Definition: An application letter, also known as a covering letter, is a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience. An application letter typically provides detailed information on why are you are qualified for the job you are applying for. Effective application letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences. Your application letter should let the employer know what position you are applying for, why the employer should select you for an interview, and how you will follow-up. Whenever possible, send a covering letter with your CV which demonstrates your motivation, commitment and relevant skills. * Always tailor your covering letter to the specific role. * Show you have researched the role, the organisation and the industry. * Outline why you are attracted to the specific opportunity. * Highlight your unique selling points.
When applying by email, add the letter as an attachment.
* Use one page of A4 paper and four or five paragraphs.
* Address your letter to a named person, even if you have to contact the organisation to ask who deals with recruitment. * Include your contact details and the employer’s (including their title). * Make sure your grammar and spelling are perfect.
* Use a professional tone.
* Link your writing style to the industry, e.g. covering letters for a job as a waitress will be less formal than those for an internship at a bank.
Use the following format as a guide for your letter. You may also want to include an extra paragraph to explain any personal circumstances or anomalies such as low grades or a career change. * Paragraph 1: a positive, formal introduction outlining how you heard about the opportunity, listing the documents you have enclosed (such as your CV). * Paragraph 2: outline why you are interested in the role...
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