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Letter of Application

What to Include in a Letter of Application


Letter of Application

A letter of application, also known as a cover letter, is a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience.

A letter of application typically provides detailed information on why are you are qualified for the job you are applying for. Effective application letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences.

Your application letter should let the employer know what position you are applying for, why the employer should select you for an interview, and how you will follow-up.

When writing an application letter you should include:

Subject (for an email letter)
List the job you are applying for and your name in the Subject Line of your email message, so the employer is clear as to what job you are interested in and who you are.

Begin your letter greeting with "Dr./Mr./Ms. Last Name." If you do not know the employer's last name, simply write "Dear Hiring Manager" or leave the greeting off the letter and start with the first paragraph.

Body of Letter

  • First Paragraph: Why you are writing - mention the job you are applying for and where you found the listing.
  • Middle Paragraph(s): What you have to offer the employer - mention why your skills and experience are a good fit for the job.
  • Last Paragraph: Say thank you to the hiring manager for considering you and note how you will follow up.

End your cover letter with your signature, handwritten, followed by your typed name. If this is an email, simply include your typed name, followed by your contact information.

Also Known As: job application letter, cover letter, application letter

Examples: Susannah wrote a letter of application to send with her resume.

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