Cover letters

What is a cover letter?

A formal to semi formal letter sent along side your resume to a job interviewer / hiring manager.

A cover letter is your self introduction and gives a brief summary as to why you are a worthy candidate.

Why is a cover letter so important?

Many interviewers will expect a cover letter accompanying your resume. Even when not listed in a job advertisement, a cover letter should always be seen a mandatory. This is your chance to engage the reader to want to learn more about you in your resume and in turn result in a job interview.

Cover letter example

Consider .5 line spacing for the main body text

[Your full name]
[Street number & name]
[Suburb, state, postcode]
[Your phone number]


[Mr/Ms Full name,]
[Company name]
[Street number & name]
[Suburb, state, postcode]

Dear [Full name of interviewer / job contact],

I wish to apply for the position of 'commercial property developer' as advertised in The Times newspaper March 2006. Job reference 1234.

I have six years experience working in commercial real estate and a solid commitment to this important customer field. My most recent position has provided me with three years experience as property manager, managing over 40 commercial properties.

I have also recently completed the a six month training course in 'commercial property development'. As a result I can offer the most up to date theoretical and practical industry knowledge.

I would be pleased to discuss my application further with you at your convenience. Please contact me at the above address so that I can provide you with any additional information you may require.

Yours sincerely,

[Your signature]

[Your name printed]

Cover letter do's and don'ts



  • Do ask someone to proofread your cover letter
  • Do use a sans serif font in size 10-12
  • Do get to the point. Imagine your cover letter is the 50th letter in a row. You need to stay focused and direct in your first paragraph
  • Do use simple language and avoid complicated sentences. Be ruthless and eliminate all unnecessary words.
  • Do specifically state the advertised job position. Also Include the job reference where applicable.
  • Do sign the letter personally
  • Don't forget to mention which position you are applying for (Many companies advertise more than one position at a time)
  • Don't over use personal pronouns eg. I, my, and me
  • Don't go beyond one page
  • Don't use 'To whom it may concern' - Where possible, research as to who will reading your cover letter. Be sure to use their name
  • Don't submit a cover letter without a date
  • Don't send a generic letter - Ensure your cover letter is tailored for the job you are applying for