If you ever tried to apply for a job, especially online, you have probably been asked to write a motivational letter or a cover letter. If you are like me, you have probably wondered what the cover letter is about. You are sending through your CV anyway, that should be enough. Well, it turns out, the cover letter is very important.
Writing a good cover letter will help you get your foot in the door even if you don’t have that much experience. Below are a few tips to help you get started:
- Make it one page or less
- Don’t try to impress with big words. Write like a normal person.
- Check for errors
- Mention why you are excited to be applying for the job
- Show that you have the right skills for the job
- Sell yourself
Here is a sample cover letter from Youth Central :
RE: Application for Trainee Administration Assistant position
Dear Mr. Moyle,
As a young and motivated individual I am extremely interested in submitting an application for the advertised Trainee Administrative Assistant position with John Smith and Associates.
In November 2013 I completed my VCE studies and also obtained a Certificate II in Business Administration. This has given me a range of practical capabilities that will meet the needs of this role.
While completing my VCE studies I worked part-time as a Customer Service Assistant for KSmart. My responsibilities in this role included providing face-to-face customer service and assisting on the floor with stock movements and visual merchandising. This position has given me key employability skills while also allowing me to experience working in a professional and fast-paced work environment.
With regard to my ability to meet the specific requirements of this job:
- Customer Service: Worked for four years in a face-to-face customer service environment providing customer service at registers, lay-by counter and on the retail floor.
- Reception Duties: Responsibilities at KSmart included answering incoming phone calls and assisting customers with phone-based enquiries.
- General Administration: Certificate II in Business Administration has provided training in the use of skills including filing, data processing, records management and writing communication.
My teachers and employers have commended me for my high level of interpersonal skills and naturally engaging personality. My motivations include learning new things and the challenge of meeting key objectives. My current and previous managers can be contacted to provide more information about my ability to meet the needs of this job.
I understand that you will receive a large number of applications for this role. I do, however, believe that my motivation, commitment and pre-existing skills will allow me to fit into your work environment and immediately start supporting the needs of your organisation.
I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my application at an interview. I have enclosed a copy of my resume for your consideration. I can be contacted at all times on the details provided above.
Thanking you in advance for your time,