Cover Letters

How to write a cover letter

A cover letter is a single-page letter that should always accompany any resume, portfolio or application documents that you send to a prospective employer.

You might be applying for a specific, advertised job, or you might be contacting a potential employer to see if they have any vacancies. Either way, your cover letter needs to:

  • Introduce you
  • Mention the job (or kind of job) you’re applying for (or looking for)
  • Match your skills and experiences with the skills and experiences required by the job
  • Encourage the reader to want to know more about you by reading your resume
  • Finish with a call to action – e.g., requesting an interview (if it’s a specific job) or meeting (to discuss more general work prospects)

Tips & Advice from CareerOne

By Kate Southam, CareerOne Editor

While it is not as long, a cover letter requires the same attention as preparing a curriculum vitae or resume. The role of your cover letter is to ensure your resume gets read. Job applications are scanned in seconds by a human eye or a piece of software. In both cases the reader is looking to see if your skills and experience match the criteria detailed in a job ad. Please continue reading on

Cover Letter Templates:

Choose a sample that best suits your current situationDownload as
General Template (including guidance)Word filePDF
Cover Letter for a specific position – no work experienceWord filePDF
Cold-Calling Cover letterWord filePDF
Social Worker Sample Cover LetterWord filePDF
Social Worker Cover Letter (No Experience)Word filePDF
Childcare Worker Sample Cover LetterWord filePDF
Hospitality / BaristaWord filePDF

Useful Links: