COVER LETTERS & LETTERS OF APPLICATION
Letter of Application
A letter of application is used when inquiring about a job or submitting an application form.
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
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.
6913 Willow Street
Megapolis, IN 01234
Sample Cover Letter
Mr. Clarence Brown, Supervisor
6543 Sunrise Ave.
Anytown, US 04538
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.
304 Park Street
Anytown, US 04536
Information from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration