How to apply in English


Usually your job application consists of a CV (= Curriculum Vitae) and a covering letter. 

These days it is easy to find useful information on how to write your application in the Internet. The advice given below - to give you something to start with - was retrieved from the following source where you can also find samples of covering letters:


Your Covering Letter

the format of your covering letter


•Typed (unless you're specifically asked to handwrite it).
•Print on white A4, unlined, good-quality paper.

•Use one side only, five paragraphs or fewer.

•Address the recipient by name if possible. Use the appropriate title and surname or first name and surname, e.g.: Dear Mrs Miller, Dear Diane Miller. Where you know the name, sign off 'Yours sincerely'.
•If you cannot find a name to write to use 'Dear Sir/ Madam' and sign off 'Yours faithfully'.
•Use generously-sized margins and paragraph spacing for an attractive appearance .Proof read your letter, then pass it to a trustworthy friend to check it over again. You can instantly sink an application with elementary typing, spelling or factual errors.

the style of your covering letter


•appropriate to your audience.
•Be positive, avoid negative comments e.g.: not 'Although I have no computer skills, I plan to learn ...' but 'I have tracked down a crash course in computing at ... and am in the process of registration'. Alternatively, don't say anything.
•Be natural, never stilted or pompous. Avoid trite phrases such as 'enclosed please find as per your request ...'.

 •Focus on action words. Be persuasive; show the reader how they will benefit from your skills and achievements.

•Never state the obvious e.g..: 'you are one of the major confectionary companies in Europe' (but see 'content' below).
•Avoid starting too many sentences or paragraphs with 'I'; use alternative starting words such as 'Whilst'. 
the content of your covering letter
•Try to begin with an interesting sentence to catch the reader's attention.
•Explain the purpose of your letter early. Do not keep the recipient guessing.
•Do not repeat your CV or application verbatim. Use the letter to highlight and expand the most relevant points and to add other information in your favour. Focus on your strengths and achievements.
•Demonstrate that you have taken the trouble to find out something about the organisation especially recent news, but don't quote from the graduate recruitment literature unacknowledged.Prove you know about the type of work you seek and how your skills match.Use the last paragraph to state what the next action will be. Speculative applications require you to be proactive. A follow up phone call or visit at best, but at least a stamped addressed envelope.


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