Early Careers at Aurecon

How to write a cover letter

You’ve written a perfect resume; it’s accurate and up to date, and gives our recruiters an insight into you, your interests, qualifications and professional interests. Now on to the cover letter. Should you send one, or not?

Our recruitment team agree sending a cover letter is almost always the best decision, even if the job application doesn’t ask for one. Plus, if they don’t need a cover letter, sending one will demonstrate you’re a motivated candidate. So ultimately, you can’t go wrong!

Your cover letter is your opportunity to help us see if your skills and experience match what we seek. More importantly, a cover letter allows you to clearly tell us why you’re the best candidate for the job. 

Here are the top 5 recommended winning cover letter tips.

1. Show us your personality!

Introduce yourself and put the name of the position you are applying for. Address the letter directly to the person named in the job ad.

If there’s no name, you can use LinkedIn to research and find the name of the relevant person, or go the classic route and call to find out.

2. Share what you love about the company

Mention where you learned about the role, and let us know why you want to work for Aurecon.

Is it our projects? Our values? Our Principles?

3. Emphasise your strengths and show off your skills

The next step is to summarise your main skills and experience; specify the most significant and relevant parts which you believe match the job description. Each paragraph should focus on a different aspect.

Think of your cover letter as the entrée to your resume. It shouldn’t be so detailed that it replicates what’s contained in your resume, but should give your recruiter an understanding of the skills you may be able to bring to a position.

Outline any general skills you think are relevant to the role, such as communication and interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and organisational strengths.

4. Always proofread for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes

After you have written your cover letter – proofread it. And then proofread again. A cover letter with grammatical errors and spelling mistakes can lead to your application being rejected.

Use dynamic verbs such as ‘collaborated’, ‘motivated’, ‘managed’ and ‘analysed’ to help convey your points. Make sure to edit your cover letter so it’s only one-page long.

5. Finish it off positive and strong

Finally, finish the cover letter by suggesting opportunities for further interaction: for example, indicate your willingness to meet and discuss your experience in more detail. Always finish on a positive note.

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