A cover letter.
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An email cover letter
Learn how to write a cover letter or email to respond to a job advert.
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From : Laura Mazzanti To : David Kelly, HR Manager Subject : Application for sales manager position
Dear Mr Kelly,
I am writing in response to the job advertisement on the ABC Jobs website for the position of sales manager.
I have five years of experience in sales. For the last three years, I have worked as a team leader, managing a team of 20 sales assistants in a large store. I have experience in hiring, training and managing staff. I have good communication skills and I can speak Italian, Spanish and English.
I have attached my CV with more information about my background and qualifications.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
- Be specific in the subject line and say what job you are applying for.
- Start your email with Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms + person's surname.
- Say where you saw the advertisement.
- Say which job you're applying for. You can use the sentence I'm writing in response to the job advertisement for the position of … .
- Write a short paragraph to say why you're suitable for the job. Mention your education, qualifications, work experience or skills.
- Attach a CV (also known as a résumé in the USA) with more information about your qualifications and background.
- End by saying I look forward to hearing from you soon or I hope to hear from you soon .
- Sign off with Best regards or Best wishes .
What kind of information would you include in your CV or résumé?
In my resume, I include information about my work experience, age, education, skills, and hobbies.
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In my resume, I include some information such as personal information, skills, portfolios, relevant work experience, previous workplaces, reasons for leaving jobs, and some of my outstanding personality traits.
My CV includes job experiences, educational background, and skills. Those are essentials for a resume.
In my CV I include short info about me, my professional skills and my hobby with a few of jokes. It's welcome in IT)
The kind of information that we should include in a résumé: - Personal information (Name, date of birthday, email, address, phone number...etc) - Education career - Work experiences - Skills - Habits
In my opinion, would include in CV or resume , picture person ( uniform), also information personal, Education , skills and qualification.
I would include personal information, for example, name, age, phone. Of course, there will be my soft and hard skills, work experience. And a bit of smile.
I usually include information like: my last experience in other works, my principal skills and why I want the job.
I would write down personal information such as name, address, Educational attainment, relevant skills for the job and work experience.
I have to write my education, skills and knowledge, relevant work experience. The next thing I would like to include my ielts marks, it is the best thing to get a desired job for me in abroad.
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How to write a Letter of Application? (FCE, CAE, CPE)
This article provides information on how to write a letter of application and what it consists of. Although its content is mainly aimed at Cambridge exams , it can also be used for other purposes of learning English and writing a real letters of application.
Letter of Application: Definition
Letter of application is always formal in style unless the question explicitly states otherwise. Its purpose is to propose a candidate and outline his suitability, for a particular position. Description (of a person’s character and strengths), explanation and justification are important functions in a letter of application.
Letter of Application: Structure
Fce, cae, cpe, practice, write & improve, letter of application: writing guide, 1. salutation.
Dear Sir or Madam
If you do not know the name of the person you are writing to, use this. The following is a list of letter salutation examples that are appropriate for letters of application.
- Dear Hiring Manager
- Dear Search Committee
- To whom it may concern
- Dear Human Resources Manager
Dear Sir or Madam
2. The Introductory Paragraph
Begin by stating the job for which you are applying. Briefly mention how your skills and experience match the company and/or position; this will give the employer a preview of the rest of your letter.
I am writing to apply for the post of Fashion Shop Manager advertised in the ‘News Shopper’ of 14 February 2002.
3. The next paragraphs (the body)
In the following paragraphs, explain why you are interested in the job and why you make an excellent candidate for the position. Mention specific qualifications listed in the job posting and explain how you meet those qualifications.
Please see the example structure below:
(2nd paragraph) You might go and list your experience and relevant qualifications:
(briefly introduce yourself first) I am an ambitious and creative 25-year-old who have worked in the retail industry for a total of ten years, first as a sales assistant in a department store and for the last three years as a Section Head and Deputy Manager at Jones the Bootmaker.
(3rd paragraph) You might then go on to mention the particular abilities and skills that you have:
I believe I have all the skills, knowledge and expertise that you are looking for. I have lots of retail initiative, can schedule and prioritise tasks and can work to strict deadlines. I also work particularly well with people and would enjoy leading the team and working with clients and customers.
(4th paragraph) Say why you are particularly interested in this job:
I am applying for this position as I am looking to progress from junior to senior management. I have always been interested in the latest fashion trends and developments and I believe your organisation is a well-run quality fashion business. I would very much like to work for your company.
4. Closing paragraph
You might close the letter with the following formula.
I look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will be able to invite me for an interview.
Yours faithfully XYZ
“Yours sincerely” or “Yours faithfully”?
“Yours sincerely” is typically employed in English when the recipient is addressed by name (e.g. “Dear John”) and is known to the sender to some degree, whereas “Yours faithfully” is used when the recipient is not addressed by name (i.e., the recipient is addressed by a phrase such as “Dear Sir/Madam”)
Let’s sum it up…
Letter of application: example answers, letter of application sample 1, letter of application subject:.
You have read the following information from a British university, and have decided to apply for a course:
The university welcomes applications to all its courses from overseas students. Please write to the Admissions Oﬃcer giving details of the course you wish to apply for and why. Your letter should include an outline of your qualiﬁcations and any other relevant information.
Write your letter of application
Student’s Letter of Application Answer:
I am writing to apply for your two-year degree in teaching English at the university level. At present, I am a teacher of English and of Computer Science in the primary school here, in Lutynia.
I am keen to improve my English as this is not only my hobby but also a strong need. I should add that I am already half-way towards achieving my goal. Ten years ago I was a university teacher of Computer Science. Up to now, I have specialized in both subjects. I graduated from Technical University of Wroclaw, Department of Foreign Languages and the Academy of Economics, Department of Computer Science with Master’s Degree.
I have a great deal of work experience that demonstrates my ability in languages. I have undertaken a number of translation projects for doctors, scientists, computer programmers and travel guides. I estimate that my English is at an advanced level and at present, I am preparing for the CAE exam.
I am particularly interested in completing my degree at your university as it is famous all over the world. If you wish Ms.J.Forde can give you a reference.
I hope you will give my application serious consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully (your name)
Letter of Application Sample 2
Letter of application subject:.
A restaurant in your region is to open shortly and the owner has placed the following advertisement in your local newspaper:
RESTAURANT STAFF NEEDED…
…For a busy restaurant located in the main tourist area of this region. We have a number of vacancies available, including: Junior Chef, Waiter/Waitress, Restaurant Manager. Hours of work: 6 – 12pm, Mondays to Saturdays.
Please send us a letter explaining which post you are interested in and why we should consider you for the job. Interviews will be held a week after the closing date.
I am writing with reference to your advertisement for the position of a Restaurant Manager, which was placed in The Guardian on 10 December.
My reason for being interested in this vacancy is that according to what is said by the executives of the companies I worked for (please find enclosed their letters of reference), I am particularly efficient at being involved in projects requiring a great deal of physical and mental energy and also creativity. I would be able to bring to bear these personal qualities of mine for the benefit of the restaurant.
I am sure that I would be successful in this post as I have now gained managerial experience having had work as a Senior Manager for the “Little Chef Restaurant” for 10 years. At present I work for the restaurant mentioned above, where my responsibilities comprise dealing with suppliers and corporate clients, recruiting employees and checking the financial statements of affiliated companies.
My academic background (a Master’s Degree in Tourism & Hospitality) would also prove valuable to you.
Please could you send me an application form and any other relevant details including those of salary, working hours and any additional benefits (such as private health care or social facilities).
I am able to attend an interview on any day from 11 a. m. Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to contact me on 222333222 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by email at [email protected].
Yours faithfully, name and surname
Letter of Application Sample 3
A tourist company which organises coach tours of your home town has placed the following advertisement in your local newspaper:
TOUR GUIDES REQUIRED
Are you an outgoing and sociable person, who has a good command of English and some knowledge of local history? Take-a-Tour is setting up a branch in your area and we are looking for tour guides to accompany up to fifty passengers a time on our coach tours. Your duties will include welcoming passengers aboard the coach, giving a commentary about the local sights, and taking small groups around the town on foot.
I am writing to reply to your advertisement for a tour guide in The Tokyo Mini Times on 13th January.
I have always been interested in working with tourists and this is one of the main reasons why I am applying for this job. I actually have some experience of guiding foreign people around the town as a volunteer. Therefore, the city council sometimes asks me to take people to some historical places and explain about the background. Once I organised a sightseeing tour that thirty people took part in. Every time I have a chance to do that, they appreciate my explanations. I think I will be a competent guide.
I have been living in this town since I was born. My ancestors came to live here two hundred years ago thus I know how this town has developed. I think I will manage to give a unique speech to the tourists.
I passed the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English last year, which I believe endorses my English ability. As far as I am concerned, this level is suitable for a tour guide.
I am available to start work on 15th February. I am also available to attend an interview in the afternoon on Monday to Thursday. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further information.
I would be very grateful if you consider my application. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Letter of Application: Writing Topics
Letter of application task 1.
The university welcomes applications to all its courses from overseas students. Please write to the Admissions Officer giving details of the course you wish to apply for and why. Your letter should include an outline of your qualifications and any other relevant information.
Write your letter of application to the Admissions Officer.
(CAE 220-260 words – CPE 280-320 words)
Letter of Application Task 2
RESTAURANT STAFF NEEDED… …For a busy restaurant located in the main tourist area of this region. We have a number of vacancies available, including: Junior Chef Waiter/Waitress Restaurant Manager Hours of work: 6 – 12pm, Mondays to Saturdays.
Letter of Application Task 3
TOUR GUIDES REQUIRED Are you an outgoing and sociable person, who has a good command of English and some knowledge of local history? Take-a-Tour is setting up a branch in your area and we are looking for tour guides to accompany up to fifty passengers a time on our coach tours. Your duties will include welcoming passengers aboard the coach, giving a commentary about the local sights, and taking small groups around the town on foot.
Write the letter of application.
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Letter of application: useful phrases & language.
I’m writing to apply for the post/position of…..as advertised in…….. I’m writing with reference I’m writing in response to your advertisement which I saw…. I’m writing in connection with your advertisement
I gained some experience while … I am currently working as … I have been working for … for the last four years. I worked part-time for three years as … At the moment| am employed by … My qualifications include … I have a diploma in … I graduated from Barcelona University last year with a degree in … Please find attached my CV As you can see from the attached CV …
I see myself systematic, meticulous in my approach to work….. I have a clear insight of……… I value time and not squander…… I tackle a problem…..
I would appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience Please contact me with any queries you may have, I would be glad to attend an interview at any time convenient I look forward to hearing from you in due course….
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