Aug 23, 2018 - 09:57 PM
First, write in your most professional voice. While friendly, relaxed, or sales pitchy tones may work for more commercial jobs, with a government application cover letter you’re better off being straightforward and factual. Get to the point in clear, concise language. Don’t embellish, but do be confident and honest about your selling points. Look for phrases in the job description pointing out skills the job requires, and directly align those to exemplary instances in your history.
Always double-check the requirements in the job description. Government jobs often ask for special information in your cover letter or resume. For instance, they may ask you to provide a breakdown of how many years or months you’ve worked in a specific industry. Always fulfill these requirements to the letter to avoid a rejection.