Job application letters
If you can capture the employer's attention at the beginning they are more likely to read your resume/selection criteria or request an interview. Therefore, it is important to write a clear and concise application letter. The tone of the letter should imply enthusiasm and confidence to gain their interest. The application letter is also an administrative tool for employers, allowing them to rapidly know who you are and why you are writing.
Writing your application letter
Before you start writing your letter:
- refer to a writing a cover letter guide to ensure you are on the right track.
- read a sample application letter to help ensure your letter fulfils all the necessary requirements.
After you have written your application letter use an Application letter checklist to ensure you haven’t forgotten to address anything.
When you are submitting an online application it is important to take the same amount of time and effort you would for a written application.
The following tips will help you lodge an effective online application:
- always write a short cover letter, rather than just simply emailing your resume
- ensure that you read the application instructions carefully and make sure you follow them correctly
- use your name and the job title as the ‘subject' of your message
- note that the employer may have a different system and if you are unable to find out always use an appropriate email address
- before sending your application you may like to email it to a friend to see how it looks on another computer.