Your cover letter provides prospective employers with their first impression of you.
Everyone who sends a résumé should submit it with a cover letter. Although in the OPS
a cover letter is not mandatory, your cover letter is the ideal tool to display how you
meet the qualifications of the specific job you are applying to.
A cover letter allows you to:
Supplement the information included in your résumé.
Emphasize the knowledge and skills you have in relation to the qualifications of
Convey in a narrative format what unique qualities you can bring to the position.
Enhance your résumé by adding a more personal touch to the package.
The OPS is requesting that applications for OPS positions should not exceed five
pages. When considering the ideal length of your cover letter, the length and content
should be appropriate for the position to which you are applying. Aim for a cover letter
that is one to two page(s) in length.
To help you write a cover letter, consider the following tips:
1. Be concise. The ideal length for a cover letter is between one to two page(s).
Be sure to emphasize the Job ID and position you are applying for as well as
your key skills and accomplishments that fit the role.
Avoid repeating information.
Avoid including irrelevant information, remember your cover letter is a
career marketing tool, not an autobiography.
Edit unnecessary words.
2. Tailor your cover letter to the qualifications of the job advertisement.
Focus on the duties that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
Focus on your most recent experience and accomplishments.