Letter of Application

A letter of application is used when inquiring about a job or submitting an application form.

Cover Letter

If you're applying for a job that requires a resume, you should write a cover letter to accompany your resume.

The purpose of these letters is to:

  • tell how your job talents will benefit the company.
  • show why the employer should read your resume or application form.
  • ask for a job interview.

Components to a Letter of Application or Cover Letter:

  • Address each letter to the specific person you want to talk to (the person who would actually supervise you).
  • Highlight your job qualifications.
  • State the position you are seeking and the source of the job
    opening (newspaper ad, friend, etc.).
  • Show that you've done some homework on the company (you know what
    they do, their interests and problems).
  • Try to identify something about you that is unique or of interest
    to the employer.
  • Request an interview. If possible, suggest a specific date and
  • Include your address and your telephone number.

Tips for writing cover letters include:

  • Write a separate letter for each job application.
  • Type letters on quality 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
  • Use proper sentence structure and correct spelling and punctuation.
  • Convey personal warmth and enthusiasm.
  • Keep your letter short and to the point.

Sample Letter of Application

John Kile
Ace Auto Service
1369 Oak Street
Megapolis, IN 01234

Dear Mr. Kile:

I've been checking into auto repair shops in the area to find a garage that has a good reputation and offers an entry mechanic training program. Several sources recommended Ace Auto Service as a reliable garage that uses the latest diagnostic equipment.

I've worked on cars with my uncle, who is a member of the "Tin Lizzies" auto club. I'm doing tune-ups through word of mouth referrals and I recently helped overhaul a Nissan 3002X. I've worked with computers in school, so I feel I could learn how to operate computerized diagnostic equipment with minimal training.

With my background and interest in car repair, I think I could contribute to the continued success of Ace Auto Service. I will call you on Monday, December 13 to talk to you about possible job opportunities.


Joe Clark
6913 Willow Street
Megapolis, IN 01234
(321) 345-6789

Sample Cover Letter

Mr. Clarence Brown, Supervisor
Norton Electronics
6543 Sunrise Ave.
Anytown, US 0453

Dear Mr. Brown:
I am interested in the position of electronic assembler which you advertised recently in the Anytown Oracle.

The enclosed resume outlines my experience and skills in electronics and printed circuit board assembly. I am familiar with Norton Electronics and the quality products you produce.

I would like to meet with you to discuss how my skills would benefit Norton Electronics. I may be reached at 778-4321.


Rhonda Ramirez
304 Park Street
Anytown, US 04536


Information from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration