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Call and ask, don't give your real name. Companies withholding this information are trying to find the most talented and willing for the lowest rate. DO NOT trust companies who withhold information that has a bearing on your wage negotiation.

Cover Letter Template Temple for Learnerships, Apprenticeships and Internships

Recruiters look for easy ways to filter applicants quickly and often find it necessary to make superficial judgments about the quality of a candidate. Many companies want to find youth with the most potential who are willing to work for the least.

Stand Out From The Crowd

A great cover letter that’s meaningful and relevant to the opportunity you’re applying for will help you make a good impression. You don’t have to write much, you just need to clearly communicate your points.


In an article published by Business Tech, Career Junction said that as fewer job seekers are searching for work online, a more favourable employment market exists for applicants.

This is awesome news as it means people have stopped searching so there’s less competition. Many people incorrectly assume that no opportunities exist towards the end of the year.

They’ll end up having to compete against more people at the beginning of the following year.

Now is a good time to look for and apply for learnerships, internships and apprenticeships. Look for adverts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and search engines.

Cover Letter Tips

Only say what’s important to THEM. Use your cover letter to manipulate THEIR perceptions of you.

What this means:

You plan and check your letter. You don’t slap it together

“To Whom It May Concern

I hereby apply for  ……. Please find my CV and certificates attached.”

eeeeeeeek slam brakes!


Most adverts for these opportunities withhold pay information as it gives them a negotiating advantage and provides THE opportunity to test  who will accept low offers.


Only apply to those ads disclosing pay information.

If you are applying to an ad that doesn’t disclose pay information, you only need a short cover letter listing your qualifications (Matric, G10 etc.) and experience if you have any.

Templates You Can Trust

When you see an ad that discloses pay information, make an effort even if you think the pay is low. Organisations that are open about what they can offer are more likely to treat you fairly when you work for them.

It’s true that money isn’t everything, however when you’re young, the world thinks of you as dumb. Youth in South Africa are being taken advantage of and exploited through learnerships, internships and apprenticeships.  Stipend pay is low so that when they qualify, the wage expectations remain low.

The youth must not engage with companies as if their business is charity. Businesses exist to make money and if they can make money off ‘dumb youth‘ they will and, sadly, they do.

Companies can claim back every cent they spend on a stipend and there is no limit to the amount they can claim. So when you accept offers of R1500, understand that they pay little so that they can control you in the future. 

Take me To the Templates

Each article listed below provides information about cover letters from different perspectives. No matter which field you want to work in, you can construct your killer cover letter by following Keep Climbing advice.

The article below is really useful if you need help finding the correct words to use for your cover letter:

Power Words for Your Cover Letter, CV and LinkedIn Profile



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