Talk to us

CathNews, the most frequently visited Catholic website in Australia, is your daily news service featuring Catholics and Catholicism from home and around the world, Mass on Demand and on line, prayer, meditation, reflections, opinion, and reviews. And, what's more - it's free!

job application

A job application letter is more than just a note attached to a resume.

It requires thought, research and a careful approach to writing.

Here are five tips to take your job application letter to the next level.

  1. Tailor it to the role: Resist the urge to use a generic cover letter. Instead, research the company and the specific position. Highlight the skills and experiences from your background that directly address the needs of the job description.
  2. Showcase your achievements: Your cover letter is your chance to shine beyond your resume. Pick a relevant accomplishment or project that demonstrates your skills in action. Briefly explain the situation, the actions you took, and the positive outcome.
  3. Use strong keywords: Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to scan resumes and cover letters. Sprinkle in relevant keywords from the job description throughout your letter. This can help your application get noticed by the hiring manager.
  4. Keep it concise and professional: Aim for a one-page letter, ideally with three to four paragraphs. Maintain a professional tone throughout, avoiding slang or informality.
  5. Proofread meticulously: Typos and grammatical errors can create a negative impression. Proofread your letter carefully for any mistakes before submitting it. Consider having a trusted friend or colleague review it as well.