How to Write an Application Letter for a Job

An application letter is a must when you’re applying for a job. It is a letter used in applying for a job as it helps you talk more about why you’re the right fit for the position and why you want it.

It also tells the employer your achievement(s) and how you can replicate the same achievement in the firm if considered for the job.

In fact, an application letter allows you to sell yourself to an employer, making him see what he stands to gain should he employ you.

The major idea behind application letters is to enable you to seduce your would-be boss to see you as the best candidate. However, we have to be careful with our choice of words so we don’t brag instead of selling our skills.

How to write an application letter for a Job

1. Research the company and job opening
 Look for details like:

  • Recent achievement of the company
  • Major accomplishments
  • Specialized certifications
  • The population of the company
  • The company ethnics
  • The company’s project
  • The name and title for the hiring manager
2. Use a professional format

Start your letter with an official salutation, such as “Dear X,” and address the hiring manager by name whenever possible.

3. State the position you’re applying for
Do this, however if you were referred by someone at the company, be sure to include their name and position

4. Explain why you’re the best fit for the job

 Provide clear details regarding your experience, skills, education or certifications.

5. Summarize your qualifications

Mention the top qualifications that make you best fit for the job.
6. Mention why you want the job
7. Include a professional closing

Mention that you look forward to the next steps in the hiring process and conclude with “Sincerely,” as a closing.

AN EXAMPLE OF APPLICATION_LETTER:

I hereby apply for the [title as advertised] internship position that was listed through [source – newspaper or website (company website would be nice)]. I believe that my expertise, and qualifications in [relevant subjects you did at university] will make me a valuable asset to your organisation and I would appreciate your careful consideration of my credentials as presented in the copy of my attached CV.

As the CV indicates, here are the reasons why I believe I am the candidate you are searching for and how I will add value to [name of organisation] to achieve its [goals or Mission and Vision – you better know these before you go to the interview]:
• Reason 1 – some experience/achievement (but it must be relevant to field)
• Reason 2 – (something that reflects your abilities – like your academic performance)
• Reason 3 – (some skill you know – through your studies – better than anyone else)
I am excited about the possibility of joining your organisation as an intern for the next [duration] months. I can be reached at [cell number] or [email address – have a nice email address preferably with your and surname]. I will follow up with an email message to confirm that you have received my application.
Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
[Your Full Name]. [Cell Number]
CV attached.

SAMPLE 2

Janiqua Williams
304 Town Ave.
Nashville, TN 37201
Jan. 8, 2023
Richard Sandler
Marketing Hiring Manager
Carter Snack Company
3049 Arthur St.
Nashville, TN 37201

Dear Mr. Sandler,
I’m writing to express my interest in the position of marketing associate for Carter Snack Company. Your sales associate Nick Caudwell referred me to this opportunity. I believe that my five years of experience in food and drink marketing make me an excellent fit for this job opening.
In my current position at Fizz Soda Company, I spearheaded several successful campaigns for new drink products. My aptitude for market analysis helped me identify key demographics to target these marketing efforts. My most successful campaign of 2019:
• Doubled product sales over three months.
• Included a commercial video that went viral, getting more than 10 million views within a week.
• Resulted in more than 5,000 new Facebook likes within a month.
I believe that I could bring this level of success to Carter Snack Company and help your upcoming summer snack food campaigns reach a fresh audience. I see great potential in marketing to a younger demographic with your snack cakes and would love to discuss the possibilities with you.
I have PCM Digital Marketing Certification, Hootsuite Social Marketing Certification and Google Analytics Individual certification. I am also a Facebook Certified Planning Professional.
I have the experience and skills necessary to help your company create a strong digital presence and greatly increase your social following.
Though I have greatly enjoyed working on the marketing campaigns with Fizz Soda, I feel that I’m ready for a new challenge and am intrigued by the opportunity to help grow your smaller snack food company into a behemoth within the food and beverage industry.
I’ve been a fan of your snack line since Nick introduced me to your distinctive chip and pretzel flavors, and I would love the opportunity to share some of your new flavors, like the Sweet Dill pretzels, with a national audience.
Please find my resume attached. References are available upon request. I look forward to meeting with you soon.
Sincerely,
Akpan Glory

CONCLUSION

Surely, writing an application letter should be one of your main tasks when making your job application package. Do not forget that your application letter must always explain which job you are applying for, why do you think you are the best person for that position

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