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• As a jobseeker, one of the things that you should do is to learn how to write an effective letter of application. An application letter is like your resume because it outlines your skills and experiences but in paragraph form. It shows your personality to the employer in the way you write your letter.
• This is usually attached with the resume. Some browse through the resume if they are in a hurry but others take the time to read the job application letter if they want to have a glimpse of the applicant’s character.
• There are a number of things that you should know about your letter of application and some of them are listed below.
Benefits Writing an application letter has a lot of benefits. This shows that you are the type of person who takes his job seeking seriously because you find time to write a one-page application letter. Most applicants just submit their resumes without an application letter. It is definitely a plus if you include an application letter.
As what has been mentioned in the previous paragraphs, a job letter also gives your employer an idea on what kind of person you are. Are you serious, funny, friendly, detail-oriented, diligent, or formal? The reader will be able to know these things with the way you wrote your letter and with the kind of words that you used.
Parts A letter of application has different parts, namely, salutation, opening, body, closing, and your signature. The salutation is a sensitive part of the letter because this is the part where you have to write the name of the person that you need to address plus his title. You have to ensure that you spell the name correctly and you write the correct title. The introduction should mention how you found out about the job posting and why you are applying for it.
The body of the letter is all about your skills and educational and career background. Include only relevant details to the body of the letter. Otherwise, your reader will feel as if you are just wasting his time. The closing should include your contact details and should also mention how you are eager to hear from them for a scheduled interview and how you are excited to become a part of their team. Finally, your complete name and signature should be included at the bottom right corner of the letter. Again, double check the spelling of your name. Just imagine how it would look if you misspelled your own name.
Writing tips Be sure to research about the company and the job position before drafting your job letter. This will ensure that the information in your letter and resume is correct. Never use slang words even if you are writing using a casual and friendly tone. Greeting your future interviewer ‘Hey y’all!’ is not a good idea. Your might end up not having an interview at all. Finally, use a polite tone of voice when writing your letter of application to show humility and respect.