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Creating a Job Application

Key points 

  • Written job applications usually include a cover letter and resume 
  • A cover letter is a statement addressing the key selection criteria
  • A resume document that briefly summarises your knowledge, skills, and experiences.

Written job applications usually include one or more of the following items:

Sometimes, if a job is advertised on a website such as Seek or CareerOne, you might also need to copy information from your resume and put it into an online form.

Writing a Cover Letter

A cover letter is a short (about one page) letter where you can introduce yourself to a potential employer. It usually contains:

  • a brief introduction of you
  • what job you are applying for and the reasons why you’re interested in the job
  • some of the skills that you can offer the employer
  • your interest and availability for an interview

You can check out Youth Central’s How to Write a Cover Letter page for detailed advice on writing a cover letter. On the bottom of the page, there are additional links for specific situations, like how to write a cover letter if you don’t yet have work experience.


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