Cover Letter vs. Career Objective

6 November 2008 - 3:36pm


I came across an application form asking for a cover letter and career objective. What is the distinct difference? I have always put in some career objective in the cover letter and I am not sure how to answer this time so I won't be repeating the same thing. Both question are give 4000 characters each which around 600 words! I just found out the company today and its closing date is tomorrow! Help please!


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  • 6 November 2008 - 4:16pm
    • elsaespana

    Usually the cover letter would be in a nutshell 'why them? why this job? why you?'
    They're asking you to take out the second one and part of the first one and put that in a separate 'career objective' Why this job - how it fits in with your plans and how they (as a company) fit in with your plans.

    Then what will be left for the cover letter is why you? Highlighting and expanding on a couple of points from your CV and tying it in with reference to your career objective.

  • 6 November 2008 - 4:01pm

    (1) Call the company now and ask them to specify exactly what they mean and what details they require for each section.
    (2) Focus your cover letter on what you can offer the company, why you want to work in the industry, why the job, what you can bring to the company, job, etc - use it to sell yourself.
    (3) Do not discuss career objective in cover letter - or just touch on it.
    (4) Expand your career objective and really discuss what you want to achieve, in 2 year, 5 years, 10 years.

    What company is it?

  • 6 November 2008 - 11:24pm
    • AndyL

    Thanks guys! It is for a management trainee position at Swire Group that will be based in HK!