Sample Australian Cover Letter with Explanatory Notes

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A cover letter (sometimes called an application letter) is an important component of your communication with potential employers. It is the first document they will read and first impressions are vital when forming opinions.

In the past, cover letters were used as a covering page for the rest of the job application documents and may have been very brief and uninformative about the candidate.

In today’s competitive employment environment, you should use every opportunity to market your skills professionally. A cover letter should demonstrate to the reader that you have read the job advert carefully and you are interested in the position. It should give the employer a ‘snapshot’ of the reasons why they should employ you.

This PDF (which forms a part of the book Aussie Migrant: Jobs) will provide you with some guidelines on writing an "Australian Ready' Cover Letter.