How to Write General Cover Letters
General Cover Letters could also be known as generic cover letters, and we strongly oppose that you send these out to employers, without first customising them.
Every cover letter needs to be tailored for the specific job application.
Here are some pointers on how to customise your cover letters:
- Always ensure your header is the same style as your resume format.
- Always make sure the date is today's date
- Always try to find out the physical address of the prospective employer, and insert this in the company details section. See Cover Letter Layout.
- Always try to find out the name and job title of the person who will be reviewing the job applications. Make a phone call if you need to.
- Always use the contact person's name in the salutation.
- Always have a subject line stating which job you are applying for, and include any job reference details provided.
- Always start the cover letter with an interesting and impressive statement - that is tailor made to that job application.
- Always give at least 3 reasons why you believe you are the best candidate for the job. Eg. List your most relevant skills, knowledge and experience in bullet points.
- Always end the cover letter suggesting what you would like the next step will be. Be confident with this!
- Always use a Yours sincerely, not faithfully.
- Always attach your updated new professional resume, ensuring your save your resume within your name in it, this will help the hiring managers.
Want More Information about how to write a cover letter?
If you’re interested in finding out more about how to write a cover letter, please view our pages titled:
- What is a Cover Letter
- Cover Letter Examples
- How to Write a Cover Letter
- Cover Letter Layout
- How to Start a Cover Letter
- How to End a Cover Letter
- Cover Letter template
- 10 Steps to Writing a Cover Letter
- Seek Cover Letters
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