Writing a Job Application Letter
; You have seen a job advertisement in today’s Changsha Daily Newspaper. International
Trade Corporation has placed the advertisement for the following position.
; Position: Foreign Trade Salesperson in the Marketing department
; Skills required: The company is looking to recruit a graduate student who will graduate
from university in June 2013. The person should be able to a clear record of academic
success during their four years at university. Also, as this position will require frequent
contact and correspondence with customers, applicants should show that they have been
actively involved in university organizations such as the Students Union, or other student
organizations. The person must be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills in
both written and spoken English.
; Personality Characteristics: For this position the Company requires an individual who
is outgoing and not shy when dealing with people. They should also be trustworthy and
reliable, and be able to maintain a positive attitude when dealing with difficult customers.
; Application letter
applicants should write to Mr. Zhang, Human Resources Manager at:
International Trade Corporation
100 Ren Min Nan Lu
Write a letter of application for the position above and enclose your Curriculum Vitae
(Resume). Structure the letter according to the examples in that handout.
Take the opportunity to sell yourself effectively and say why you fell you are the best person for the job. Remember, the purpose of your application letter is to get an interview.
; Since you are going to graduate from this university in 2014, you’d better begin to look
for a job in December. Thus, a C.V. and a covering letter are needed. Write a C.V. in
accordance with your current situation. Pay attention to the layout and the content which
should be included.
The body usually consists of five paragraphs:
; Paragraph One:
Why you are writing?
Conventional opening stating the purpose of the letter, where and when you saw the
vacancy advertised etc.
; Paragraph Two: Useful to 'set the scene' for the reader.
Who are you?
What are you doing now or have done recently Paragraph Three:
Why you can do the job!
- Key Skills
- Personal Qualities
- Relevant Experience, Achievements
Use the Job Description and Person Specification to 'Fit Yourself to the Job' - give evidence!
Be positive & imaginative but not arrogant
; Paragraph Four:
What attracts you to the job?
What attracts you to the Company?
Enthusiasm, Motivation, Confidence.
; Paragraph Five:
Conventional close - Confirm what you want!
Circumstances / Availability - for interview or meeting