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A letter of application, also known as a cover letter, is a document sent
with your resume to provide additional information about your skills
and experience to an employer. ... Effective application letters explain the
reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify your
most relevant skills.
Job application letter tips
1. Emphasize your skills and abilities
An application letter is your opportunity to sell yourself as an
excellent candidate for the open position. Include specific
examples of situations in which you applied your experience,
abilities and skills to benefit the organization. It is also helpful
to include data that supports your claims.
2. Stay concise
Although it may be tempting to include a lot of detailed
information about yourself, it is important to be concise. If a
hiring manager receives a letter that is multiple pages, they
may not take the time to read it. A brief letter is more
manageable and appealing.
3. Proofread the letter
Since this letter is serving as your first impression, you want to
make sure It is as positive as possible. Make sure your letter
does not have any grammatical or spelling errors to avoid a
potentially negative first impression.
4. Review the job listing keywords
Most job postings will include certain skills and abilities that
the hiring manager and supervisor want applicants to possess.
Including these keywords in your application letter helps to
show the person reviewing it you would be a good fit in that
specific role.
5. Send a letter for every position to which you apply
Unless a job posting specifically states not to send an
application letter, it is smart to send one for each job to which
you apply. This letter offers the opportunity for a potential
employer to learn more about you and gives you the chance to
set yourself apart from other applicants.
 How to write an application letter
 Review information about the company and
 Open the letter by describing your interest
 Outline your experience and qualifications
 Include aspects of your personality
 Express appreciation
 Close the letter
John Donaldson
8 Sue Circle
Smithtown, CA 08067
August 15, 2020
George Gilhooley
Times Union
87 Delaware Road
Hatfield, CA 08065
Dear Mr. Gilhooley,
I am writing to apply for the programmer position advertised in the Times Union. As requested, I enclose a completed job
application, my certification, my resume, and three references.
The role is very appealing to me, and I believe that my strong technical experience and education make me a highly competitive
candidate for this position. My key strengths that would support my success in this position include:
•I have successfully designed, developed, and supported live-use applications.
•I strive continually for excellence.
•I provide exceptional contributions to customer service for all customers.
With a BS degree in Computer Programming, I have a comprehensive understanding of the full lifecycle for software
development projects. I also have experience in learning and applying new technologies as appropriate. Please see my resume
for additional information on my experience.
I can be reached anytime via email at john.donaldson@emailexample.com or by cell phone, 909-555-5555.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this employment opportunity.
John Donaldson