Recruitment tips: your cover letter

Your cover letter is your first opportunity to create a positive impression on us, and our first opportunity to learn more about you. Check out our top tips for writing a strong cover letter.

"One of the most common questions I receive from students is how to stand out during the first stage of the clerkship recruitment process. We're interested in learning more about you and why you want to work for us. A well-written cover letter can help demonstrate your skills, experiences and achievements, as well as your interest in a career in law at our firm."

Eleni Carkagis - Graduate Resourcing Consultant

Your cover letter is your first opportunity to create a positive impression on us, and our first opportunity to learn more about you. Check out our top tips for writing a strong cover letter.

Know your key selling messages. What do you bring to the table? Consider your values, skills, experiences and achievements.

Write a letter! Your cover letter should be a one-page document set out like a formal letter. Keep it simple; be clear and concise. Address your letter to the Graduate Resourcing Consultant in your location.

Structure your writing.

Aim to divide your cover letter into three main paragraphs:

  1. Why are you writing? Clarify the role you are applying for and any details that are important for the role. For example, "I am writing to apply for a position in your 2021/22 Clerkship Program in Sydney"; "I am in my penultimate year of a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Law degree."
  2. Why do you want to work for us? Tailor your message. Demonstrate your research into the firm. Are you inspired by our purpose and values? Are you interested in a particular practice area? Are there specific matters that we have worked on that resonate with you?
  3. Why you? Consider your key selling messages. Include accomplishments statements and support them with examples. What sets you apart from other applicants?

Don't repeat what's in your resume. Write your resume first; it will help you decide what to showcase in your cover letter.

Proofread your letter! Check for any accidental errors. Ask someone else to proofread your letter too. Ensure all details are correct before you submit.

Craft a well-written cover letter and create a lasting impact at the first stage of the recruitment process.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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