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Cover Letters

How to write a cover letter employers will want to read.

Sample cover letter

What to include in your cover letter

1.  Your contact details

       Write in this order

  • your full name

  • your address

  • your email address

  • your phone numbers

  • your LinkedIn address (if you have one)

2.  Date
  • Include the date you send the letter

3.  Their contact details
       Write in this order:
  • the name of the person

  • their job title

  • their organisation and address

4.  Contact person
  • Address the person by their name if possible. Contact the organisation and ask. If you cannot find the name, put "Dear hiring manager".

5.  Reason for the letter
  • Write out the full job title and any reference numbers as a heading.

  • State you are applying for the named position and where you heard about the job.

6. Why you want to work in this position for the 
organisation and what you know about the
  • Be enthusiastic and show that you have thought about the job and why you would like to work for them.

  • Make positive comments about the organisation, eg, their reputation, performance and product.

  • Remember it's about what you can do for them, not what they can do for you.

7. What you will bring to the role
  • Highlight how well you match the requirements for the job.​

  • Outline your hard or technical skills, experience and knowledge that is require for the role.

  • Soft skills, personal goals, excitement and enthusiasm

8.  Finishing off
  • If you are applying for a vacancy, thank them for considering your application.

  • If you are writing to ask for an opportunity to discuss your application, state your intentions to follow up with a telephone call.

9.  Signing off
  • ​Be professional with your farewell, not too formal or too familiar. 
  • Write out your first and last names and sign above your name unless you are applying online.

Source: TEC Job Hunter's Workbook

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