A cover letter is usually sent out with your resume and other documents as part of a job application. Its purpose is to introduce to you an employer. To make a positive impression, you’ll need to tailor it to each organisation and role you apply for.

1. Get an overview

2. Find out more

3. Take action

Activity 1

Complete an online search for a job that you can would like to apply for now, or in the future.

  • Draft and finalise a cover letter that uses the 4 paragraph approach and is tailored to the role and organisation.
  • Take some time to reflect. How long did it take to put together? What was easiest? What was hardest? How much lead-time will you allow for writing cover letters in the future?

Next: Developing effective resumes