Your Cover Letter

A cover letter is your introduction to the hiring manager and an opportunity to add your voice to the application. It can be used, along with your profile, to screen applicants for the position. If the posting indicates a cover letter is not required, then do not submit one as it will not be read.

Create Your Cover Letter

  1. Applicants will be prompted to include a cover letter after they hit Submit Your Resume. If the posting has a cover letter requirement, you must submit one
  2. You can type a cover letter directly or cut and paste from a word document into the Cover Letter text box
  3. You can also select and revise a previously submitted cover letter from the drop down box
  4. Include a subject line with the position's title, ministry and requisition number
  5. Hit Submit

Cover Letter Tips

  • There are different reasons for a hiring manager to require a cover letter so pay attention to the wording
  • Keep it short and concise, ideally one page maximum
  • Avoid acronyms
  • Address the letter to the contact name listed in the job posting
  • Focus on the key accountabilities and requirements of the job, and provide specific examples of how your previous experience makes you a candidate for the position—highlight what you bring to the position and clarify how you can contribute to the team you will be working with
  • Include relevant skills that are stated in the posting or job profile such as "you are expected to work independently with minimal review" and "building and maintaining effective relationship with clients"
  • Address willingness statements (such as being willing to travel)
  • List certifications (such as a valid driver's license) that relate to the qualifications
  • Include other relevant information (for example, contact information if you will be on vacation)
  • Double check for grammar and spelling errors