Writing a cover letter? Here's how to write a great one.

It’s rare that you’ll be asked to provide a cover letter here at Aegis. But if you are, keep it simple and make sure you’re genuine in whatever you write.

A covering letter is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself, your skills, experience and demonstrate your ‘fit’.

So here are some tips for writing a great letter

  • Start by talking about what you would bring to the  company, role & opportunity
  • Be brief - get to the point 
  • Skills & experience - link your work experience to why you are suitable 
  • Motivation - recruiters want to know what motivated YOU to apply 
  • Demonstrate why YOU are the right person - be clear on how you can potentially solve the position's problems and challenges

How to structure your cover letter

Paragraph One

  • Outline the title of the role you are applying for e.g. I am applying for the project manager role 
  • Say why you’re interested in this job

Paragraph Two

  • Summarise and highlight what you would bring to the role but don't simply rewrite your resume.  Supplement and say what it can't. 

Paragraph Three

  • List your method of contact e.g. mobile, business number, home number etc
  • Write you'd like an interview in person or by phone
  • Thank the recipient for his or her time and consideration
  • Say that you look forward to hearing from the recipient

  Beginning and Ending the Letter

  • Address the letter to the person listed as the contact in the job advert (if none listed call the company to find out)
  • If you know the name of the person you are writing to (e.g. Mr J Smith) sign off ‘Yours sincerely’
  • If you do not know the name of the person you are writing to (e.g. Sir or Madam) sign off ‘Yours faithfully’

Some basic DOs and DON’Ts

  • Check your work for spelling & grammatical errors
  • Only provide accurate information
  • Save your letter in MS Word or PDF
  • Avoid overselling yourself –you’ll come across as over confident