Have you done this type of work before?

  1. Have you done this type of work before?
  • Mention the position you had before the name of the company and the duties that you did
  • You can also mention that you really enjoyed that type of work and all the staff and clients / customers were very happy with me.
  • If you haven’t done this type of work before you can say;
  • No but I have done a similar role ( I haven’t worked in this area before but I have worked as a care assistant which involved dealing with people in a helpful and friendly way and using my interpersonal and communication skills. I also worked in a team in that role and made sure the wards were clean and that I completed all my tasks within the given time or you could also talk about your studies and what you learned on your courses that would be relevant to the role. No but I have studied……….

Example

My role as a sales assistant with Dunnes Stores involved all aspects of sales and retail work. I worked on the till, stocked shelves, served customers and advised customers on good quality purchases. Through this work I learned to listen to customers and deal with them in a polite and friendly way.

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What do you know about your company?

Why do you want to work here? / What do you know about our company?

  • Before you attend any interview make sure to research the company. Check the company’s website to find out information and/or phone the company and speak to somebody

Prepare some questions first, it can be good to find out about

  • the company’s main activities / Services / products / customers
  • Company history, age, and size
  • Company mission or vision statement / values / ethos
  • how many people they employ and their plans for future expansion
  • Previous projects / activities undertaken / Achievements Reputation
  • Involvement in any charity work.
  • Google the company to see the latest news stories about them

Always try and match yourself to the mission of the company, show the employer that you fit in with their values and that you will be of benefit to them.

Example

I know that you are one of the leading communication providers in Ireland. You began as Esat Digifone in Ireland in 1996 and are now part of Telefónica Europe which has its head quarters in Spain and is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, with a presence in 25 countries. O2 has over 1.7 million customers and are based in Dublin and Limerick, and have over 80 stores. As a communications company you are committed to doing the best for your employees, your customers and the communities you are based in. I am very interested in communications and sales and would love to be part of a company as exciting and progressive as yours.

Why should we hire you?

 Why should we hire you?

  • Mention your passion for this position, why have you chosen this role over any other?
  • Then mention the proof: The relevant course you have studied and what you learned on it and your relevant experience and the duties that you did in your job
  • Tell the employer what you can offer / bring them (Use the info in your cover letter)
  • You can mention specific skills here that you have in relation to this position
  • B. Only mention work and education relevant to the job. Show the employer how your skills and experience are relevant to the role. Link everything that you are saying back to the requirements

 

Example

You should hire me because I am really passionate about customer service. I really enjoy dealing with people and working with them to help them resolve any problems that they might have. My most recent role was as a Customer Service Representative with ABC Communications and I was in that role for three years. During that time I handled telephone calls, attended to customer queries, issued advice and resolved product delivery and technical issues. I also liaised extensively with the sales team and worked in collaboration with them to ensure services were delivered on time. I would bring my experience, excellent communication and interpersonal skills to your company and I know that my abilities to multi-task accurately under pressure and remain calm while resolving customer complaints in a friendly and professional manner would help me to succeed in this role.

Breda Hegarty – Career Counsellor

If you would like to work on your interview techniques and learn the secrets and tips to making an excellent impression, contact Breda today!

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To book an appointment contact Breda at 0879229533 bredahegarty@hotmail.com or linkedin.com/in/bredahegarty.

Tell me about yourself

Tell me about yourself.

  • General introduction e.g. I am from Latvia
  • Mention the most important experience or education you have in relation to this position e.g. I am a qualified care assistant / I am an experienced chef (Use the info in your personal profile)
  • Using a time line give 3 / 4 of the most important studies or experience you have in relation to this position (this is just a brief overview)
  • Mention 1 / 2 personal qualities or skills
  • Do not mention personal information such as marital or family details

Example

I am an experienced customer service representative. I am from Slovakia. In Slovakia I worked as an Office Clerk with a Software company for two years and after that I completed a six month computer course.  I worked as a Customer Service Representative for 1 year with Breakpoint which is a computer software company. Then I moved to Ireland and worked with The Maldron hotel as their Receptionist. During that time I developed excellent communication and interpersonal skills which I would like to bring to this position. I am fluent in Slovakian and Polish as well as English. I am a very motivated person always willing to give my best to achieve success.

Sample Sales Representative cover letter

30 Queen’s Terrace

Potobello

Dublin 6

July 8th 2014

RE:  Italian – English /Portuguese bilingual Sales Representative

HR Department,

Visuals

Dear  Ms Vemto,

I would like to apply for the position of Portuguese – English bilingual representative advertised on www.visuals.com on 06/07/2014.

I am interested in this position because I am a native Portuguese speaker fluent in English and I have worked for over 4 years as a customer service agent in a pottery shop. Thanks to my strong communication skills and friendly nature I was able to build positive customer relationships. I was always available to solve customer problems or queries, with a polite and professional approach. I am a very motivated and results-driven person, able to work on tight deadlines, proven in my last experience through continually exceeding weekly sales targets by 20%. I really enjoyed working in a competitive and multicultural environment. I am able to work independently and also in a team.

Please find attached a copy of my C.V.  I am available for an interview at any time is convenient for you.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Nathalie El Gonzo

Breda Hegarty – Career Counsellor

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To book an appointment contact Breda at 0879229533 bredahegarty@hotmail.com or linkedin.com/in/bredahegarty.

Sample Recruiter cover letter

Delvin Lodge, Fallon Street

Rathmines

Dublin 6

9th July 2021

Echo Recruitment

Soho Place, James’ Rd,

Dublin 3.

Dear Ms. Druminn

I am writing in response to your recent advertisement for the position of ‘Recruiter’ as advertised on www.jobs.ie, which was updated for last time on the 7th  of July 2021.

I have recently completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology with First Class Honours in Human Resources, and I am currently studying a CIPD Diploma in Human Resource Development at the National College of Ireland, at the IFSC.

During my Bachelor I completed an internship with The Dismis Group, a Travel Company. During this time I worked as a H.R. administrator carrying out the recruitment and selection process, arranging and handling interviews and liaising with managers to decide new hires. I have also completed a voluntary internship with The Mopi Group, a Developer Company based in Biarritz, France. During this period I worked as a Human resources Administrator, carrying out duties such as screening C.V.s, handling calls, compiling job-profiling information and creating job posts on the Internet.

I am an outgoing and organised person with excellent communication and planning skills. In addition, I am very interested in the Recruitment area and I would welcome the possibility of working in a Multinational Company.

I hope you will consider my application and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Cindy Muree.

Breda Hegarty – Career Counsellor

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Sample Personal Assistant cover letter

2 Woollen Drive

Dusty Avenue

 Dublin 9

7TH July 2014

Ericsson

516, Gatsby Street,

Dublin 24.

 

 

Dear Mr Dupree,

 

I am writing in connection with the job advertisement on Jobs.ie on the 7th of July 2014, for the position of Personal Assistant.

I am very interested in this position because I believe that I have the right skills for this role. I have worked as Personal Assistant to the Vice President of the Nescafe Company and during my time in this role my main duties matched the duties required in your job advertisement, i.e. Providing support to the Finance Manager, following up on invoices, emails and in house communication, I was also responsible for diary management and travel co-ordination where I displayed excellent organisational and expense management skills. I have an honours degree in Tourism studies where I developed skills in relation to carrying out presentations and using Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, which I know would be beneficial for this role.

Please find enclosed a copy of my C.V. I am available for interview at any time that is most convenient for you, I look forward to discussing this position with you further.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours Faithfully,

Destiny Umowo

 

 

Sample Maintenance Assistant cover letter

Apt. 42 Nissan Drive

Casa Street

Celbridge, Co. Kildare

0871627841

Ivanevans@gmail.com

Messen Property Holdings

17 Foxes Terrace

Dublin 3,

Dear Ms Vasquez,

I am writing in response to your recent advertisement on the jobs.ie for the position of Maintenance Assistant.

I am a highly skilled and conscientious individual with over 6 years of experience in construction and property maintenance. In these roles, I maximised all of my carpentry, painting, decorating and tiling skills and the ability to use a variety of power tools i.e. grinders, cutters and welding machines. During my time working as a general maintenance for Heatwave Electrics, my main duties were dealing with daily maintenance including mechanical, electrical, welding works, remodelling structural adjustment, painting, and carpentry work for all departments within the factory.

I hold a Safe Pass Certification, have a proven ability to multitask, work well within a team, and on my own initiative, and also have good attention to detail. For these reasons I feel that I am a suitable match for this role and would be of value to your company,

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Yours Sincerely,

Ivan Evans.

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Sample Kitchen Porter cover letter

26 Saville Gates

Dublin 2

9th July 2021

Hilton Hotel

34 Dublin Terrace

Dublin 2

Re: Kitchen porter position

Dear Mr. Marsden,

I am interested in applying for the post of Kitchen porter in your hotel, which was advertised on the jobs.ie website on the 7th of July.

My previous role was as a kitchen porter in a busy restaurant where my duties were similar to this role such as washing dishes, cleaning equipment in the kitchen and also cleaning the floors. During this time I acquired skills in preparation of raw materials for chefs, ordering, storage and issuing goods, operating the kitchen machinery and maintaining cleanliness according to the hygiene regulations. I feel that my personality matches this role because I am a hardworking, flexible, team worker. I have also completed a HACCP course Level 2, where I learned about food safety and hygiene regulations.

I would welcome the opportunity to be a part of your hotel team. I hope you will consider my application and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. I am available for interview at any time that is convenient for you.

Kind regards,

Sean Grogan.

Breda Hegarty – Career Counsellor

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To book an appointment contact Breda at 0879229533 bredahegarty@hotmail.com or linkedin.com/in/bredahegarty.

Sample Dental Nurse cover letter

7 Tiffany’s Road,

 Cellsbridge,

Co. Kildare

8th July 2021

Smiles Dental Clinics

28 O’Connell Street,

Dublin 1.

Dear Ms Nolan,

I am writing in connection with your recent advertisement on http://www.smiles.ie for the position of Dental Nurse.

I am very interested in this position as I have over 3 years experience as a Dental Assistant with Niall Mooney Dental Services in Fairview, where I carried out similar duties to this role i.e. managing dental instruments, materials and consent forms. I prepared and sterilised the instruments. I gained strong expertise in providing chair side assistance and hygienically disposing of clinical waste. Understanding the fact that most patients are terrified of a dentist’s chair my main aim was to make clients feel comfortable and provide them with excellent care before anything else.

I have completed a course in Dental Assistance, FETAC level 5 with Ballsbridge College, where I gained knowledge about First Aid and I also have completed a course in Teeth Whitening. I am an enthusiastic, and friendly team worker.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Pierce Holland.

Breda Hegarty – Career Counsellor

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Breda Hegarty is a fully qualified career guidance counsellor based in Dublin. Breda has been providing expert career counselling and guidance for 15 years, supporting adults to choose the right career and identify their skills. Her expertise is in the area of successful CV and cover letter writing, career planning and interview preparation.

To book an appointment contact Breda at 0879229533 bredahegarty@hotmail.com or linkedin.com/in/bredahegarty.