Letter of application and cover letters

José Ramón Fernández Baizán
Mind Map by José Ramón Fernández Baizán, updated more than 1 year ago
José Ramón Fernández Baizán
Created by José Ramón Fernández Baizán almost 6 years ago


How to do a letter of application in english

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Letter of application and cover letters
  1. General points
    1. Keep it brief. You don’t need to give a lot of detail. What you are aiming for is a clear and concise explanation of your suitability for the job.
      1. Avoid inappropriate language such as slang or technical jargon.
        1. Use brief, informative sentences and short paragraphs
          1. Check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation carefully. Some employers routinely discard job applications that contain such mistakes
            1. Do not use contractions! Never !
            2. Structure
              1. Salutation
                1. Do you know the recipient of the letter?
                  1. Yes: Dear Mr/Mrs/Mss ....
                    1. No: Dear sir or Dear madam
                  2. Body of the letter
                    1. The position applied for: give the title of the job as a heading, or refer to it in the first sentence of your letter, using the reference code if there is one. This will ensure that your application goes directly to the right person in the organization. You should also mention where you saw the job advert or where you heard about the vacancy. If you heard about it through someone already working for the company, mention their name and position.
                      1. Your current situation: if you’re working, briefly outline your current job. Pick up on the job requirements outlined in the advert and focus on any of your current skills or responsibilities that correspond to those requested.
                        1. Your reasons for wanting the job: be clear and positive about why you want the job. You might feel that you are ready for greater challenges, more responsibility, or a change of direction, for example. Outline the qualities and skills that you believe you can bring to the job or organization.
                          1. Closing paragraph: in the final paragraph you could say when you’d be available to start work, or suggest that the company keep your CV/résumé on file if they decide you’re not suitable for the current job.
                          2. Signature
                            1. Do you know the recipient of the letter?
                              1. Yes: Yours sincerely
                                1. No: Yours faithfully
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