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How to Write a Letter of Application

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Different from the traditional cover letter, the letter of application often accompanies your resume for an advertised job. Applications letters are an important part of the first impression a potential employer will get of you, and should be demonstrated with professionalism and skill. These letters often follow a specific template and should include some standard information.

Format your entire letter of application on the left side of the page. The first three lines should include your street address, the city, state and ZIP code, and today's date.

Format the following five lines after a blank line: the name of the person to whom you are writing, that person's professional title, their company name, their work street address, and the city, state and ZIP code of their work.

Insert another blank line and follow with "Dear Mr./Mrs. ****."

Begin your message after another blank line. Do not indent any paragraph and leave a blank line between every paragraph.

Include in the first paragraph: the reason for your letter, the position you are applying for, where you saw the job posted, your educational background and your related working background. Be sure to mention specific experiences and jobs.

Include in the second paragraph: a description of how your past skills will enable you to do the work of the job you are applying for. Be sure to mention any skills listed in the advertisement, and reference your attached resume.

Include in the third paragraph: the best way to get in touch with you, your availability, your eagerness at the opportunity for a job and a thank you for taking the time to read your letter of application.

Insert "Sincerely," two lines after your message, and type your full name four lines after the salutation. Sign your name with a pen just above your typed name.