If you’re looking to land the job of your dreams, your application letter is crucial. In today’s business climate, competition for jobs is fierce, so take care to get this initial correspondence right.
Application Letters Via Email
You can actually send emails with application letters attached, and if you do, you must ensure that your email includes the following:
- a header for your addressee at the top of your cover e-mail that includes the recipient’s name, title, and address.
- a salutation and appropriate closing.
- provide your contact details in your email signature. Typically, you will want to refer to this information in the event that the recipient wants to contact you.
Many feel that attaching both cover letter and application letter to your email is better than using the email itself as the covering letter, but the choice is yours. If you do decide to attach the cover letter separately, you might include a statement such as
Attached are my cover letter and resume for your consideration for the position of …
Candidates who want to stand out from the crowd often send electronic copies of their letters by email and also send more formal hard copies on high quality stock paper by regular mail.
Obviously, application letters vary from candidate to candidate as each will have a different employemnt history and work experiences.
Sample Of Application Letter
Essential ingredients of an application letter are:
- where you read about the job opening.
- how you fit the special requirements of the job.
- your availability for an interview.
Re: Your ad for “VB.NET Developer Required” in Computer Weekly
Dear Mr Gates:
Your advert for an experienced VB.NET developer caught my attention. You’re looking for an experienced developer with a thorough working knowledge of technology x – and that’s my area of expertise. As my enclosed resume indicates, I’ve worked on a number high pressure projects through their full life cycle. I was the project leader for the last live implementation of bespoke cutting edge software that saved one of our customers $1.5M in their first year of using the software.
I can send further details or visit your offices for an interview – whichever you prefer. Please let me know how you’d like to proceed.