Like your CV, a cover letter is an essential part of the job hunting process and should be tailored to each role role you apply for.

Cover letters tend to be no longer than half a page and should contain concise information about your skill sets, your suitability for the role and why you would like to work for that particular organisation.  

Content and Layout

When writing a cover letter break the main content down into sections. Here is what we recommend:

Paragraph 1

State the job title of the role you are applying for and give one firm reason about why you should be considered for the role. If you are applying speculatively then clearly state the reason you are getting in touch and mention the organisation by name. 

Paragraph 2

Tell they employer why you are right for the position. Include your qualifications, skill-sets and work experience relevant to the role.

Paragraph 3

Explain what has attracted you that particular role and organisation.

About you

The second paragraph of your cover letter should contain details about why you are a good fit for the role. Highlight skills and experience and relate these back to the role you are applying for.

For example, if you are applying for a runner role in a production house that requires knowledge of editing software, highlight how you have experience in Avid, Final Cut Pro and/or Premiere Pro and mention a project in which you have used this software.

This shows that you have knowledge of relevant software and where you have had experience in using it.