No one is going to read this in depth until the interview.
FORMATTING is key.
Make sure that it is incredibly easy to scan your CV and pull out key achievements.
Your cover letter is going to tell me where you want to go (and maybe draw some attention to highlights of your past) but the CV tells me what you’ve done so far.
This job ad has a HUGE list of requirements. You do not have space to address all of them in your cover letter. So make sure they’re in your CV!
I WANT to hire you.
Advocate for yourself in the CV.
Go through the job description and make sure that every piece of experience that provides evidence for why you can do this job is IN THE DOCUMENT!
Which lines in the document am I going to point to?
It takes too much cognitive load to trawl through big paragraphs of text.
LESS IS MORE.
But it has to be easy to scan.
Bullet points and links are lovely.
With effort & a lot of thought, you CAN write a shorter letter.
I don’t think with all the requirements in this job ad that you can submit 1 page (KUDOS if you can though!) but 2 is enough.
Read the values document.
Think about why this position aligns with your career goals.
TELL ME THAT STORY.
What do you bring that the team doesn’t have? What will I learn from you?
TELL ME of your collaborative successes. Model best practice by celebrating others in your teams. Make me excited to work with you!
You can’t tell me your whole life story.
Use the cover letter to focus my attention on aspects of your CV, but don’t repeat them!
DO link your CV and cover letter to the requirements and the responsibilities of the role.
DO NOT go through the items on the job ad one by one in order.
CURATE your application.
Tell me who you are and what you’d like to do.
Make it easy for me to check the box that says YOU are the best fit for the role.
I BELIEVE IN YOU.
Specific technical experience is not as important as your ability to learn new skills and to communicate across diverse communities.
One last big share before the deadline on THURSDAY 17 JAN!!
I’m SO EXCITED to read your applications. 🥳🤩🥰😍🤪🙀👾