The University of Newcastle, Australia

Cover letters

Written applications should include a cover letter, which is your opportunity to express your unique claims to the role or company. When employers only request a resume, your email should serve as a cover letter.

To make a good impression, include the following sections:

  • your reason for writing
  • your interest in and knowledge of the organisation
  • relevant skills and experience in relation to the position or needs of the organisation
  • references to any documents you have enclosed
  • enthusiasm! Express a willingness for an interview

Our cover letter information sheet has a sample letter and more tips to help you create a winning pitch.