Before building your CV, note some details about the job you are applying for so that you can tailor it to match the job requirements. If you've never built a CV before - look at some other examples; friends and family who have completed them before or research them online, there are lots of templates to choose from if you just Google "CV".
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A letter of application, or cover letter, is a letter sent with your CV to provide additional information on your skills and experience.
A letter of application typically provides detailed information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for. Effective application letters outline the reasons for your interest in the specific organisation and identify your most relevant skills or experiences aligned to the job you are applying for.
Getting your application letter right is crucial when making a good first impression, it is also often your only opportunity to position yourself prior to being selected for an interview. It should be clear and to the point while being polite and eye catching.
Follow our "seven steps" to writing an application letter below to ensure you get off to a good start:
Ensure your application letter lets the employer know what position you are applying for, why the employer should select you for an interview, and how you will follow-up. Below is a simple but effective format to follow:
Dear Mr or Mrs - (If possible address the letter to a named manager in the company)
Dear Sir / Madam - (Only if you can not find a recipients name)
The first paragraph of your cover letter should note where you found the job listing and express your interest in the position. Also indicate why the role is particularly attractive to you.
Introduce your CV and briefly summarise your skills, knowledge and/or experience of the company’s market or sector
Express confidence in your ability to contribute to the success of the company, and indicate that you look forward to taking your application a step further at interview. Finally say "Thank You" to the hiring manager for considering your application.
Yours sincerely - (if you know the recipients name)
Yours faithfully - (if you do not know the recipients name)
A Typed signature
Writing a letter of application
Interviews are designed to match previously screened applicants to the requirements of the job they have applied for. Every role in every company typically has a set of skills and behaviours matched to it. It's an interviewers job to find out what personal qualities you have that compliment these. Qualities looked for are likely to include: