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​Writing a Cover Letter

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What makes a good cover letter?

A cover letter should be an engaging summary of your resume and not simply say the same thing in a different format. Aim to tell a story which shows that you understand the role and states why you would be great fit for the company.

Cover letters should not just be a repeat of your resume in a different form, and you should use a different cover letter for each role as every role is unique.

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When writing a cover letter, you should include:

  • The name of the hiring manager and company

  • An opening statement (make yourself stand out from everyone else)

  • Understanding of the role (show you know how the role fits into their company/industry)

  • The story behind and beyond the resume (don’t simply repeat it in a different format)

  • Why they should hire you (what do you bring to the company)

  • A call to action (asking for an interview or meeting)​

How long should a cover letter be?

Keep it short, no more than one page. A cover letter is meant to be a summary of your resume for the hirer to quickly read through to develop an understanding of what you would bring to their company.