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Introduction

When it comes to applying for a government job, your cover letter can make or break your chances of landing the position. It is your first opportunity to make a strong impression on the hiring manager (which might be in HR or your new boss) and showcase your skills and qualifications. In this article, we will discuss how to write an effective cover letter for government jobs, including tips and best practices.

Components of Cover Letter

A cover letter typically includes the following components:

1. Contact Information

This includes your;

a. Full name, 

b. Address, 

c. Phone number,  

d. Email address, 

e. The date,

f. The contact information of the employer or hiring manager you are addressing.

2. Salutation

This is the greeting at the beginning of your letter. You should address the recipient by name if possible (if it’s not on the position description, see what you can find out via the Org Chart or LinkedIn), or, if absolutely necessary, use a generic greeting such as;

a. “Dear Hiring Manager” 

b. “To Whom It May Concern.”

3. Introduction

In the opening paragraph, you should briefly introduce yourself and state the position you are applying for. You might also mention how you learned about the job opening or why you are interested in the company.

The body of your letter should explain why you are a good fit for the job. You can highlight your relevant skills and experience, and provide specific examples of your accomplishments that demonstrate your qualifications for the position.

In the closing paragraph, you should express your enthusiasm for the job and thank the employer for considering your application. You might also include a sentence about following up on your application, such as “I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my suitability with you further.”

6. Signature

End the letter with a professional closing, such as “Sincerely” or “Kind regards,” followed by your full name and signature.

Mechanics of writing a cover letter for Australian Government Jobs

When writing a cover letter for an Australian Government job, there are a few specific things to keep in mind. Here are some tips for the mechanics of writing a cover letter for Australian Government jobs:

1. Format your Letter According to the Guidelines

The Australian Government often has specific guidelines for formatting cover letters, so be sure to follow them closely. This may include using a certain font and font size, including specific information in your header and footer, and using a certain file format.

2. Address The Key Selection Criteria

Many Australian Government jobs require applicants to address key selection criteria in their cover letter. These criteria are usually listed in the job description or selection documentation, and you will need to provide specific examples of how you meet each one.

3. Use Clear and Concise Language

Be sure to use clear and concise language in your cover letter. Avoid using technical jargon or acronyms that the reader may not understand, and make sure your sentences are easy to follow.

4. Showcase your Achievements and Experience

Use your cover letter to highlight your relevant experience and achievements. Provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated the skills and experience required for the job.

5. Use A Professional Tone

Your cover letter should be written in a professional tone. Avoid using slang or colloquial language, and make sure your letter is free from spelling and grammar errors. Get someone else to proofread the letter for you if you can.

6. Tailor Your Letter To The Job

Finally, make sure you tailor your cover letter to the specific job you are applying for. Research the organisation and the job requirements, and make sure your letter demonstrates how you are a good fit for the position.

How to Write a Cover Letter for a Government Job

1. research the job and organisation.

Before you start writing your cover letter, it is important to research the job and organisation you are applying to. This will help you tailor your letter to the specific requirements and needs of the position and demonstrate your understanding of the organisation’s mission and values.

Take some time to review the job posting and make note of the key qualifications, responsibilities, and requirements. You should also explore the organisation’s website and social media channels to gain a better understanding of its culture and priorities.

2. Address the Hiring Manager

When writing your cover letter, it is important to address the hiring manager by name if possible. This shows that you have taken the time to research the organisation and demonstrates your professionalism.

If you cannot find the hiring manager’s name, address the letter to the appropriate department or use a generic greeting such as “Dear Hiring Manager.”

3. Introduce Yourself and Your Interest in the Position

Your first paragraph should introduce yourself and express your interest in the position. Be sure to mention the specific job title and explain why you are interested in the position and organisation.

For example, you might write:

“I am writing to express my strong interest in the Policy Analyst position with the Department of Health and Human Services. As a passionate advocate for public health and a skilled analyst, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the Department’s important work in this area.”

4. Highlight Your Skills and Qualifications

In the next few paragraphs, you should highlight your relevant skills and qualifications. This is where you can really demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the job.

Refer back to the job posting and make sure to address each of the key qualifications and responsibilities. Use specific examples and metrics to illustrate your experience and accomplishments.

For example:

“As a Policy Analyst with over five years of experience in the public health sector, I have developed a strong understanding of policy development and analysis. In my current role at the National Institute of Health, I led the development of a comprehensive policy framework for reducing tobacco use among youth, which resulted in a 20% decrease in youth smoking rates over two years. I also collaborated with stakeholders across the government and private sector to develop a national public education campaign on the dangers of vaping.”

5. Emphasise Your Fit with the Organisation

In addition to highlighting your skills and qualifications, it is important to emphasise your fit with the organisation. This can include your alignment with the organisation’s mission and values, your experience working in a similar environment, and your ability to work collaboratively with others.

For example;

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the Department of Health and Human Services because of its commitment to promoting the health and well-being of all Australians. My experience working in the public health sector has prepared me well for the challenges of this role, and I am confident that my skills in policy development and analysis, as well as my ability to collaborate effectively with stakeholders, will enable me to make a valuable contribution to the Department’s work.”

6. Close with a Strong Call to Action

Finally, your cover letter should close with a strong call to action. This should include a clear statement of your interest in moving forward with the application process and your contact information.

“Thank you for considering my application for the Policy Analyst position with the Department of Health and Human Services. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my qualifications in more detail and to learn more.”

Overall, writing a strong cover letter is an essential part of applying for a government job. By taking the time to research the position and organisation, tailor your letter to the job requirements, and highlight your skills and qualifications, you can increase your chances of landing the job you want.

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How to create a job winning government cover letter or EOI

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When addressing an EOI, or submitting a cover letter, you still need to address the selection criteria,but instead of answering them in a separate document, simply address the requirements (either directly or indirectly) within the resume and the 2-page cover letter.

Ensure that your resume incorporates all your skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the position, including incorporating ALL your tangible achievements that demonstrates your capacity to undertake the position (really emphasise your achievements).   You can even use relevant selection criteria methodology within your resume, such as using a STAR – (see example below):

Operations Manager

Woodside Energy (October 2013 – Present)

Instrumental in ensuring organisational compliance with Workplace Health & Safety (The situation and task)

  • Designed policy and established training and induction program (action/activity)
  • Delivered training across the organisation (action/activity)
  • Company awarded Small Contractor Award for Workplace Health & Safety (Result/achievement)
  • Lifted overall company performance, by 60% (Result/achievement)

**Don’t incorporate the wording situation and task, action/activity and result/achievement – I just included these for your benefit, so you can see how in practice how this selection criteria model can be utilised within your resume).

Indirectly address all the relevant selection criteria within your 2-page cover letter, by summarising your relevant experience and highlighting what you have achieved.   It is unnecessary to provide a separate heading for each selection criterion if you don’t have the space, but make sure you check that all the agency requirements have been addressed before sending in the application (including any desirables).

If you do have the space, you can prepare mini selection criteria responses. For example, if the selection criteria are broken into the headings, Achieves Results, Contributes to Strategic Direction, Communicates with Influence etc. you can use the heading, Achieves results and use a very brief example outlining a project, or task the demonstrates your suitability against the job.

Include (any) relevant training relating to position in either your cover letter or resume.

Example framework for a typical 2-page Government cover letter

In the opening incorporate, one or more of the following:

  • An understanding of the agency
  • Your enthusiasm and passion for the job
  • How you can help solve their problems, make money or save money for them

Keep this very tight and short, as you want to save the space for addressing specific requirements.

The Corroboration :

This is where you show an intelligent understanding of the job and how you fill those needs.   Key strategies:

  • Utilise and mirror the language used in the job advertisement.   If they require someone that is energetic, use the word energetic or a similar word to describe your soft skills.
  • Outline your work history that is relevant to the position.
  • Talk about your achievements and quantifiable successes, including using the STAR method.
  • Use a checklist to ensure that you have addressed the bulk of the selection criteria listed in the job advertisement.

The close:   A confident finish that invites the reader to take further action.

For example:

Thank you for taking the time to review my application and I look forward to the opportunity to meeting with the selection panel.

If you need examples or more detailed instructions on how to prepare these EOI, 2-page cover letters, I have outlined this in my ebook, How to GET IN and GET PROMOTED in the Public Service Sector.

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Cover letters

A cover letter includes an introduction to yourself, and a summary of how your experience matches the job description.  

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What to include

  • A professional introduction Address your cover letter to the contact person in the job advertisement. If there is no contact person, find out who to address your application to, or address to the “Hiring manager”. Tell them what job you are applying for, and where you saw it advertised. Address the person formally. For example, if their name is Jane Smith, write ‘Dear Ms Smith’, rather than Jane.
  • A personal summary Write 1 or 2 sentences about why you are applying for the job and a statement explaining how your skills and experience are relevant to the role. 
  • How your experience matches the job Read the job advertisement closely. Write about how your work experience, skills and training would make you a suitable person for the position described, based on the selection criteria in the job advertisement or the position description. 
  • A polite conclusion Sum up the letter by restating your suitability for the position due to your skills, experience and how the values or goals of the organisation are aligned with yours. Thank the employer for their time and consideration. End the letter by saying you look forward to an opportunity to discuss the job further. 
  • Your name and contact details Make sure the employer knows how to contact you.  

How to format

  • The right length Your cover letter should be 1 page. Employers are busy and may have many job applications to read.
  • Simple design Make your cover letter easy to read. Use Calibri or Arial font in size 11. If you need help with the layout,  here is some inspiration . Do not include images or colours.  

Additional tips

  • No mistakes Check for spelling and grammatical mistakes before sending your letter.
  • Tailored content Always write your cover letter specifically for each role and organisation. Avoid sending a generic cover letter to multiple organisations.

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What to include on a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).

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Writing your application

When preparing your application, there are some key things we need to know about you. Focus on how your knowledge, skills, and abilities match those needed for the job. Applicants who are able to do this are more likely to progress through the application process.

Think about what you did in other jobs and your achievements. You can draw on your experiences from other contexts to show how you have relevant skills. These might be from:

  • volunteer activities
  • casual work
  • university, TAFE or school if you have limited work experience.

This will help you to write a cover letter, update your resume and respond to targeted questions.

If the job ad requests a cover letter, you must submit one with your application to be considered for the role.

Writing a cover letter

Good cover letters use the STAR method to structure your work examples by explaining the Situation, Task, Action and Result. Your cover letter should:

  • include any specific information requested in the job ad
  • address the focus capabilities listed in the job ad, look through the Capability Framework for details on what these mean
  • showcase your achievements in past jobs or from other contexts, for example volunteer work
  • show us that you have most of the skills we are looking for
  • tell us about your passions and interests
  • explain why you want the job
  • show us how your current skills are transferable to new situations
  • show why you are a good fit for the agency and NSW Public Service.

If the job involves managing a team, tell us about important things you did before such as how you supported your team to deliver for the business.

A good cover letter:

  • is brief (usually 1 to 2 pages)
  • uses plain English
  • is well structured
  • is specific to the job you are applying for
  • uses specific examples of what you’ve done and what you’ve achieved.

Writing a resume

Your resume (also known as curriculum vitae or CV) is a summary of your:

  • qualifications

A resume needs to be up-to-date, clear, concise and well organised. It is best if you can tailor the content to the job you are applying for.

As a guide, your resume could include the following sections:

  • Personal details – your name and contact details.
  • Summary – a brief introduction about you, your work experience, training and interests.
  • Education – qualifications and relevant training.
  • employer / organisation / agency
  • dates of employment
  • your responsibilities
  • your achievements.
  • Other information such as skills, achievements, and relevant memberships.
  • Referees – name, title and contact details.

Do not include copies of qualifications with your resume or application unless asked.

Answering targeted questions

Targeted questions are open-ended questions. They may ask you to:

  • explain how you’ve shown your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a certain situation
  • describe why you’re interested in working for the agency or in the NSW Public Service.

They are often designed to find out about your capabilities and if these suit the role. Capabilities are:

  • transferable knowledge (theoretical or practical understanding of a subject)
  • skills (developed through training, experience, or practice)
  • abilities relevant to a job.

They come from the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework.

Responding to targeted questions on capabilities

A targeted question on capabilities asks you to describe how you used your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a certain situation.

To answer this type of question you should:

  • Read the question to identify the information you need to give us, looking for key words.
  • capability description explains what the capability covers
  • behavioural indicators describe the behaviours or actions at different levels for each capability
  • key accountabilities give a high-level summary of the outcomes the role is expected to deliver.
  • Use the behavioural indicators to help you think of a relevant example of what you did in other jobs or contexts.
  • Be specific – don’t tell us what you think you might do in the situation – tell us what you did.
  • Use full sentences, check your spelling and grammar, and stay within the word limit.
  • Remember communication skills are important for all jobs.

Use the STAR method to structure your work examples by explaining the Situation, Task, Action and Result.

Example: Responding to a targeted question about your capabilities

The following question is about the 'Commit to Customer Service' intermediate capability.

Give an example of a situation where you provided services that were customer-focused.

How to respond:

  • Use the behavioural indicators to prompt you on customer service actions and responsibilities
  • Where were you working?
  • What was your job?
  • Describe a customer problem you identified.
  • Explain why it was a problem.
  • Tell us what you did to resolve it. If you did something as part of a team, be specific about your role
  • Tell us what happened because of what you did – describe the impact on the customer experience.

Responding to targeted questions about your interests

Sometimes targeted questions ask you about:

  • your reasons for applying for a job
  • why you want the job
  • why you want to work in the agency
  • why you want to work in the NSW Public Service.

These types of questions give you the chance to tell us about what drives and motivates you.

  • Read the question and look for key words that will help you respond. These questions are often framed to get a personal response.
  • Review the role description to help you think about what’s involved in the job.
  • Think about what we are looking for in asking this question. Our merit principles put importance on fit for the role and agency. Not only on capabilities, knowledge and experience.
  • Write your response with honesty and passion.
  • Use full sentences, check your spelling and grammar and stay within the word limit.

Example: Responding to a targeted question about your interests

Tell us why you want to work for the NSW Public Service.

  • Explain what attracted you to want to work for the NSW Government.
  • Describe why the job stood out for you.
  • Tell us why you suit the job.
  • How does the job fit with my values and standards?
  • Have I always wanted to work in this occupation or sector?
  • Is this the next step in my career journey?
  • Will the job help me to serve my community?
  • Relate your passions and interests to what the job offers you.

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The Best Cover Letter examples in Australia in 2022 will prompt a prospective employer to read your Resume. They do this by demonstrating how your skills and experience align with those sought after by the employer.

By briefly outlining how you can add value to their business, the hiring manager will see that you are someone worth investigating further.

Oftentimes, however, an application will be dismissed before the Resume is even read, as a result of mistakes in the Cover Letter.

Cover Letters play a massive role in whether you get called in for an interview or not. According to a survey conducted by ResumeLab, 83% of recruiters believe that Cover Letters are important in making hiring decisions, and can even convince recruiters to schedule an interview with an applicant despite a poor Resume.

While writing your Cover Letter, you may not be realising that you are making mistakes that are severely impacting your chances at securing the job. Our experts have analysed 100+ Cover Letter examples to highlight the most common mistakes to avoid.

It’s good to get into the habit of understanding these mistakes now before you jeopardise your chances of securing employment any further!

Here are the most important Cover Letter mistakes to avoid:

Best Cover Letter Examples: Avoid Typographical Errors

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Most hiring companies in Australia are looking for people with outstanding communication skills.

Communication skills are one of the most important soft skills to have when looking for a job. Demonstrating high-quality communication skills helps to build trust, boost teamwork and furthers your professional relationships.

This will usually include written skills, as well as, verbal communication skills. Your Cover Letter is your first opportunity to show your prospective employer that you have the necessary language capabilities.

Typographical and grammatical errors will often see your application rejected immediately.

Here are some tips:

  • Make sure to use a spellchecker after drafting your Cover Letter . This is an easy step that you shouldn’t overlook! If your Cover Letter contains any spelling errors or typos, this immediately sends the message that the rest of your application is weak too.
  • Re-read it to make sure the content is grammatically and contextually correct. Present yourself in a strong and accurate way!
  • Ask someone else to read through it as well. Sometimes we can miss some obvious mistakes as we have read the content a number of times and are ‘too close to it’. Having someone else read your Cover Letter to check for any mistakes is always a fantastic idea!

Best Cover Letters in Australia: Avoid using a standard or generic Cover Letter

You need to tailor your Cover Letter to the position you are applying for, and the best Cover Letter examples in Australia have shown that.

One of the quickest ways to have your application overlooked is to send out a generic Cover Letter which does not address the specific key selection criteria or skill set required.

Things to include in a tailored Cover Letter in Australia are:

  • Your contact information like email address, mobile number and LinkedIn Profile
  • The position you are applying for
  • The skills and experience you have which qualify you as being suitable for this specific job
  • An example of how you applied as many of those skills in a previous role – this should directly tie in with one of the key selection criteria listed in the job advertisement
  • The name of the organisation you are applying to; the name of the hiring manager and change the date of your Cover Letter if you are using a template from a previous application

Best Cover Letters Template Tips: Don’t write too much!

Your Cover Letter should be concise, encouraging the hiring manager to want to learn more about you by reading your Resume, and, ultimately, inviting you to an interview.

By rambling on too much and including unnecessary information, you risk alienating yourself and having your application dismissed. Recruiters love simple, short and concise Cover Letters. Get to the point!

Keep your Cover Letter to one page, highlighting your most relevant achievements and skills, always ensuring they match the key selection criteria stated in the position description.

Best Cover Letters in Australia: Avoid buzzwords

Using Buzzwords or clichés in your Cover Letter shows a lack of imagination and effort. You don’t want to give off the impression to recruiters of being unoriginal or lazy, do you?

Simply recycling those qualities listed in a job ad word-for-word and attributing them to yourself won’t do you much good. Without giving concrete examples of how they apply to you will see your application immediately brushed aside. Examples of such buzz words include: “team player”, “good communication skills”, “hard worker”, and “detail-oriented”.

Don’t just tell them you’re a hard worker, show them! Back-up your statements. You can do this by detailing specific tasks and outcomes you were responsible for, and successful at, while in your previous role(s).

Your Cover Letter and Resume may promise a certain level of personality or value, which is what will get you an interview, but once you’re face-to-face with a recruiter, that level of value will need to be made evident.

Best Cover Letters: Include appropriate personal details

Personal details such as your age, hobbies, and marital status should not be included in your Cover Letter .

Not only are they usually irrelevant to the job you are applying for, but they could also give the person reading your Cover Letter an excuse to dismiss your application without having read your Resume.

An employer wants to see how your previous work experience relates to the position on offer.  So, unless your outside interests are pertinent to the role, it’s best to not include them in your Cover Letter.

Best Cover Letters: Don’t exaggerate or lie about skills or experience

Sometimes job seekers are tempted to exaggerate their skills or experience to improve their chances of obtaining an interview. This is a big mistake.

Whether the prospective employer asks you about it during an interview or calls your previous employer to ask them, you will nearly always be found out.

It is much better to really think about how your actual experience relates to the qualities and key selection criteria being sought after. Once you have found qualitative and quantitative examples of this experience, aim to express this honestly and in your own words.

Even if you don’t have enough experience required for the job you’re applying for, you can overcome this by selling yourself in other ways.

A Cover Letter that highlights your achievements and includes similar projects or relatable experience can work in your favour. This will provide evidence of your value in terms of accomplishments which is what recruiters want to know about.

Also, if you’re qualified in any way, you can sell this in a Cover Letter or in the interview to convince recruiters of your value, regardless of any gaps in your experience, skill set or job history.

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To conclude, a good Cover Letter is a pivotal factor in the job application and job interview process. A Cover Letter should be well-written and engaging, and should convince the hiring manager that you are the best candidate.

A Cover Letter is a brief introduction of a job applicant that captures the employer’s attention and conveys competence, professionalism, and enthusiasm. The Cover Letter should provide some basic facts about the applicant such as their current position, career goals, and key skills.

To help you develop the perfect Cover Letter, download our free Cover Letter Template today to get started! Our Cover Letter template includes tips and advice from top Australian recruiters which will help you catch the recruiter’s attention – so you land a job in 2022.

The template can be customised to apply for jobs in all industries including Information Technology, Engineering, Business, Finance, and Accounting.

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If you would like one-to-one support to create a high-quality and impactful Cover Letter to get more job interviews and jobs in Australia, please feel free to get in touch.

We wish you all the best in your job search! Careers Team, Career Success Australia

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How to write a resume and cover letter

A resume is a written record of your education, skills and experience. It provides a summary of your work history, training and knowledge.

A CV (curriculum vitae) is similar but tends to be longer and more detailed. Although both terms are often used in Australia, we will refer to resumes here.

As well as your resume, you will need a cover letter to accompany your job application. It should be short and specific, highlighting your skills and experience in relation to the position you are applying for.

Your resume and cover letter is your first chance to convince an employer that you are the right person for the job.

Before you begin writing your resume, think about your work history and note your achievements and skills.

The layout of your resume should be neat, simple and easy to read. Aim for 1–3 pages, depending on how long you have been in the workforce. Employers often have to read multiple job applications so use headings and dot points to make your resume easy to read.

Employers will be looking for your:

  • contact details
  • career strengths
  • employment history
  • education and training achievements

Read more about how to write an effective resume .

If you need help with formatting, resume templates are provided with some word processors (e.g. Microsoft Word) and are available online.

Go online to find templates, cover letters, resume examples and advice about how to apply for jobs (e.g. myfuture ).

Cover letters

Your cover letter is an important component of your application and should:

  • introduce you to the employer
  • identify the position you are applying for
  • convey your enthusiasm for the position
  • highlight the stand-out qualities that make you a great candidate
  • inspire the reader to continue reading your application (cover letters are not a summary of your resume).

You only need to write a 1 page cover letter and address it directly to the employer or contact person for the job.

All cover letters should be tailored to suit that particular job.

Learn more about writing good cover letters .

Selection criteria

Some jobs (especially government jobs) will ask you to meet particular requirements or selection criteria. Selection criteria may also be known as core or key capabilities.

Your responses should demonstrate, with relevant examples, that you have the required experience, skills and abilities to do the job. Be succinct and use dot points where appropriate.

Read more about how to write selection criteria .

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How to Write a Cover Letter for Queensland Government

Writing a cover letter for a position in the Queensland government follows a similar structure to a standard cover letter but with a focus on addressing specific criteria and qualifications outlined in the job posting. You should address it to the recipient, include your contact information, an introductory paragraph, a middle section addressing the role requirements, and a concluding paragraph.

Recipient’s Information

Address your cover letter to the contact person, and selection panel. Use the person’s full name, rather than an abbreviation like “Mrs., or Mr.”, since you will not know the person’s gender.

Contact Information

Include your name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of the page.

Opening Paragraph

Start with a brief introduction stating the position you are applying for and how you heard about the job opportunity. Mention your enthusiasm for the role and working with the Queensland government.

Middle Paragraphs (Selection Criteria)

This is the core of your cover letter, where you address the specific points under the “How You Will Be Assessed” Section. You should incorporate examples in the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format:

Situation or Task: Describe the context or challenge you faced. Action: Explain what you did to address the situation or task. Result: Highlight the outcome or achievement resulting from your actions.

Be specific and provide examples from your past experiences that demonstrate your qualifications for each criterion. Ensure that you directly address how your skills and experiences align with the requirements of the role.

Closing Paragraph:

Summarise your interest in the position and your alignment with the Queensland government’s values and mission. Express your eagerness to discuss your qualifications in more detail during an interview.

Formatting:

Use a professional and readable font (e.g., Arial, Calibri) in 10-12 point size.

Keep your cover letter concise, adhering to length guidelines (usually 1-2 pages).

Proofread and Edit

Carefully proofread your cover letter for spelling, grammar, and formatting errors. Attention to detail is important in government applications.

Qld Government Cover Letter Example – Medical Records Administrator

This Queensland Health cover letter example ( selection criteria response ) was for the role of Medical Records Administrator. As required, this was a short 1 to 2 page cover letter outlining how the client’s experience, abilities and knowledge align with the organisational values, accountabilities and “How you will be Assessed” section of the Role Description.

Reviewing the role description, this was listed under “How you will be Assessed”: ​ You will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate the best fit for the role. Within the context of the responsibilities described under ‘The Role’, the ideal applicant will be someone who can demonstrate the following:

  • Proficiency in the use of computerised clinical information systems and databases.
  • Demonstrated sound numerical filing skills e.g. Using Terminal Digit Filing System.
  • Knowledge of Release of Information in accordance with Information Privacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both autonomously and within a team environment to achieve organisational and departmental goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks and flexible in managing workload to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to manage an extremely physically active workload, including frequent use of ladders and push/pulling of trolleys.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact professionally and sensitively with members of the public.

We developed the following Queensland Health cover letter, using the STAR format:

Dear Jane Example and Selection Panel, I am writing to express my interest in the Medical Records Administrator position at XXXX Hospital (Ref: QLD/XXXXXX). As a highly skilled and experienced administrative professional, I am confident that my abilities, experience, and knowledge align well with the organisational values, accountabilities, and assessment criteria outlined in the role description.

Throughout my career, I have gained extensive experience working with various electronic health records systems and am able to navigate and utilise these systems with ease. For example, in my previous role as a Medical Records Administrator at XYZ Hospital, I was responsible for managing and maintaining patient records utilising the hospital’s EHR system. I was able to quickly learn the system and was requested to train other staff members on how to use it effectively. As a result, the hospital was able to improve the efficiency of its patient record management and improve patient care.

I have experience using the Terminal Digit Filing System and am able to maintain accurate and organised records using this method. For example, while working at ABC Clinic, I was responsible for maintaining the clinic’s patient records using the Terminal Digit Filing System. I was able to quickly and efficiently file and retrieve patient records, which helped to improve the clinic’s patient care.

I also have knowledge of Release of Information in accordance with the Information Privacy Act. For example, while working at DEF Clinic, I was responsible for managing the release of patient information. One day, a patient’s family member presented in a state of distress, demanding to see their loved one’s medical records. I listened to the family member’s concerns, explaining the importance of maintaining patient privacy and the processes involved in accessing medical records. I then calmly and professionally guided them through the necessary steps and ensured that the information was provided to them in a timely and sensitive manner. The patient’s privacy was protected, and the family member left feeling reassured and satisfied. I was able to ensure that the clinic was in compliance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 and was able to avoid any legal issues related to the release of medical information.

I have a demonstrated ability to work effectively, both autonomously and within a team environment to achieve organisational and departmental goals. For example, while working at ABC Clinic, I was responsible for managing the clinic’s patient records. I was able to work autonomously to manage the clinic’s records, ensuring that all records were up to date and accurate. I was a key member of the clinic’s Quality Improvement team, where I worked closely with other team members to identify areas where the clinic could improve and implement changes to improve patient care. Through my efforts, the clinic was able to improve the efficiency of its patient record management and improve patient care. This also helped to build a strong and cohesive team environment, which had a positive impact on the staff’s morale and productivity.

I am highly skilled in prioritising tasks and managing my workload to meet deadlines. I understand the importance of being able to adapt to changing priorities and am able to manage competing tasks effectively. As well as consistently meeting required deadlines in my daily duties by using calendars and task lists effectively, I also strive to improve timeliness standards across the organisations I work. For example, In my previous role as Administration Supervisor at Medical Plus, I was responsible for facilitating contractor medicals. I noticed these were usually not meeting required deadlines according to Service Level Agreements. I overhauled the procedures for this role and implemented a structure which included daily duties that hadn’t been done in this role previously.  I was able to improve the turnaround for medicals from weeks to an average of 24 hours. 

I am physically fit and able to manage an extremely active workload, including frequent use of ladders and push/pulling of trolleys. I volunteer as a netball coach which involves frequent carrying and loading of heavy sports equipment like balls. I understand the importance of being able to perform the physical tasks required of the role and am confident that I have the necessary stamina and strength to do so.

I possess excellent communication skills and am able to interact professionally and sensitively with members of the public. In my previous role as Administration Supervisor at Medical Plus, I have demonstrated strong negotiation skills while undertaking debt collection tasks. I was required to contact companies/individuals in arrears by email and also telephone to follow up payment. At times I had to be firm and persistent. I was able to negotiate and implement payment plans for customers who were facing financial difficulties. I was able to obtain a positive result with recovery of full monies owed for a very high proportion of cases. I continued to also have positive relationships with the customers.

I am excited about the opportunity to apply my skills, experience, and knowledge to the role of Medical Records Administrator at XXXX Hospital. I am confident that my qualifications, experience, and passion make me an excellent candidate for the role, and I am eager to bring my skills and knowledge to the XXXX Hospital team.

Thank you for considering my application. I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this role further. Sincerely, ​ Client Name

Hopefully this Qld Government Cover Letter Example was helpful to you! If you need a hand with your government resume or application, please reach out for a  free quote .

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Use this guide to prepare and understand the key application documents.

Understanding the position description

Download and carefully read the position description along with any other documents attached to the job posting. The main areas to focus on are:

  • values — describes the values and behaviours that guide the organisation and which are expected of employees
  • accountabilities —  lists the day-to-day responsibilities and tasks of the job
  • key selection criteria — lists the qualities, knowledge and skills needed to do the job and which you need to respond to in your application
  • qualifications — specifies any formal or mandatory qualifications needed for the job 

If you have any questions about the job, contact the person mentioned in the job posting. And remember to save the position description for future reference, because when the job closes, the listing and attachments will be removed from this website.

Preparing your key documents

Your resume and a cover letter are the two key documents you usually need to apply for a job. During the online application process you may need to upload these documents or copy and paste from them.

A resume is the document that presents your personal information, education and work background in a clear and concise format. 

A well-presented resume highlights your qualities and can make you stand out as a good candidate for a selection panel. No single resume template is better — as long as it provides an easy-to-read structure. If you don't already have one, search the internet for a resume template.

Be sure to include any previous experience as well as volunteer work — even if you think it’s not relevant to the job. If you’re a student, include jobs or projects you did while studying. And include at least two referees with phone contacts.

All of this information shows the type of person you are, your skill set and work ethic.

Key selection criteria

Some roles require a response to key selection criteria. The key selection criteria lists the most important qualities you need to do the job. The criteria will specify things like personal values, knowledge, skills and experience. Here’s how to prepare a response to the selection criteria:

  • Create a separate document with a main heading 'Key selection criteria'.
  • Copy all of the selection criteria from the position description and paste under the heading.
  • Format each criteria item in bold.
  • Write a short statement (60 to 120 words) under each criteria item with examples of how you meet the criteria.

For detailed guidance and examples, see how to reply to key selection criteria .

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Wondering how to write an application letter for government employment that puts you ahead of other candidates? When you’re writing an application letter for the government (any branch), the pressure can feel extremely intense.

This article will explain how to write and tailor your cover letter for government positions. We’ll also provide a template and an example government job cover letter for you to use as a reference, and tips on how to add extra umph to your letter.

Key Takeaways

The most important first step in how to write application letter for a job of any kind is to research the job and organization you’re applying to.

Tailoring your cover letter to the government job you’re applying to will help improve your chances of getting to the second round of application reviews.

You should describe your qualifications as well as your passion for the position in your cover letter.

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Consider the following guidelines when tailoring your cover letter for a government position:

Firstly, research the agency. Every government agency has a different set of mission values and current programs.

Aligning your mindset and goals with those of the agency in your cover letter will improve your chances of receiving an interview .

Refrain from targeting your cover letter towards any particular agency program unless the job listing specifies that’s what you’ll be working on.

Secondly, understand the entire job listing before applying. Missing even a single job requirement when applying for a government position can be disastrous.

Third off, be specific. Rather than vaguely describing your experience , make sure to use numbers and statistics to explain your achievements’ exact results.

Lastly, Be brief. Just as is the case in the private sector, hiring managers will spend very little time reading over your government job cover letter.

Use succinct wording and make sure only to include highly relevant experiences, or you’ll risk the recruiter skimming over key information.

If an individual referred you, either mention them briefly or attach an entirely separate reference letter .

What to include in your government job cover letter

Your cover letter should be composed of the following sections:

First, Header. You should start your cover letter for government job formally, with your contact information, the recipient’s information, and the current date.

Your information should include your name, contact number, and email address.

Second, Introduction. Make sure to address the hiring manager with their appropriate title.

If you’re unable to find the hiring manager’s name , then use a generic professional greeting such as “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear Sir or Madam.”

Professional experience. Give a brief overview of your qualifications, skills , and experiences as a professional.

Ensure that every item you mention directly addresses the essential requirements and duties stated in the job listing.

Finally, conclusion. Thank the reader of your government cover letter for their time and consideration and reiterate your interest in the position. Express your interest in a way that invites follow-up action on the part of the recruiter.

A government job cover letter example ending may look like the following,

“I would love to discuss with you further how my lengthy experience and abilities could add value to the projects your agency is working on, such as the “Housing For All Initiative.”

To help you see what your cover letter should look like, we’ve included a template and example letter for you to refer to.

Cover letter template for government jobs

Refrain from simply substituting your details directly into the following template.

Instead, observe how the cover letter is structured and incorporates critical elements. Use this knowledge to draft your own document.

[Your full name] [Your phone number] [Your email address] [Current date] [Hiring manager’s full name] [Hiring manager’s mailing address ] Dear [Hiring manager’s full name], I am writing to convey my interest in the [target position] in the [target government agency]. [Align your personal values/objectives to those of the agency.] I believe my [number of years] of experience as a [relevant position] has given me the [key skills] to further your agency’s goal to [agency goal that you strongly relate to]. I have developed a well-rounded skill set through on-the-job experience that matches many of the key qualifications you are looking for, including: [Key qualification from job listing #1] [Key qualification from job listing #2] [Key qualification from job listing #3] [Previous professional experience that proves you meet qualification #1] [Previous professional experience that proves you meet qualification #2] [Previous professional experience that proves you meet qualification #3] I appreciate the time you have taken to read about my professional background. I look forward to further discussing with you how my extensive experience could greatly contribute to programs your agency is working on, such as [example of agency’s programs]. [sign off]

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Caleb Smith 888 555 9252 [email protected] March 19, 2020 David Helm U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 451 7th Street. SW Washington , DC 20410 Dear David Helm, I am writing to convey my interest in the program analyst position in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Amidst the economic havoc caused by the coronavirus, I feel compelled to use my expertise to aid those struggling to find shelter. I believe my 12 years of experience as a program analyst has given me the management and technical expertise to further your agency’s goal to improve the quality of housing available to Americans. I have developed a well-rounded skill set through on-the-job experience that matches many of the key qualifications you are looking for, including: Management analysis Team leadership Regulatory compliance During my time as a senior program analyst at TechX, I designed, developed, and supported live-use applications that were utilized by over 80,000 people. I also spearheaded management analyses that identified and performed process enhancements that improved operational efficiency by up to 23%. At TechX, I also oversaw multiple teams composed of members from completely different departments and backgrounds. I used my interpersonal and problem-solving skills to maintain team cohesion, which led us to exceed all project deadlines and expectations given to us over a five-year period. I also developed programs for multiple organizations to analyze their operational procedures for regulatory compliance and generate monthly reports. In one case, I saved the company $124,000 in legal fees through early detection of non-compliant business processes. I averaged an increase in policy compliance by 35%. I appreciate the time you have taken to read about my professional background. I look forward to further discussing with you how my experience could greatly contribute to the programs your agency is working on, such as the “Housing For All Initiative.” Sincerely, Caleb Smith

It’s essential to tweak your cover letter before applying to a government job for a few key reasons:

Stringent minimum requirements. The requirements stated in job listings for private-sector jobs aren’t always absolute.

Recruiters are given the discretion to hire impressive candidates who can compensate for any requirements they miss.

Government jobs differ in this respect, as many criteria are set in stone. You need to emphasize that you meet these base requirements in your cover letter to ensure that your application isn’t automatically dismissed.

KSA keywords. When applying to a government job, applicant tracking software (ATS) will parse your application for the presence of certain knowledge, ability, and skill (KSA) keywords.

Importance of eligibility. Rules and algorithms tightly govern the hiring process for government positions.

Competition. Cover letters aren’t always required for government jobs. However, there are likely many candidates possessing similar qualifications or even internal references .

Not only does a cover letter allow you to expand on your qualifications and cite experiences to support them, but it also gives you a chance to align your values with those of the agency.

This personalized touch helps you stand out from the crowd .

Here are a few tips for making your cover letter really shine:

Show your enthusiasm. Hiring managers don’t just want to see how you’re qualified for the job, they want to see your passion for the position and company as well.

Match your cover letter and resume headers. This shows readers that your documents go together when they’re in a big stack of applications. It also looks professional and polished.

Include a call to action. Close your letter by explaining what you want to happen after the hiring manager reads your cover letter. This could be requesting to discuss the position further, offering to tell them more about your qualifications, or simply inviting them to contact you for more information.

Thank the reader. Add a sentence to your closing paragraph thanking the reader for their time. This ends the letter on a positive note and furthers the good rapport you’re building.

Proofread, proofread, proofread. Never submit a cover letter without checking it over for grammatical errors. If you can, have someone else look over your letter for typos or confusing sentences, but at the least, you should read it out loud to yourself and run it through a grammar check on your computer.

Why is a cover letter important when applying for a government job?

A cover letter for a government job serves as an introduction to your application, allowing you to highlight your qualifications, skills, and experiences that make you a suitable candidate. It offers a personalized touch, demonstrating your genuine interest in the role and organization, which can set you apart from other applicants.

What should I include in my cover letter for a government job?

As we’ve discussed, your cover letter should start with a professional header containing your contact details and the recipient’s information. Begin with a salutation, followed by an engaging opening paragraph that introduces yourself and the specific job you’re applying for.

Highlight your relevant qualifications, experience, and accomplishments in the body of the letter. Make sure to address the key selection criteria mentioned in the job posting. Conclude with a strong closing paragraph expressing your enthusiasm for the position and your readiness for an interview.

Should I use a formal tone in my government job cover letter?

Yes, a formal and professional tone is essential for a government job cover letter. Avoid using slang, contractions, or overly casual language. Your writing should be clear, concise, and focused on showcasing your skills and qualifications. Use proper salutations and follow standard business letter formatting. This demonstrates your respect for the application process and your potential future employer.

Remember, a well-crafted cover letter can greatly enhance your chances of landing a government job interview. Take the time to research, tailor your content, and present yourself in a compelling and professional manner.

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