Writing a GREAT Cover Letter!

Writing a GREAT Cover Letter!
with Paul O’Dea – ATC Work Smart Recruitment Consultant


I can’t tell you how many times I receive cover letters that let job applicants down. Some are so obviously the generic cover letter the applicant sends with every single application, that sometimes the applicant will even forget to put the correct job title or company name in the letter – which does not make the recipient feel very special!

Apart from the obvious of making sure grammar and spelling are correct (obvious and VERY important) why not take the time to make your cover letter more than mediocre?

If the job advertisement tells you who to send your application to, be sure to use the correct greeting – “Dear Paul”, rather than “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Sir/Madam”. If the job advertisement does not help with the detail, go to the company website. You can even call the company and ask to whom you should address your letter…….this also shows your resourcefulness.

Be sure to read the description of the role very carefully and spend some time relating your skills and experiences to the points listed specifically as requirements for the role. Proving you meet the top requirements for the role will hold the employers attention. Mention any awards you have won, or an outstanding piece of work you were responsible for.

Be Descriptive
Rather than saying, “I am a team player”, or “I am a people person” be descriptive. For example “I am an excellent communicator with experience providing administrative services to diverse departments”. Follow that up with an example, something like “For example when assisting on the largest tender our company had submitted I coordinated the meetings between departments to ensure consistency in all channels of communication throughout”. Your cover letter will serve as the first example of your skills – make the most of the opportunity.

Do Not Repeat
Do not simply repeat the information in your resume. The cover letter should complement your resume, mention your high points and together with your resume paint a fuller picture of you. Your cover letter can have a more personal tone than your resume which should be matter-of-fact.

And your cover letter should not be longer than one page – showcase yourself, using as few words as possible. Finally, use language which is true to you, be authentic.

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Curtin University Housing Affordability Survey

Curtin University is undertaking a Housing Affordability Survey for those over 18 years of age in WA – including those renting, purchasing, living at home with their parents or home owners.

They would like to hear about your housing affordability experiences, understand any trade-offs you have made when selecting your home, strategies households are using to make their housing more affordable as well as future housing aspirations such as downsizing.

The survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

If you would like to complete the survey please click on the link below:

Curtin Housing Affordability Survey


Welcome to the team Lizzie!

We are excited to welcome our new receptionist on board – Lizzie is local to Albany and has extensive experience in previous administration roles. The team are pleased to welcome Lizzie and wish her all the best in her future with ATC Work Smart.Lizzie2

ATC Work Smart’s new address and building

ATC Work Smart is pleased to announce that the team has settled in to the new purpose-built building located at 5 Barker Road, Albany. It has been a long journey in planning, building and moving but we’re all very pleased with the outcome and invite anyone who wishes, to come and see us at our new building. ATC Work Smart thanks everyone who was involved in the project.

We would also like to take this opportunity to advise of some changes that may affect you:

Address: 5 Barker Road, Albany WA 6330

Mailing Address: PO Box 1409, Albany WA 6331

Phone Number: (08) 6819 5300

Fax Number: (08) 9842 1001

Email: reception@atcworksmart.com.au



Father Christmas at the Albany Plaza Shopping Centre

The ATC Work Smart Santa is back at the Albany Plaza Shopping Centre this year so don’t forget to go and say hello and get some photos with our Father Christmas and his helper!

Santa and his helper will be at the Albany Plaza Shopping Centre from the 12th December to 24th December between 10.00 am – 2.00 pm Monday – Saturday and 11.00 am – 3.00 pm on Sunday

The Team at ATC Work Smart wishes you all a safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Send us your photos with Father Christmas to reception@atcworksmart.com.au

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