WRITING AN APPLICATION LETTER
The letter of application is essentially a sales letter. In it, you are trying to sell your services and,
in most cases, you will be competing with other applicants. Your immediate objective is to have
your letter read by someone in the organization who has authority to screen job applicants; your
ultimate goal is to obtain an interview. Therefore, your letter must do three things: catch your
reader’s attention favorably, convince your reader that you are qualified for the position, and
request an interview. Try to accomplish the three objectives in a one-page letter.
Send the letter of application to the organization to which you are applying. Include in the letter
any information that is pertinent to the particular job for which you are applying. Your reader
should be able to learn immediately what the purpose of your letter is—you should not waste his
or her time with inappropriate formalities or unnecessary details. You should state clearly that
you are looking for a job with the organization. It may be a specific job that was advertised or
that you learned about from another source. Or, you may have heard that the company has the
kind of position you seek and are writing to inquire whether it has any openings for a candidate
with your background. Be sure to tell your reader why you feel you are qualified for the job
and that you will be available for an interview.
The following is a list of the information you should provide in your letter of application:
1. If you are applying for a specific job, identify the job by title and state how you heard
about it. If you are not applying for a specific job, explain that you are seeking a
particular kind of job and are writing to inquire whether the organization has any
openings for such a job.
2. List your qualifications for the job in summary form. If you are still a student or are a
recent graduate and have had little work experience, stress your education; if you h