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A cover letter is more than just a formality or courtesy – it is an opportunity to impress. Research suggests that employers favour resumes that are accompanied by a cover letter, making it a critical component of your job-search strategy. A well written cover letter is an opportunity to show the reader your:

First impressions count. A concise and compelling cover letter is your first chance to stand out and be considered a strong candidate amongst tough competition. Immediately emphasising your key strengths will help ‘sell you’; grabbing the reader’s attention and increasing the likelihood of progression through the selection process.
A cover letter is an important way to showcase how your unique combination of skills and experience meet the key requirements of the job description. It is your chance to show a clear link between your knowledge, experience and abilities and the needs of the employer.
The wording of your cover letter can express your personality in a way that your resume cannot. The tone of your letter gives the employer an important insight into your personality and the kind of traits that could add value to their team. It allows you to explain in your own words why you are the best person for the job.
A tailored, compelling cover letter shows you have taken the time to research the company and understand the employer’s needs and job requirements. It is an opportunity to express that you are enthusiastic about the role and to demonstrate the value you would add to the employer.

Whether you are applying online or via other channels, failing to use a cover letter is an opportunity wasted. Give your job search the very best chance of success by ensuring you offer the employer a strong, succinct and convincing cover letter.

A cover letter is your first opportunity to attract the attention of a potential employer. A good cover letter convinces the reader that you are a serious contender, and that your resume is worth reading. A winning cover letter is:
Address your letter to the appropriate person, quoting the job title, reference number (if applicable), and where/when you saw the advertisement. Also include the date and your contact details.
A good cover letter uses short sentences, simple language and is concise. It should be between 3-4 paragraphs in length and no longer than one page. Begin by clearly stating why you are interested in the role/company. Next, demonstrate how your key skills, qualifications and experience can help the business meet its goals. Show how your interests and personal qualities make you the best fit for the job, and close by thanking the reader for considering your application.
A good cover letter is focused on the needs of the employer. It should express how your unique combination of attributes could add real value. Read the job description carefully so that you can match your most relevant skills, qualifications, knowledge and experience to the job description with clear examples to support your statements.
The tone of your cover letter should be professional, friendly and upbeat. You want to demonstrate that you are enthusiastic about the role and have a positive attitude towards the company. Sell yourself and your skills in a positive way.
The quality of your cover letter indicates to employers your attention to detail, ability to communicate and your level of professionalism. Ensure the grammar, punctuation and spelling of your letter is of the highest standard. It’s a good idea to have it proofread by a friend or family member.

A resume is your personal marketing document, designed to ‘sell’ your skills and abilities to a potential employer. Research suggests that readers scan resumes within about 20 seconds, so it’s important to show them at a glance why you are the best fit. To write a winning resume, ensure it is:
Make the reader’s job easy by showing a clear match between your skills and the job requirements. Clearly demonstrate how you meet the key skills, experience and attributes the employer is looking for. Emphasize your most relevant strengths and eliminate details that are unrelated to the position. Use similar key words in your resume to those used in the job description to create a link in the mind of the reader.
Highlighting key responsibilities is important, but don’t list your daily workload. Your resume should focus on the unique accomplishments that make you stand out. Show how you contributed to the organization; did you save money or time, exceed targets, solve problems, improve processes, or attract new customers? Where possible, quantify how you added value with numbers, percentages or dollar amounts.
The tone of your resume should be enthusiastic, upbeat and professional. Put your strongest and most relevant points first, using action words such as ‘completed’, ‘developed’ and ‘managed’, and superlatives such as ‘first’, ‘best’ and ‘highest’. Presenting your accomplishments honestly but confidently using high impact words will help them stand out and make your resume more compelling.
Centre your contact details at the top of your resume. Include your name, address, phone number, mobile number and email address. Next, list the relevant education and training that you have undertaken, starting with your most recent studies. After this comes your career history in reverse chronological order. List your job title, name of the employer, a short description of the company (if appropriate), and the dates you worked there. Then outline your key responsibilities, skills and accomplishments for each role. End your resume by naming your referees, or stating that they are available on request.
Keep the layout of your resume simple with lots of white space, bulleted information and a plain, readable font. Three or four pages are usually sufficient, so choose clear, concise language. It’s a good idea to have it proofread by a family member or friend.

Be ready on your big day and get the perfect and right career impressions. Here are some helpful interview tips and the most common interview questions:

Make a Practice Trip. One aspect that is sometimes overlooked is the practice trip to the interview site. It can help to gauge the time needed to arrive at the venue and familiarize yourself with the facility and any security procedures you may encounter. You might also be able to pick up an annual report, marketing materials or even a copy of the application form so that you can complete it at home prior to the job interview.
This is something that most people experience, so be sure to take good care of yourself a few days before the interview. "Play" the interview out in your mind as you would like it to happen, and also use relaxation techniques to calm yourself.
Be appropriately dressed for your interview, bearing in mind the organization's culture, as well as the position for which you are interviewing. Ensure that your outfit reflects the image you would like to portray to the interviewer. Choose your clothes the day before the interview to avoid more stress on the day itself.
Consider practicing alone, in front of a mirror or in the presence of a friend. The important thing is to have a "dry run" both verbally and visually, before the actual interview. This enables you to improve on aspects that you - or the people giving feedback are not satisfied.

One way to help minimize interview stress is to be prepared to field some of the more common questions that interviewers like to ask.
Prepare a short summary of your education, personal strengths, hobbies, work history and recent career experience.
Research thoroughly the company's products, services, reputation, culture, missions and goals. While your answer should show that you have researched the company, do not overwhelm the interviewer with your encyclopedic knowledge of the organization.
Your answer should reflect your desire to contribute to the company and grow as a professional in a job that matches your skills, abilities and experience.
This question must be answered briefly but positively. You should say that you are looking for new challenges rather than lamenting on the negatives of previous positions.
Talk about your record of getting things done in areas which relate directly to the most pressing needs in the department and organization. Cite specific examples of accomplishment from your resume. If you have a special skills that truly sets you apart from others, now is the time to mention it.
The interviewer wants to know if there is a good fit between your skills and interests and the job. Your answer should be made with this job in mind.
To answer this question, choose a decision that was indeed difficult and challenging. Also, be sure it is one that turned out reasonably well.
It is best to start by saying that your immediate goal is to perform excellently in the position at hand, and that you hope to be able to grow as you prove yourself and as opportunities open up in the organization. You might then ask the interviewer: "What kind of career path would be realistic for someone who performs well in this position?" An interview is really an exchange of information between you and the potential employer. It is conversation during which you both have the opportunity to learn more about each other. You never get a chance to make a first impression, so keep this in mind during the process. If you have done all the preparation and hard work to get the interview, then you should walk into the meeting room with the confidence that you are the right person for the job.

To negotiate your new salary from a position of strength, preparation is crucial. You must have clear and realistic expectations of what your skills and experience are worth and be prepared to ask your potential employer for what you want. Use the tips below to help negotiate your new salary with confidence.
Make sure you also research the financial performance of the company, its recent staff movements and industry conditions. This will help you to better understand the company’s position and anticipate potential objections when negotiating your salary.
Balance your research with your personal needs to determine a realistic salary range for negotiation. Decide on a figure that:

You need to live on
You would be satisfied with (the minimum you would accept)
You would be delighted with (your ultimate goal)

The last two figures comprise the salary range for which you should aim. You should always start negotiations at the higher end to allow room for negotiation.
Always wait for the potential employer to raise the topic of salary negotiation first. You are in the ideal position to negotiate salary when the employer has offered you the role, is hopeful of employing you and has suggested a figure first.

If you are asked about your salary expectations, tell the interviewer you would like to know more about the role first. Avoid divulging your last salary; instead, tell them what you believe you are realistically worth based on your research, skills and experience. This may be a different figure to what you were earning in your last job.
Good negotiators will enter a meeting with a range of options. Think about non-pay alternatives if the opportunity to negotiate salary is limited. Support for education and training or flexible hours are potential alternatives to financial incentives. The job might offer a clear promotion path or the opportunity to review pay in three to six months, so make sure you consider these alternatives as part of your salary negotiation.
Employers respect applicants who are hard but fair negotiators. Having the confidence to negotiate well for yourself shows the employer that you could bring these skills to the role and strengthens their belief that you would be a valuable addition to the team.

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