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  There are no hard and fast rules about application presentation and cover letters. You will soon find that various employers have their own preferences. However, here are a number of tips intended as general guidelines:  
 
Use the same structure and typeface as your résumé for consistency
Highlight your key experience, skills and qualifications
Briefly explain why you are interested in the position and why you are the right candidate
Keep it to one page and about two to three paragraphs in length. Use bullet points whenever possible
Keep the tone friendly yet not too informal. The language needs to be confident and enthusiastic
If possible, match the communication style and reflect the values that are on the website of the company
Reflect the reasons whether they be from your personal knowledge or research that you are interested in the role
Make sure you accurately address and date your letter in the manner a normal letter would be written
Ensure your salutation is appropriate, the most accepted form is Dear (Mr./Mrs./Ms. Surname) or if you don’t have the person’s surname, Dear (First Name)
Make a reference to the position you are applying for so that there is no doubt as to the purpose of your letter
Read the job advertisement carefully and ensure that you address all the needs of the employer. Highlight key words if necessary
Request an interview appointment
 
  Applying for flexible jobs  
  There is nothing stopping you from applying for a full time job and approaching the employer to see if they would consider a flexible work arrangement.  The worst that can happen is the employer says ‘no’.  However, the employer may be open to reduced start and finishing times, a work from home or job share arrangement; if you don’t ask you’ll never know.  The key is to know when and how to broach the flexible work topic.
Mention your work availability in your resume or application letter but don’t make it the opening line!  You want employers to assess you based on your skills and experience not simply on your availability alone.
 
We don’t recommend you hide your flexibility needs or availability until the job offer stage.  It’s likely you and the employer will have wasted valuable time if flexibility isn’t an option.
 
Application follow-up:
 
 
Call the prospective employer and confirm that they have received your resume.
Make sure you make a note of the closing date.
Ask the prospective employer about next steps in the recruitment process.

There are hidden jobs out there so target the companies that you want to work for and ask if you can send your resume to them to keep on file.

 

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