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This Cover Letter for Job Application is for use by job applicants. It is designed to introduce the applicant to the employer, and to briefly explain why the employer should consider hiring the applicant.
Within the letter, it is possible to provide an overview of the applicant's qualifications and experience, the reasons why the applicant is well suited to the role, the reasons why the applicant is interested in the role, and any further information which the applicant wants to include.
The applicant also has the opportunity to attach a CV, references, a Recommendation Letter, or other relevant information with the letter.
This Cover Letter for Job Application can be used to present a professional and compelling message, and to maximise the likelihood that a job application will be successful.
How to use this document
Prepare the document by including all relevant contact details at the beginning of the document.
In some cases, it may not be obvious which particular person the letter is meant to be addressed to, but many applicants find that their chances of success improve if they spend some time working out the name of the actual person to whom it should be addressed. This may involve searching through the employer's website, and in some cases, applicants even go so far as to phone the employer and ask who it should be addressed to. While this seems like unnecessary work, it can help an application to stand out from the pack.
Enter relevant information about the applicant's qualifications and experience, the reasons why the applicant is well suited to the role, the reasons why the applicant is interested in the role, as well as any further information which the applicant wants to include. Make sure to be truthful and accurate with this information. If the applicant is invited for an interview, it is quite likely that they will be asked questions about things that they have mentioned in the letter.
If the applicant wants to attach a CV, references, or other relevant information with the letter, attach them at the end of the letter.
The letter (and any relevant attachments) may then be sent to the employer, or to the particular person at the employer, to whom it is being addressed. The applicant may keep a copy of the letter for their own reference, so that they can be ready to speak about it at an interview.
There are no particular laws that apply to Cover Letters for Job Applications in Australia. However, as with any letters and other legal documents, the applicant should make sure to be truthful and accurate with everything that they claim in the letter.
If the applicant is eventually hired by the employer, then various Australian employment laws may be applicable, including legislation at both the state and federal level, as well as industry specific legislation and regulations, and the common law.
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Other names for the document: Cover Letter for Employment Application, Job Application Cover Letter, Application for Job Cover Letter, Application for Employment Cover Letter, Employment Application Letter