Letters of Application

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Useful phrases for a formal letter of application

Salutation

  • Dear Sir / Madam, (If you do not know their name.)
  • Dear Mr Jones, / Dear Mrs Smith, (If you are given their name, you MUST use it, but NOT their first name)

Reasons for writing the letter

  • I am writing to apply for the post/position of … as advertised in …
  • I am writing with reference/in response to your advertisement, which I saw …
  • I am writing in connection with your advertisement in the Daily Star on May 11th …
  • With reference to your advertisement … -
  • I would like to apply for the job of __________ as advertised in this month’s issue of ___________.

Reasons for applying for the job

  • I like working with ________ and I would enjoy the challenge of _________
  • I have just finished school and in October I will be starting a degree course in _______ I am therefore very keen to gain experience in _________

Interests / Skills / Experience

  • 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 I 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 …
  • My interests include ____
  • For the past ____ years I have been working as a / in a ...

Suitability for the job

  • I feel I have the necessary _______ and _______ to make a positive and enthusiastic contribution to your _______ and I hope you will consider my application favourably.

Availability for interview

  • I am available for interview at any time and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Ending the letter

  • Thank you for your attention. I look forward to receiving your reply.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact me if/should you require further information.
  • I look forward to hearing from you.
  • I am available for interview at your convenience.
  • I shall be available for interview any day apart from Wednesdays.

Signing off

  • Yours faithfully     (If you wrote “Dear Sir / Madam”)
  • Yours sincerely     (If you wrote “Dear Mr Jones”)

 

Letter of application sample 1

To apply for the job of tour guide:

Dear Sir or Madam,

In reply to your advertisement in The Times I would like to apply for the job of tour guide. I am twenty-one years old and speak fluent French. My Spanish is quite good, and I also speak a little Italian.

At present I am studying history at Oxford Brookes University. Last year I spent some time in York researching a project on the development of the city so I feel I know a lot about its history.

I have good organisational skills. When I was in my final year at school, I...

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Letter of application sample 2

To apply for the job of club organiser:

Dear Sir

I`m writing to apply for the job of club organiser, which was advertised on the notice board in the school.

I used to run a club in my old school in England which made me think I have the ability to organise the work. Also I have been studying English for a few years, I got a merit in the PET and I`m going to take the FCE exam next year and IGCSE in 2002.

I want to add that I am a big fan of English and American...

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Letter of application sample 3

To apply for the job of primary school teacher:

Dear Mrs Hunter,

With reference to your advertisement in Thursday's edition of the Dally Star, I am interested in applying for the position of primary school teacher.

I am 28 years old and currently teaching in Margate. I have a BSc degree awarded by Glasgow University in 1997. I completed my certificate in Education at Preston Teacher Training College in 1998.

I have been working for Margate Education Department since 1999. During this time, I have enjoyed teaching a variety of subjects, including English, General Science and Games.

I consider myself to be punctual, hard-working...

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Letter of application sample 4

To apply for the position of (camp) helper:

Dear Mr Caroll,

I am writing to apply for the position of (camp) helper which was advertised in yesterday’s edition of The Hatfield Gazette.

I am an 18-year-old student. I have been awarded certificates in both English and French and I speak both fluently.

I worked in a summer camp last year and I am good at organising outdoor activities and sports events. Therefore, I feel that I would be well-suited for the position. Also, I regard...

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Letter of application sample 5

To apply for the position of part-time shop assistant:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to apply for the position of part-time shop assistant which was advertised in this week's edition of the Frankfurt English News.

I am a 16-year-old student. In December I passed the examination for the First Certificate in English with grade A. It is my ambition to become a teacher of English. Therefore, employment in an English- language bookshop particularly appeals to me.

Despite my lack of formal work experience, I feel that I would be well-suited for the position. For the past two years I have been a volunteer helper in our school library. In my school...

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Letter of application sample 6

To apply for the position of hotel receptionist:

Dear Madam,

My name is Carol Albert and I am writing to you about the advertisement in today’s newspaper for the post of hotel receptionist.

I have left school and at present I am studying hotel catering at night school. My typing is good and I also speak two languages, English and Spanish. I have taken courses in Computer studies, Accounting and Office Management and I feel that these courses have given me a lot of...

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Letter of application sample 7

To apply for the position of Senior Tour Guide:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to apply for the position of Senior Tour Guide which was advertised in Monday’s edition of The Evening News.

I graduated from the University of East London in 1995 with a degree in Tourism Studies. I have been working as a European Tour Guide since 1995 for Sunshine Tours, which is based in Spain. Prior to this, I worked as a Travel Agent for Sky High Tourist Agency during the summer season. I hold...

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