Letters and application
forms are used by employers to decide who to invite for interview. Unless you
get onto the interview short list you won’t get the job. This is why it’s worth
taking time and trouble to produce your best effort.
Tips - Letters of application
Respond to job adverts as
quickly as possible.
If the advert says ‘write
for an application form’ you should write a short letter doing just that. If it
says ‘apply in writing’ you need to write a longer letter including :
- the title of the job you
are applying for
- your age, school and exams
passed or to be taken
- why you want the job and
why you think you would be a suitable candidate
- details of any work experience
or part-time jobs you have had
- brief details about your
spare-time interests and hobbies.
or send a CV and a short
covering letter instead.
Unless you’re an absolute
whizz at letter writing, always practise first.
Unless the job advert tells
you otherwise, you can word process your letter or write it by hand in black ink.
Use good quality white,
unlined paper with a matching or brown office envelope.
Include your own address
and the address of the company you are writing to at the top.
Use the name of the person
you are writing to if possible and finish ‘Yours sincerely’. If you don’t know
the name write ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ and finish ‘Yours faithfully’.
Sign your letter and then
print your name in block capitals underneath.
If you give named referees
(people whom the employer can contact to ask about you), get their permission
Get someone to check your
letter, especially the spelling, and keep a copy.
If you’re writing a speculative
letter rather than answering a job advert your letter can be more or less the
same as the one below. Just alter the first sentence to something like: ‘ I am
writing to ask if there might be a vacancy for a trainee in the catering department
of your hospital in the near future’.
Or you can send a CV with
a short covering letter.
Example letter of application
- school leaver