicant be a great fit for this business?
  • Would it be worthwhile to interview this applicant?

Cover letters provide job applicants with the opportunity to:

  • Introduce themselves;
  • Highlight most relevant and exemplary qualifications;
  • Proactively address resume information gaps – if necessary;
  • Express interest in a position;
  • Inspire employer to invite you to an interview.

Examples

Guides / Overview

Formatting & Language

Special Considerations

Submitting Your Cover Letter 

This illustration tells you what to know about email cover letters including the Subject, Greeting, The Body of the Message, the Closing and the Signature