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What Is a Letter of Application? A Letter of Application expresses your interest in and qualifications for a position to a prospective employer.
What Should My Letter of Application Accomplish? Your letter of application should introduce the main points of your CV. It should also help you to “sell” your qualifications to the prospective employer.
The Letter of Application: Structure Purpose Refer to job advertisement Preview qualifications Supporting Details Prove claims with examples Tie qualifications to the requirements of the position Quantify evidence Detail your experience Goodwill Closing Offer to meet for an interview Refer to CV (résumé) Make your final pitch
EXAMPLE Dear Mr. Smith, 1. confirmation that you I am writing to apply for wish to apply and the title of the job you are the programmer applying for position advertised in position today’s issue of the Times Union 2. the date and the name of the newspaper where you saw an ad
With a BS degree in Computer Programming, I have a full Programming understanding of the full life cycle of a software development project. I also have experience in learning and excelling at new technologies as needed Please see my CV for additional information on my experience. 3. your present situation (occupation or course of study being followed)
The opportunity presented in this ad is very interesting, and I believe that my strong technical experience and education will make me a very competitive candidate for this position. The key strengths that I possess for success in this position include: include §I have successfully designed, developed, and supported live use applications §I strive for continued excellence §I provide exceptional contributions to customer service for all customers 4. relate your interests to those of the company
As requested, I am enclosing a completed job application, my CV and three references. CV 5. say you are enclosing a CV I can be reached anytime via my cell phone, 555 phone 555 -5555. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this employment opportunity 6. indicate your willingness to attend an interview Sincerely, First. Name Last. Name
A REFER TO THE ADVERTISEMENT With reference to your advertisement in the ‘…’ I have seen this post. the post of and I would like to apply I am interested in applying Personal Assistant Secretary to the Sales Manager for
B SUMMARISE YOUR EXPERIENCE As you can see from the enclosed CV I have had In my last jobs/positions In all my jobs In my present job long one year’s experience in many years’ the administrative organisational secretarial public relations financial different fields. banking/insurance /legal work etc. the hotel business. industry. side was aspect is extremely very worked a lot with computers. ran the office independently. important and I learnt to work under pressure. managed the bookkeeping.
C WHY THE JOB INTERESTS YOU However, I like I am happy in although I am satisfied with offering more responsibility/ more chances of promotion my present job/position, I would now prefer a post I am now looking for a post administrative skills. where I can use my knowledge of languages. financial knowledge.
USING ACTIVE LANGUAGE—DON’TS Don’t be vague in your descriptions. Don’t use weak verbs such as endeavored, tried, hoped, and attempted. Vague: I worked as a ramp agent at Comair. Weak: I attempted to attract customers.
USING ACTIVE LANGUAGE—DO’S Use concrete words to describe your experience. Vague: I worked as a ramp agent for COMAIR. Specific: As a ramp agent, I Use present tense to assisted in loading baggage, discuss current activities and oversaw fuelling the and past tense for previous aircraft. job duties or Weak: I attempted to attract accomplishments. customers. Strong: I initiated a program to attract customers to Pizza Be as specific as possible in Hut, which resulted in a 5% descriptions; list amounts increase in sales for the and figures when you can. month of June.
USEFUL TIPS: Keep it short. Don’t waffle and keep to the point – why do you want the job, why do you want to work for them, what makes you the right person? Use professional vocabulary and phrasing. Make this an interesting letter to read.
Don’t be too informal – your letter should be professional. You should try to find something memorable about yourself. End on a positive note – you would like to meet them and you look forward to hearing from them. (Make sure spelling, grammar and format are consistent and accurate. )