Kate McCacken says housekeeping cover-letters have become so important to modern work, she feels it is worth making them available to everyone.
“I’m a very old-fashioned housekeeper.
And when I was a housekeeper I didn’t know how to make a cover letter.
I thought it was a matter of style.
It was like a diary.
And so the idea of a cover-letter was really quite different from what we’re used to now,” Ms McCackens, a former editor of the Journal of Housekeeping, said.”
When I went back into journalism I had to learn how to write a coverletter because I didn.
So it was the first time that I’d actually written one myself.
And I think I’m still learning how to do it.”
Ms McCackensen, who lives in New South Wales, says it is vital for people to know what the responsibilities of their jobs are.
“The first job you have to do is understand what your responsibilities are and what you’re going to be expected to do, what you’ll get paid for.
And then what the obligations are are for the other jobs that are also involved in your day-to-day work,” she said.
She also says a cover letters should be about what people are expected to achieve, not what they are expected in the future.
“[The cover letter] should be something that you write to the person who will have to look after you as they’re going through their career, their retirement and whatever.
It should be the person that is going to look out for you.”
But Ms McCackeens biggest advice to her clients is to look at the letter as a way of setting them up to meet the expectations that they have set themselves.
“It’s not about saying, ‘I’m doing a good job, I’m doing my best’.
That’s not really how people think.
What I would say is that when you’re in the cover letter you should be really clear what your role is and what your duties are, so that you’re not just getting your own self-esteem from your cover letter,” Ms McCackens said.