The cover letter is a formal document that accompanies your Australian resume. A carefully written cover letter is crucial to making a good first impression on your prospective employer in Australia. The letter is necessary so that you can introduce yourself to potential employers, show that you are fully informed of what the job role entails and convince them that you're the right person to work in their organisation.
Therefore, it is imperative that you write an effective cover letter.
Consult our advice below to find out how to write a good Australian cover letter and to download a free cover letter template.
Tips for a good Australian cover letter
- Adapt your skills and experience to the particular job position and company that you're applying to. Don't include information that might be good in a general sense but, with regards to the particular job role, is irrelevant. The more tailored your cover letter is to the specific organisation and job position, the better your chances are for being called back to a job interview in Australia.
- Keep the cover letter brief - less than one A4 page.
- If there is a clear job description that outlines selection criteria, then you should make sure to relate your skills and experience to this criteria. Australian recruiting managers are looking to tick off key points that they've included in the job description when reading a candidate's cover letter.
- Make sure to include your name, address, email, contact number, the company name, address and the specific person you are applying to all at the top of the Australian cover letter.
- To address the prospective employer use 'Dear Mr/Ms...' followed by the recipient's surname if you know their identity. If not then write 'Dear Sir or Madam'.
- Beneath the personal information, write a subject heading outlining the job you are applying for, followed by the body/content.
- Send your Australian cover letter in Word format.
- Finally, ensure that there are absolutely no spelling and grammar mistakes.
For more advice on the Australian cover letter consult our general cover letter section.
Download free Australian cover letter template
Click on the button below to download a free Australian cover letter example to be used as inspiration for your own.
Back to job application in Australia
Your street address
Suburb State Postcode
Date Month Year
Mr/Ms full name
Address your application to the name given on the job ad. If a name isn’t specified, call the company and ask whom you should make the application to.
Suburb State Postcode
Dear [name of contact]
In the first paragraph you should briefly explain who you are and why you are writing to them. Name the position you are applying for and where you saw the position advertised. While it’s fine to start this paragraph with ‘I’, try not to start every paragraph in the same way.
Never forget to mention which job you’re applying for. If the company is advertising more than one position, and you don’t say which position you’re interested in, they may not even consider your application – especially if they receive loads of applications.
Explain why you think you are qualified for the position, emphasising how your previous experience and transferable skills make you ideal for the role. Mention your most important qualifications (for example ‘I have just graduated from a Bachelor of Business Administration’) and what you think you would bring to the company. If the job advertisement lists selection criteria, this is the place to say how your skills and experience meet the criteria they’re looking for.
If a job has asked that you address selection criteria separately, this can go in a separate document.
In the third paragraph, explain why you would like to work for this particular company, showing that you have done research regarding the position.
Companies want to know that you’re interested in them and understand what they do, and what they want from their employees. You may be applying for hundreds of different jobs but you need to make each prospective employer think that their job is the only one you want.
Lastly, politely request that they consider your application, conveying your appreciation for their time.
Being polite and enthusiastic will help to create an overall good impression.
If you have the technology to do so, scan your signature and insert it into the document.
Print full name