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When you apply for a job, employers will look at your:

  • CV, to see your skills, any qualifications, and your work history
  • cover letter, to find out what kind of person you are and why you want this job.

They'll use this to decide if they want to interview you, so it's really important to make a good impression.

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Develop a New Zealand-style CV

Most employers will quickly scan your CV to decide if it is worth reading in more detail. So it needs to make a good impression quickly.

What to include in your CV

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New Zealand employers only want to see relevant information on your CV. They do not need a list of every job or course you have ever done.

Employers are most interested in your:

  • technical and personal skills
  • work experience
  • qualifications and education
  • community and volunteer experience.

They also like to see some evidence of how you have applied your skills.

It is best to only include relevant details of your skills and experience and to give brief examples of how you have used your skills in the past.

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Previous employers

Local employers may not be familiar with the organisations you have worked for overseas. It helps if you include a short description of organisations you list on your CV, like:

  • the number of employees
  • the location
  • a website link so they can get more information if they need it.

The careers.govt.nz website has tips on how to write a CV for New Zealand employers.

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Make a good impression

It is important to make a good impression of yourself as a potential employee, but not to appear too boastful about your achievements.

Many people make the mistake of writing a CV and using it for every job application. New Zealand employers expect you to adjust your CV to suit each job so that it highlights the skills that are relevant to the job.

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Most New Zealand employers expect a cover letter with your CV when you apply for a job. A cover letter is a ‘sales pitch’ about why you think you are ideal for the job.

Your cover letter should:

  • briefly introduce yourself
  • outline your main relevant skills and experience
  • make an argument for why you are the right person for the specific job.

Just like your CV, it should focus on details that are relevant to the job you are applying for and it should be brief – no longer than 1 page.

Use a formal and persuasive style when writing a cover letter. It is a good idea to have a generic letter that you can adjust to match the job description you are applying for.

How to write a cover letter | careers.govt.nz

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How to write an NZ cover letter (with examples and templates)

Along with your CV, a cover letter is essential to any NZ job application. Let's get you started.

Using a cover letter template and examples are a great way to get started

Every New Zealand job application should include a cover letter.

This document is key to showing an employer you’re serious about their vacancy, and for demonstrating what you bring to the table . Despite its importance, many people aren’t sure how to write a cover letter – and their applications suffer as a result.

That’s why we’ve created this guide, giving you advice on everything from what to include, to how to lay it out.

We’ve also snuck in a few examples to make life even easier for you … aren’t we nice?

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Cover letters vs. CVs: what’s the difference?

To understand the role cover letters play in job applications, it’s important to realise how they differ from CVs:

1. Purpose:

CVs give a broad picture of you as an applicant – providing details such as educational background and employment history . By contrast, a cover letter targets why you want this specific role, and how your skills and experience make you a great candidate.

While there will be areas of overlap as you select qualifications or abilities to draw out in your cover letter, it definitely should not be an elongated version of your CV.

An NZ cover letter should be no longer than one page, while CVs are usually between one and two.

The most obvious visual difference between these documents and CVs hinges around bullet points.

While your CV should be a bullet point bonanza, cover letters favour full sentences. That’s not to say you can’t have any bullets in a cover letter, just use them more sparingly.

It’s not always easy to know what to put in your cover letter.

You should include a cover letter with every job application.

What to include in a cover letter

1. your contact info, the date and the business’ address.

At the top of your cover letter should be:

  • Your full name, contact details and home address
  • The date you submit the application
  • The business’ postal address

It should look like this:

Here's how to start your cover letter.

Head up your cover letter like this.

2. Your opener

People worry about how to start a cover letter , but there’s a simple formula and structure for getting this right:

Make it personal : start with ‘dear’, and address it to a person – i.e. the hiring manager. If their name isn’t in the job listing, try a good old fashioned stalk of the company website, or ring the business and find out. ‘To whom it may concern’ is a no go.

Make it clear : organisations often list multiple vacancies at a time, so make it obvious which position you’re applying for. A sentence like, ‘I’m writing to apply for the Marketing Assistant role, as advertised on Trade Me Jobs’, will do the trick.

Make it punchy : next, add a snappy one-liner summing up why you’re interested in the role and what you’d bring to their business. Remember, you can go into more detail in the interview itself. For example:

You have options when choosing your cover letter intro.

3. Why them

A common cover letter mistake is to only focus on yourself. Before choosing you, employers want to know why you’re choosing them. This helps sort candidates who are genuinely passionate about their organisation from those who are mass applying to anything and everything.

Warning : this section is not about inflating the hiring manager's ego by flattering the company – be positive, but be thoughtful.

Your cover letter should tell the hiring manager why you want to work there.

Now, it’s time to sell yourself.

This section of your cover letter is where you highlight your most relevant skills and experience.

You can draw on anything from previous work experience to certificates and qualifications. The important bit is linking whatever you mention to the job – simply listing skills is not the answer.

To do this effectively, you need to carefully study the job ad and identify what capabilities the employer values most. If your Trade Me Jobs Profile is up-to-date, you can then quickly skim your skills and experience to find those which most closely match the job description.

Top tip: the more detail you can give, the better. Helped raise sales? Great. Helped raise sales by 6%? Even better.

Use your cover letter to highlight core relevant skills.

If you want to add some extra skills or information to this section, a bullet point list is a good option. Note : only do this after introducing your headline examples in full sentence form, as above, and keep your list to three or four concise bullets.

5. Signing off

The end of your cover letter should (politely) prompt the reader to get in touch with you to arrange the next steps. Make sure you end on a high, and continue the energy from earlier in your closing sentence, for example:

Sign off your cover letter with a call to action.

How to format a cover letter

With your content sorted, it’s now about nailing the visuals. Cover letters are usually easier than CVs in this regard, as they’re laid out like a traditional letter. However, there are a few things to bear in mind:

  • What font should I use? Keep it simple, and the same as on your CV. If your font is hard to read, or too small, the letter will end up in the wrong pile.
  • How long should a cover letter be? New Zealand cover letters should be under one page long.
  • Should I use paragraphs? Would you read huge, unbroken chunks of text? We doubt it, so make sure to break up your cover letters into paragraphs.
  • What are the correct cover letter margins? Leave these at their default setting so your cover letter has plenty of blank space, and doesn’t look crowded.

All done? Not quite.

Perhaps the most important stage of cover letter writing is proofreading. After all that hard work, you don’t want a few silly typos or poor punctuation letting you down.

So check it yourself, then get someone else to have a look, then have a final glance.

Once you’re happy, it’s time to attach it to your application, and hit send.

Al Hall

Al Hall is a regular contributor at Trade Me Jobs and Trade Me Property. He’s dedicated to helping people succeed in their aspirations to find their dream job and place to live.

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The importance of cover letter, what is a cover letter.

Let’s go back to basics – what is a cover letter? A cover letter acts as a personal introduction in a professional setting. Usually, it’s a separate document that you attach to a job application along with your CV. You should use it to demonstrate your personality and summarise why you are the right person for the job, so the reader can consider the rest of your CV with this set up in mind.

Follow our tips for how to write a cover letter or download our cover letter template.

Why write a cover letter? 

The idea for writing cover letters for your resume is simple: it needs to be engaging enough for an employer to read to feel compelled to find out more about your skills and experience in your resume, before (hopefully) calling you in for an interview.

Not all candidates make the effort to write a tailored and personalised cover letter, so by making sure you write a cover letter that answers specifics needs in the job ad, it’ll help separate you from other applicants. In turn, giving you a greater likelihood of being shortlisted for an interview.  

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  • Keep it succinct and relevant to the job you’re applying for. Your cover letter should not exceed five paragraphs. 
  • State what your motivation is behind your application. 
  • Just as you would in your CV,  use strong verbs  to demonstrate action and accomplishments, such as ‘organise’ or ‘supervise’. 
  • Optimise the subject line. Also check the job description again, in case the employer asks applicants to include something specific in the subject line. 
  • If you are applying for a job online rather than email, consider putting your cover letter and resume into the same document so they don’t get separated. 
  • Remember, our cover letter template is free to download and can be used as another way to capture the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager and encourage them to more closely review your resume. Good luck.

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Free cover letter template

A cover letter is all about making a great first impression and giving your job application the best chance of making progress. A well-written cover letter will encourage a potential employer to read through to your resumé and get in touch to find out more or set up an interview.

We’ve come up with a template to help you get this all down on paper. Use it as your starting point and you’ll be on track to a great cover letter that will get your application noticed.

Remember, this is just a basic outline of the information to include, so make it your own by including skills and experience specific to you.

Download our free cover letter template

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Think of your cover letter as a pitch – a way to introduce yourself professionally and show the value you could bring to the role you’re applying for. Your resumé is there to document your skills, experience, and achievements, but your cover letter sums these things up in a way that speaks to the job and offers a sense of who you are.

It’s also your chance to show why you’re interested in the particular role, and that you’ve done your research about the company or organisation.

You can tailor the cover letter to you and the job you’re applying for, by explaining:

  • why you’re interested in that role
  • what the most relevant skills and experience you could bring to it.

“I’m starting out my career in…"

You want to open your cover letter by giving the reader a sense of who you are and why you’re interested in the role.

Alternatively, you could pick an element of the role or field that is exciting and start on that.

Don’t be afraid to vary from the standard opening line by using these first sentences to introduce yourself and your skills in a more personal and unique way.

You might write an opening that explains where you’re at in your career, and where you’re aiming for next. Or perhaps you’d like to emphasise a particular aspect of the job or field of work that appeals to you, and relate it back to the skills or attributes required for the role. For example:

  • “ I’ve committed myself to building skills in <aspect of the job> and <another aspect > throughout my work as an <your current role> . Now, I’m ready to take the next step in my career. The <job title>  role at <company name>  would allow me to contribute my skills to the <team name>  team, and in doing so, help <company name>  to succeed in <what the company does> .”
  • “ Providing patient-centred care has grown to become my key focus as I establish my nursing career. I’m passionate about ensuring dignity and respect, and that’s why this role as Graduate Nurse at Smith Hospital appeals so greatly to me .”

"<Company name>  has been of interest to me since …"

By showing your genuine interest and enthusiasm in this role and the business, you’re showing the reader why you’re interested and that you’ve done your research.

This is your time to shine with the knowledge you have about the business, what you admire or like and where you think you fit or can help them achieving their business goals.

"I welcome the opportunity…"

This final section of the cover letter should sum up your enthusiasm for the role and how you believe you can make a contribution to both the role and the business. It’s also an opportunity to suggest next steps in the process and thank the reader for their time.

Once you’ve used the template to create your own cover letter, come back to it with fresh eyes and ensure there are no errors or things you’ve missed. Try reading it aloud, or better yet, have someone you trust look over it to give you feedback.

Ultimately, you want to make your cover letter as compelling as possible, to capture the reader’s attention then make them want to get in contact with you. And the best way to do that is to make sure it’s a true reflection of you as a person and what you’ve achieved.

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CVs, cover letters and applications

Your CV and cover letter are most likely the first contact you will have with a prospective employer. It’s vital you make a strong first impression by tailoring them to the individual requirements of the job and the company. With MyCDES+ you can upload your CV and get instant feedback, plus build a cover letter using the wide variety of templates available! Keep reading for our top tips and don't forget, our Career Development and Employability Consultants are also here to help! 

How to write a good CV

Employers receive dozens, if not hundreds, of job applications, so they are looking for people who stand out from the crowd. Find out what the employer is looking for. This could include qualifications, experience and skills.

You want to match their requirements as closely as possible. Look at the job ad, job description, company website, google them for news mentions and other activities, etc.

Listing your skills

  • Identify your skills 
  • Give practical examples of your skills.
  • Choose action words carefully to provide clear information to the employer.
  • Emphasise your achievements.
  • Keep it concise: 2-3 pages is optimal.
  • Use a standard font such as 10-12 point Arial.
  • Use plain white paper (this is easy to photocopy).
  • Staple/paper clip on top left corner (this makes photocopying easier).
  • Use a consistent layout throughout the document.
  • Ensure your spelling and grammar are accurate (this shows attention to detail).
  • Avoid using abbreviations and jargon (these can be misinterpreted)
  • Ensure the most important information is in a prominent position.
  • Include points of difference to make you stand out (awards and scholarships, previous positions of responsibility, etc).

How to write a good cover letter

Your cover letter and your CV are two parts of the same application, and should complement each other. Both should closely target the employer’s requirements, and show you as a well-researched and professional prospective employee.

Tailor your cover letter

  • Read the job description. If it isn’t part of the ad, call the employer and ask for a copy.
  • Research the employer by looking at their website, brochures, business directories, annual reports, and mentions in the news media.
  • Think about the particular aspects of your study and work that are relevant to the employer, rather than trying to emphasise the breadth of what you have done.
  • Communicate your enthusiasm and suitability for the role.
  • Build a connection with the employer in whatever way you can. Do you have contacts in the company? Mention what you found out about them through your research.

Cover letter formatting

  • Use the same style of font and quality of paper as you use for your CV.
  • Keep your cover letter to one page.
  • Use a business letter format.
  • Remember to sign the cover letter if you are sending a hard copy.
  • Check for mistakes in spelling or grammar.
  • Get someone to proof-read it for you.
  • Write a confident ending.

Examples of CVs and cover letters

There are many ways to prepare CVs and cover letters. Login to MyCDES+ for some examples .

Application forms

Some employers will ask you to complete an application form. This may also happen if you are applying through a job agency. 

  • Tailor your application information to the company and the job.
  • Include examples of your achievements.
  • Include numbers and statistics that demonstrate your achievements or responsibilities.
  • Check your spelling and grammar.
  • Some applications can be saved so you can review it before submitting it. If this is not possible, download the form and handwrite a draft.
  • Large employers may use software to shortlist candidates. This scans the CV or form for keywords and ranks applications by number of hits. The job ad and job description will give you clues about keywords to use in your CV and application.

CDES workshops and checking service

We hold regular CV and cover letter workshops in Room 151, Level 1, Kate Edger Information Commons, for all students, as well as in faculties with specific industry information and examples. Find out more about workshops .

We highly recommend using our online CV checker, CV360 , or attending a workshop before you come along to CV drop-in or make a one-on-one appointment with a Career Development Consultant. You can access CV360 in MyCDES+. Upload your CV now, where you will get instant feedback on the file type, presentation, structure, content, skills and language and then head over to the cover letter builder.

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CV & Cover Letter tips

Use these tips to ensure you give yourself the best opportunity for an interview.

Creating your CV

There is no-one-way to write a CV, but you should always try and incorporate these points.

  • 2 pages maximum.
  • Presentation counts. Your CV should have a clear layout and be easy to navigate.
  • Make sure there are no spelling mistakes, and that punctuation and grammar are used correctly.
  • Explain any gaps in your CV.
  • Build skills and achievements into your previous experience.
  • Most firms and organisations will have tips their application process on their website, make sure you look at these before you apply.
  • Tailor your CV to the opportunity that you are applying for.
  • Make sure that you use the careers service at your university to ensure you get all the support available for everything to do with your career.

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Tips for your cover letter

When writing a cover letter, ensure you research the firm that you are applying to. If nothing else, please ensure that you check their website.

  • Start strongly and be clear in why you want this position. Why should the employer consider you? Articulate your reasons for applying and why you’re special.
  • Do not use bullet points.
  • Personalise your letter to the role and organisation – a lot of students end up putting the wrong organisation on their cover letter when making multiple applications. Make sure you do not do this, as these applications are likely to be rejected.
  • Be succinct with highlights and key achievements.
  • Do not regurgitate from the website.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Some organizations ask you to complete an application form instead of submitting a cover letter. Do not state ‘refer to CV’ or copy and paste the relevant part of your CV into your application form, fill out the answer in full (even if there is repetition).
  • Talk to the advisers at your career service at your university.

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Having screened thousands of CVs and created CVs for family and friends, I decided to turn my passion into a business to assist others in landing their dream job.

The CV Studio was established so I could maintain a work/life balance, creating professional, affordable CVs and Cover Letters, while watching my young family grow. Although based in Auckland, I service clients throughout New Zealand, Australia, India, South Africa, and the UK (to name a few - if you're unsure if I can assist, just ask).

CVs should have colour, be accurate, not too long, and best reflect you and the role you’re applying for. Although an excellent investment in your future, they shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg, and that's what I'd like to offer. 

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  1. CV and cover letter templates

    Use our CV and cover letter templates by saving them to your computer If you don't want to use CV Builder, you can use the templates on this page to create your CV and cover letter. Save and name your templated CV and cover letter When you download the templates, remember to save them on your computer as a Word document and a PDF.

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    What's available 'Build my CV' service A free service to help you write or rewrite your CV and cover letter. It's run by the Auckland Business Chamber, and it's available online and by phone throughout New Zealand. You can sign up if you're getting Jobseeker Support or Sole Parent Support.

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    Home Job hunting Create CVs, cover letters and profiles How to write a cover letter How to write a cover letter How to write a cover letter employers will want to read. What's on this page? Cover letter basics Make your cover letter easy to read What to put in your cover letter Cover letter template Find out more Cover letter basics

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  5. Develop a New Zealand-style CV

    Most New Zealand employers expect a cover letter with your CV when you apply for a job. A cover letter is a 'sales pitch' about why you think you are ideal for the job.

  6. How to write an NZ cover letter (with examples and templates)

    Along with your CV, a cover letter is essential to any NZ job application. Let's get you started. Every New Zealand job application should include a cover letter. This document is key to showing an employer you're serious about their vacancy, and for demonstrating what you bring to the table.

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    Drop in with your CV and cover letter. Come and see us at drop-in to get your CV and cover letter reviewed. Located in the red booths on Level 1, OGGB, between 12-2pm, Monday to Friday, during undergraduate teaching periods.You don't need to make an appointment. During semester 1 2022 it will be held online.

  8. How to Write a Cover Letter: Template & Tips

    The document is a Word file. To download, your device must support this, but we will also send you an e-mail with the document. Cover letter advice Recruiters & hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications for each job. You need to start with a great cover letter to gain attention. Learn how with this video from Hays.

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    "I'm starting out my career in…" You want to open your cover letter by giving the reader a sense of who you are and why you're interested in the role. Alternatively, you could pick an element of the role or field that is exciting and start on that.

  10. CVs, cover letters and applications

    Your cover letter and your CV are two parts of the same application, and should complement each other. Both should closely target the employer's requirements, and show you as a well-researched and professional prospective employee. Tailor your cover letter Read the job description. If it isn't part of the ad, call the employer and ask for a copy.

  11. Job winning CV Templates 2024 (Free) · CVapp.nz

    A clean and straight-forward dual-tone CV, perfect for bringing your professional story to life. pdf. docx. Prague. Free CV templates that gets you hired faster Pick a Modern, Simple, Creative or Professional CV template. Download in 5 min. (PDF, Word)

  12. How to write a CV and cover letter: Careers

    Give the name and location of each employer, your position title and the time you spent in the position. Identify key responsibilities, experience, skills and achievements relevant to the job you're applying for. Referees (optional) - If you'd rather not provide referees in your CV, bring the names to the interview or provide them when ...

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    Create CVs, cover letters and profiles How to write a CV How to write a CV How to write a CV employers will want to read. What's on this page? Two types of CV Make your CV easy to read What to put in your CV What not to put in your CV Name and contact details Objective and personal statement Skills Work history and work or volunteer experience

  15. Tips for creating a New Zealand-style CV

    Put yourself in the employer's place. 6. Get it checked. 7. Write a cover letter. 1. Keep it short. Your current CV may include information about every job or course you've ever done but, in New Zealand, CVs are usually only two to three pages long. Employers mainly want to know if you can do the job.

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    Creating your CV. There is no-one-way to write a CV, but you should always try and incorporate these points. 2 pages maximum. Presentation counts. Your CV should have a clear layout and be easy to navigate. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes, and that punctuation and grammar are used correctly. Explain any gaps in your CV.

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  18. CV Studio

    The CV Studio was established so I could maintain a work/life balance, creating professional, affordable CVs and Cover Letters, while watching my young family grow. Although based in Auckland, I service clients throughout New Zealand, Australia, India, South Africa, and the UK (to name a few - if you're unsure if I can assist, just ask). CVs ...

  19. How To Write A Cover Letter

    step 1. who should you address your cover letter to? Where possible, you should always personalise your cover letter.

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    Use two or three key examples. Research the employer online and show how your skills can be useful to the employer.] In support of my application I have attached a copy of my CV. It shows that I will bring important skills to the position, including: [Bullet-point your skills that are relevant to the position]

  21. New Zealand Style CV/Resume Cover letter|How to find Job in New Zealand

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  22. Cover Letter · CVapp.nz

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  23. How to Write a Cover Letter

    Justified alignment looks neater and more professional. If you are using MS Word to write your cover letter, select the text and press "CTRL + J". Leave two line spaces between the date and the body of the letter. Leave one line space between paragraphs and do not indent for a more modern look.

  24. Cover Letter Samples and Templates

    When you're applying for a job, a cover letter lets you show a personal side and demonstrate why hiring you is a smart decision. Cover letters should be around three paragraphs long and include specific examples from your past experience that make you qualified for the position. A cover letter should include the following parts: Header ...