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How to Write a Good Job Application Letter

Updated on April 25, 2016

The piece of paper on which you write your letter of application will be the only ambassador representing you to your potential employer. On this piece of paper you must present yourself in such a way as to impress the man who receive it that you are just the right person he is looking for.

Men with good qualification and experience fail to land a job because they do not write a good letter. They may have good potentials but do not put it in their writing.

But Why should you learn how to write a good application letter?

A potential employer usually make a ‘short list’ of ‘possible’ selected from the letters of application which he receives in response to his advertisement. These are the applications to which he will grant an interview. Your letter must be good enough to get you on to that ‘short list’.

Also staff selection is a time consuming chore. The employer having to interview a large number of applicants. Each interview will probably last about 45 minutes. This means that he will have to spend a whole working day just interviewing about 12 applicants little wonder that he will keep his ‘short list’ as short as possible. That is why your letter must be effective.

Do not humble your self in your letter. Write respectfully, but do not over emphasize your respects. Avoid the use of dishes about not being afraid or giving of your best, if you get the job it goes without saying that your employer will expect work hard and give your best, telling him so in advance will not impress him. He is looking for personality and intelligence and the personable and intelligent individual does not ‘soft – soap’ a potential employer this way.

On assumption that you are likely to seek employment as a sales manager by means of press, let us examine a typical announcement.

THE SUPER  TEX PLASTIC COMPANY

 Have vacancies for:

SALES MANAGER

Due to our expansion programme we are seeking young people with at least a B.Sc or HND in marketing preferably with some experience inplastics to train as sales manager. Successful applicants will be appointed to state in the south – south geo – political zone of the country.

A company owned car be provided.

Applications, in writing only, to:

The General Manager

Super – Tex Plastic Company,

7 Old Market Road,

Lagos

Not later than two weeks from the date of this publication.

For the purpose of illustration, let us assume for the applicant an identity, a background and some comparatively commercial experience, if we leaven the whole with a few outside interest which may not be improbable the facts may look like this:

NAME OF APPLICANT: Author Esheya

DATE OF BIRTH: 2nd August 19…..

PLACE OF BIRTH: Abuja, Nigeria

MARITAL STATUS: Single

EDUCATION : Best Brain Academy, Abakaliki: “O” Level Passes in English Language, History,

Biology, CRK, Government, Economics, English Literature, mathematics and Geography.

Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki: BSc. in Marketing (Second – class upper division)

EMPLOYMENT: Coca – Cola Bottling company Ltd Enugu, as a sales correspondence clerk

Uniliver Nigerian PLC, Billing WayLagos as an Assistant to the commercial manager

PERSONAL INTEREST: Chess, Walking, Reading, and the theatre.

Before we write Author Esheya's Letter of application, I would like you to read a few letters which are not untypical of the kind of response one might receive from the advertisement.

EXAMPLE 1

I would refer you to your advertisement in this weeks daily sun which calls for sales manager.

I am 24 years of age and would be most grateful if you would consider me for this position.

I was educated at Enugu State University of Science and technology, EnuguState and I am at present employed by a company in the metal industry, I have had experience of plastic materials though only from the office sales side.

I thrust that this application is of your interest and I await your reply.

Yours faithfully .

I wonder what you make of that letter. The application has only said three things about himself:

(a) His age

(b) Where he was educated

(c) That he is at present employed in the sales office of a metal firm and has some knowledge in plastic materials.

No personality comes over and the employers virtually has nothing to go over.

What did the applicant do at school?

Did he (does he) play any games?

What did he do when he left school

How long has he been with his present firm? In what capacity?

What are his ambitions?

In a nutshell why does he think he should be considered?.


EXAMPLE 2

I refer to your advertisement in the daily sun.

I will like to take this opportunity of applying for the post of a sales manager in your company. I have over four years experience with my present employers, whose business is the wholesaling of any form of rubber to manufacturing and retail outlet is in Northern Niger.

I am 45 years of age married with a family, as there is no more advancement in my present company, I hope your company will offer better prospects than I am able to procure at present.

Yours faithfully,

This application is only slightly better than the first example, the writer tells us that:

(a) He is 45 years old;

(b) He is a family man;

(c) He has had four years with his present firm, which is involved in the selling of all forms of rubber;

(d) He gives a reason for wanting to make a change (there are no more prospects for him).

Would you interview him?


EXAMPLE 3

With reference to your advertisement in the daily sun for a sales manager, I would like to apply for the position.

I am 35 years old and I have been driving for eight years and hold a clean driving license.

I left school at 25 after obtaining a BSc. In business administration.

My first position was with a company manufacturing paper, as a sales clerk for three years, then I moved on to become assistant to the sales manager in a company making plastic containers for four years.

I have been in my present position, where I am in control of the sales office of a firm of hardware merchants for 15 months.

I await your earliest convenience.

Yours faithfully.

This man tells us little more than the other two. We know it;

(a) His 35 years old

(b) He has been driving for eight years and holds a license without endorsement.;

(c) He left school at 25 with a BSc in Business Administration;

(d) He has had experience in the sales department of three different firms;

(e) He stayed in one job for three years and another for four years.


Now let us set our the letter of application of Author Esheya whose personal details we outlined previously.

I refer to your advertisement in the daily sun, and I wish to be considered as the sales manager.

My age is thirty –two. I am single and had a good general education at Best Brian Academy Abuja I obtained ‘O’ Level passes in English Language, History, Biology, CRK, Government, Economics, English Literature, mathematics and geography, after leaving school at the age of eighteen, I continued my studies at Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki and ultimately obtained a BSc. In marketing.

For the past six years I have been engaged in industrial selling, as a sales correspondence clerk with Coca-Cola bottling company Ltd of Enugu, and latterly as the assistant to the commercial manager of Uniliver Nigeria Plc of Lagos. My duties have brought me into contact with customers by letter and telephone. I am, therefore, seeking to broaden my knowledge and experience by taking the position of a sales manager with your company.

My knowledge of the plastic industry is extremely slender. However, I knew nothing of brewery industry when I entered it five years ago and with that time, I feel I have acquired a considerable understanding of its processes and marketing methods. With the training which you offer, I am sure that I will obtain an equal appreciation of the requirements of the plastic industry.

Outside my business activities, I am a moderate class player and enjoy walking, reading and the theatre,

I hope you will accord me the opportunity of an interview.

Yours faithfully,

The qualification and experiences which Author Esheya has been able to offer differ from those of the writers of the previous letters, I think you will agree, however, that he has put himself over rather better than they. He has written an interesting letter, one which has a certain style about it . above all by setting out as much about himself as he has, he has provided the employer with some glimpse of the kind of man he might be.

This application letter should get Author Esheya his interview.

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      Emmanuel Emma 5 years ago

      i think this site should keep d good work going.........

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      Michael Ngozi 5 years ago

      Keep the good work going and thank u for putting me through on how 2 write a good application letter.thanks once more.

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      Adeola 5 years ago

      If someone just finish secondary school,and he/she has never work before how is she going to write it?what will be written in first line of the letter?.pls i need reply now.

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      Kingsley ose 5 years ago

      Good company good product i wish d company God empowerment

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      ibekwe bobby 4 years ago

      thank GOD 4 dis site, it gave me d xprience 2 write a good application 2 a company

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      sheriff 4 years ago

      the best of this site to the others is that, it emphasis much on the needed area an applicant needs.......kudos

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      fosteradjei80@yahoo.com 4 years ago

      this side ve let me know mush about applicatio

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      olamide 3 years ago

      i wil like to write an application letter to a media department in a church

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      Ami 2 years ago

      Please how can i write an application letter for some one that want to do her Four months IT

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      Moses terfa 2 years ago

      I lv the way u have represent the body of yur latter.i think it is a good 1

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      faith 2 years ago

      i want to write application letter and i have no working experience at all hw am i going to write it.

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      21 2 years ago

      i want to write application letter and i have no working experience at all hw and i am going to write it

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      esheya 2 years ago from Nigeria

      Here is a sample targeted letter guaranteed to land you a job in the profession of your choice

      [Put Your Address Here]

      [Put Recievers Position and address here]

      Dear (title and name of receiver):

      I am hoping to work for you for free.

      My name is Esheya and I just graduated from [Name of College] with a second class upper degree in Banking and Finance.

      I would very much like to work for free because I want to learn about banking. I also know that I have a lot to learn before I will be of much value to you and [Name of Bank]. But I’m a hard worker, a fast learner and I’ve always wanted to work in banking.

      I promise to work ten-hour/day, to do exactly what you tell me to do, and to learn as much as I can about how banks work in the real world.

      It’s one thing to learn about banking in the classroom, quite another to see how they operate in real life and real situations. I’m not one of those college graduates who think they know everything. I know I’m just starting my true education in what I hope will be my lifelong profession. I also know you are one of the very best in this industry. I want to learn from the best, and also be of service to you.

      Of course, I hope to get paid for my work at some point. But I don’t expect to be paid yet, not until I am confident I am delivering true value to you and to your customers.

      Attached to this letter are photocopies of my credentials and my CV.

      If you don’t mind, I would like to call you within the next few days to see if I can set up an appointment to meet with you at your convenience.

      If you would like to call me, I can be reached on my cell phone. My cell phone number is:[___________]. Or you can email me at:[__________].

      I can meet with you at any time.

      Sincerely,

      [Name]

      No employer can resist this can kind of letter! So copy it, rewrite it to suit you and get ready for that job you’ve ever dreamt of.

      P.S. Have you downloaded a copy of The Job Getting Blueprint?

      If you want to cut your job search time and make sure get a high paying job in less than 1 month, then check out my ultimate job search guide at http://www.thejobgettingblueprint.com or call 07055223493 for more information.

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      bamigboye bose 2 years ago

      If someone just finish secondary school and she has never work before how is the person going to write the application letter

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      Don mirabel 2 years ago

      if someone just finish secondary school and he/she has never work before how is the person going to write the application letter?

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      Favour 2 years ago

      I finish my secondary school in the year 2013,but have been looking for job but i can't find.And a company said i should write an application letter.Immediately i became mad because i can't write an application letter.please teach me how to write an application letter.

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      muhdkfr muhdkfr 24 months ago

      thank you

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      Nana habakkuk 24 months ago

      How will i write an application leter seeking for political position in my local govt. Pls i need an answer now

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      despite friday 24 months ago

      i want to write application letter and i have

      no working experience at all hw am i going to

      write it.

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      ADESEMOYE NIHINLOLAWA 23 months ago

      I want to write an application to an airlines company how do i write it.

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      Nora 23 months ago

      I want to write an application letter as a sales girl but I don't know how to write it

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      Joseph Happy Godwin 23 months ago

      By the grace of God, i am through with my seconday school & now i am lookin for a job dat wil help in both Academicaly & financially until i get to d higher institution. I strongly believe being a teacher can help me alot. So intended to write an application letter to apply for teaching as a job...

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      Echechofu miracle innocent 22 months ago

      Am still in secondary school and i was told to write an application letter to any industry of my choice pls help me how can i write it.reply fast

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      oluchi 22 months ago

      Pls I want to work in filling station but I don't know how to write an application letter pls can u teach me

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      casie 22 months ago

      i wntd to knw hw i can apply for a teaching position cause ave jst finishd school

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      Esther 22 months ago

      Pls i want 2 apply 4 teaching in a school hw do i write application letter 2 them pls help me am still a o level student

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      Victoria 22 months ago

      pls i want to work in a filling station but i don't know how to write an application letter pls help me

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      Mariam 21 months ago

      I finished my SSCE this year and I just need small work inother to get money before JAMB comes and I want to write an application letter for the post of sale girl.I need your reply now now.

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      Mariam 21 months ago

      I just finished my SSCE this year and I want to write an application letter for sale girl post

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      Mariam 21 months ago

      I just finished my SSCE this year and I want to write an application letter for sale girl post.I need your reply now because it is urgently needed.

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      Chris 21 months ago

      Please help me i just finish my nce how can i write a letter for the post of sales boy

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      Adams 21 months ago

      I am an ssce holder and wish to apply for a job in a big orgnization with no formal writting experince. What should i do?

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      esheya 21 months ago from Nigeria

      Here is a sample you can use if you want to apply for a job as a secondary school leaver

      Dear [sir/ma]:

      APPLICATION FOR THE POST OF A [SALES BOY/ CLERK/SALES GIRL/FUEL DISPENSER]

      I am hoping to work in your [super market/shop/filling station/company] as a [clerk/sales boy/girl]

      My name is Esheya and I just graduated from [Name of secondary school] with 9 credits, including English and Mathematics.

      I am 18 years old and I would very much like to work for you because I want to learn about [what the company does].

      Although I have no job experience yet, I believe that my fluency in the English Language, my sincerity and my good customer service ability will enable me perform even better than some people who have years of work experience.

      I also know that I will be of much value to you and business because I’m a hard worker and a fast learner.

      I promise to work ten-hour/day, to do exactly what you tell me to do, and to learn as much as I can about [what the company does].

      Attached to this letter are photocopies of my credentials and my CV.

      If you don’t mind, I would like check on you next week see if I can set up an appointment to be interviewed at your at your convenience.

      If you would like to call me, I can be reached on my cell phone. My cell phone number is 07055223493.

      Yours sincerely,

      [Name]

      Better still, you can check out my ultimate job search guide at www.thejobgettingblueprint.com or call 07055223493 for more information.

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      charity 21 months ago

      how can i write an application letter?without any kind of experience of a clerk?

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      joy 21 months ago

      how can I write an application letter? which was told to write without any position just worker? pls help me out

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      Rita 21 months ago

      thank u soo much but I want to write an application to the filling station and I have no idea so can u plss write it am a secondry school graduate

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      Faiza zakari 20 months ago

      I just finish secondary school and have no

      job experience I want to write an application letter to work in a mall but I can't write it can you please help me

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      esheya 20 months ago from Nigeria

      Yes, I can

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      C K William 14 months ago

      This site should keep on because it's very helpful

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      Dtyigy 13 months ago

      I need application on every topic

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      Benedicta Tsibu 12 months ago

      I finish secondary school this year and my results are yet not out.i want to work in a mall and i have no work experience and am confused on how to write an application letter.pls help me out.(Benedicta Tsibu)

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      I jxt completed SHS n i've to write an application letter to a hotel. How can i write it if i've no experience 12 months ago

      I jxt completed SHS n i've to write an application letter to a hotel. How can i write it if i've no experience

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      Babangida danjuma 10 months ago

      Is supprised to me a graduate cannot write an application letter.

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      prince muntanga 7 months ago

      I finish secondary school this year and my results are yet not out.i want to work in a mall and i have no work experience and am confused on how to write an application letter.pls help me out.(prince muntanga)

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      Molatedi Kgoboki 6 months ago

      keep it up...

      i rate you letters

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      Festus Victoria 4 months ago

      I want to write an application letter to a factory or hostel management l have no working experience and just rounded up my ND program. how can I write it.

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