When you are looking for work, your cover letter is an important tool - it’s how you introduce yourself to an employer.
Not all jobs need you to have lots of experience. In fact, many employers hire people for their attitude and interest in learning and growing in the job.
Use this template when you have limited/no paid work experience.
What to include
The purpose of this cover letter is to introduce yourself and create a link between your interests, values or goals and the job.
Your contact information
Opening greeting directed at the reader
Include a person’s name if possible i.e. 'Dear John'.
If this isn’t possible, you can address to letter to ‘Dear Hiring Manager’ or ‘To whom it may concern’.
Before the body of the letter, include a reference line which names the job
Re: Application for <insert job role>
Body of the letter - What to include if you don’t have paid work experience
To write a cover letter that ‘sells’ you, provide information about:
The purpose of this type of cover letter is to demonstrate how you can make a positive contribution to the workplace through your personal attributes and strengths.
Make sure you use a formal closing such as ‘Yours sincerely’ or ‘Best regards’.
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