Kia Ora Whanau
This blog post is going to be pretty short, but it will benefit you greatly.
I am going to give you something that will give you an edge when applying for a job. . . for free! I usually charge around $50 NZD for this, other companies will charge you $200 NZD for the same type of Cover Letter.
Don’t have time to read?? You can listen to a copy of this post from my podcast the “Get a job and get healthy with Costas Enterprises” podcast on Spotify right here.
But why give it away for free?? because ultimately I want you to get the job you want! I used to work for a New Zealand’s Benefit system (Work and Income or WINZ) and I was also previously a client for two years of my life. I wished someone would have taught me how to write a good CV or Cover Letter back then.
So what I am going to do is copy and paste a simple cover letter template you can use. Where you see the [ ] symbols you fill in the details.
Now this is just a template, feel free to make it yours, it is your Cover Letter after all.
You may be thinking, “I don’t need a cover letter they aren’t that important” That is where you would be wrong! In this day and age, your cover letter could be the one thing that gets you to the interview!
Let that sink in, your cover letter can sometimes get you the interview without the employer even reading your CV yet.
Think of your Cover Letter similar to the “Personal Statement” section of a person’s CV, it is there to introduce you, the CV is gonna back up what you say in your cover letter.
When you come to the section regarding the skills, go back and read my post Before you apply for a job post to understand what skills to identify. Keep this to three to four skills and each one should be about a sentence, no more than two sentences at max per skill.
If you can try to keep your cover letter to one page.
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Also I am now an Amazon affiliate, if you click the link below and buy anything from Amazon.com I will get a slight commision, as such I try to offer products that interest me, or are something I have read and find beneficial or something I have used. The product I am going to refer now did actually help me create a part of this template so feel free to read the “Knock Em Dead Cover Letters” .
I will also upload a .pdf version of this cover letter template for you download.
COVER LETTER EXAMPLE
Address: [This may not need to be added and is completely up to you]
[Name of Recruiter if known/ otherwise, To the Manager]
[Name of Team if know/ Department]
[Address if known, only use this if you are adding your own address]
RE: [Name] expression of interest and application for job opportunity [add job opportunity number/ title of job]
To: The Recruiting Employer [If name is known change to this as Mr/ Mrs and last name]
My name is [First Name] and I wish to show my expression of interest for the above position within your organisation as I believe I have the skills needed to successfully fill this position.
I believe I would be an excellent asset to your organisation due to my ability to [add skills regarding to what they are looking for in the job description, something along the lines of “use problem solving skills to find solutions to that will break down barriers within your organisation. An example of this was when I …”].
[Each paragraph should cover off the skills listed in the job description with a brief (one to two sentences) explanation of how you achieved this skill].
Based on the examples and skills listed above I fell I would be an excellent asset to your team.
Thank you for taking the time to consider me for this amazing opportunity and I look forward to discussing this with you further.
Kind Regards/ Yours Faithfully,