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Write a cover letter and resume tailored to the job you are writing for. Use the same language they do in the list of requirements
I found some examples on Pinterest and pretty much copied and pasted them and changed to my info, so it's a mush up of a few examples. You want to tell them why you are suitable for the job, how your previous experience/skills are transferable to the new job, not just rehash your resume.
Eg. My previous work in aged care demonstrates I can work with a wide variety of people with differing needs, including challenging behaviours.
Following! I ended up just writing a quick gloss over of what was already in my resume plus a bit of personal info that I think might make me look good for the position. I would love to know what other people put in it.
Add a professional photo to stand out
To the above replier, that made me lol. Now all I can imagine is a bunch of cover letters with selfies with those Snapchat filters over them.
Google examples for format, content etc
I get so frustrated spending all that tinge on cover letters when so many wankers don't even bother to say thanks but no thanks.