First impressions; yes, we all have them. Even though we are told not to judge a book by its cover, we all do it to some degree anyway. An application letter is your clients crucial first impression on a potential employer, so it needs to be fabulous. It needs to knock their socks off. It needs to get their foot in the door.
Most jobs nowadays, require an application letter to accompany a resume. While the resume is a very significant tool in getting your clients skills across to potential employers, they can pretty much be stock standard as well; but an application letter is your clients chance to tell a short story about themselves, to sell themselves in their own words, to get their resume read and to ultimately gain that interview.
Writing an application letter doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Once your client knows what is expected, it’s actually quite easy.
Pass the tips below onto your clients and help them get that interview!
Read the advertisement, then read it again
Don’t just copy your resume
Keep it simple
Make sure your layout is correct
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Include all essential details
- Your name
- Your contact details
- The contact details of the recipient/employer
- and remember to state the position to which you are applying, either as a heading or in your opening paragraph.
Don’t make it too long
Tell them what they want to hear
Close your letter
Finally, check and double check your letter
Remember, you are not the only person wanting or needing this job. Your application letter needs to stand out from the crowd while being professional at the same time. Be true to yourself when writing your letter, put some of your personality into it.
In the end you will never really know what type of person they are looking for to fill the position. Sometimes it’s not only about experience and qualifications; a person’s personality can get them a long way and a glimpse of this in your application letter will hopefully secure you with an interview. Then you can really show them what you are made of.