Writing a job application
Why not use this example to practise your writing, there are plenty of phrases to help you:
Each paragraph should have two to three sentences.
Here are some verbs, words and expressions you might want to include in each paragraph:
In the first paragraph of a job application, it’s important to introduce yourself. Why not use these phrases to help you?
Is mise… - I am…
‘s e… an t-ainm a tha orm - my name is…
àrd-sgoil - secondary school
còig-deug / sia-deug bliadhna a dh’aois - 15 / 16 years of age
rugadh mi air 24 Faoilleach 19- - I was born on 24 January 19-
tha an sgoil agam ann am meadhan a’ bhaile / air an dùthaich / anns a’ bhaile - my school is in the middle of town / in the country / in town
After you have written a good sentence as a link you may want to address the second point, subjects you are doing at school. Remember to close with a good linking sentence.
a’ dèanamh ochd cuspairean - doing eight subjuects
a’ dol a ghabhail còig cuspairean aig an Àrd Ìre - going to take five subjects at Higher
Beurla - English
Bith-eòlas - Biology
Ceimigeachd - Chemistry
Ceòl - Music
Coimpiutaireachd - Computing
Eachdraidh - History
Gàidhlig - Gaelic
Matamataig - Maths
Teicneòlas - Technology
anns an sgoil againn feumaidh a h-uile duine Beurla agus Matamataig a dhèanamh - in our school everyone must do Maths and English
After you have established what subjects you are doing, you should point out the ones you really enjoy. Hopefully your interests match the job that is advertised.
Tha mi a’ dol a thaghadh Eachdraidh / Gàidhlig… airson na h-Àrd Ìre. Is iad sin na còig cuspairean as fhèarr leam. - I am going to choose History / Gaelic… for Higher. These are my five favourite subjects.
tha an tidsear Gàidhlig / Eachdraidh… agam sgoinneil. - my Gaelic / History… teacher is great.
tha ùidh mhòr agam ann an... - I have a great interest in…
Is toigh leam a bhith ag ionnsachadh Eachdraidh agus Gàidhlig. - I enjoy studying History and Gaelic.
tha e inntinneach fiosrachadh fhaighinn air… - it is interesting to find out about…
… mar a bha daoine beò ceudan de bhliadhnaichean air ais - … how people lived hundreds of years ago
From the subjects that interest, you should be able to link to your outside hobbies and pastimes. Why not include some of the following words and phrases:
thòisich mi a’ caidheagadh an-uiridh - I began kayaking last year
thog mi ùidh ann am marcachd thonn am bliadhna seo - I took an interest in windsurfing this year
caidheagadh - kayaking
boghadaireachd - archery
sreap - climbing
iomradh - rowing
marcachd thonn - windsurfing
bòbhladh - bowling
seòladh - sailing
bòrd-spèileadh - skateboarding
Is toigh leam a bhith a’ caidheagadh / sreap… - I like to kayak / climb…
bidh thu a’ coinneachadh ri daoine - you meet people
tha e math a bhith a-muigh agus a’ faicinn nan seallaidhean - it’s good to be out and seeing the scenery
If you have been lucky enough to have work experience, make sure that you can link up the two paragraphs and describe the jobs that you did.
fhuair mi greis-gnìomhachais còmhla ri… - I got a work placement with a…
chòrd an greis-gnìomhachais rium - I enjoyed the work placement
cha do chòrd an greis-gnìomhachais rium - I did not enjoy the work placement
an t-àite-obrach agam - my work-place
ag obair a-staigh / a-muigh - working inside / outside
chaidh an seachdain seachad cho luath - the week went past so quickly
bha mi ag obair cruaidh - I worked very hard
It is important to list your hopes for the future, in a job application. Remember to link and add detail.
tha mi an dòchas a dhol don oilthigh / cholaiste - I hope to go to university / college
bu toigh leam ceàird ionnsachadh - I would like to learn a trade
trèanadh fhaighinn - receive training
... airson a bhith nam nurs / phoileas - ... to be a nurse / policeman
bu thoigh leam bliadhna a ghabhail airson siubhal - I would like to take a year out to travel
Try and create a positive impact with this closing paragraph.
bhithinn toilichte greis-gnìomhachais fhaighinn còmhla ribh. - I would be happy to get a work placement with you.
bu toigh leam obair mar seo a dhèanamh nuair a dh’fhàgas mi an sgoil - I would like to a job like this when I have leave school.
Is toigh leam a bhith ag obair còmhla ri daoine eile - I like working with others
tha mi an-còmhnaidh air an uair - I am punctual
mar a chì sibh - as you see
tha ùidh agam ann an obair mar seo - I am interested in work like this
bu toigh leam airgead a chosnadh airson an oilthigh - I would like to earn money for university
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