Sample Cover Letter for Job Application With Writing Tips
The following is an example of a letter of application sent with a resume to apply for a job. Use this example as a guideline when writing your own job application cover letters. Also see below for an example a job application letter sent by email and tips for what to include and how to write a letter to apply for a job.
Your job application letter is an opportunity to highlight your most relevant qualifications and experiences, enhancing your resume, and increasing your chances of being called for an interview.
Your letter should detail your specific qualifications for the position and the skills you would bring to the employer. See below for how to email your application letter.
What to Include in Your Letter
As with all cover letters, the body of this job application letter is divided into three sections: the introduction, which details why the applicant is writing; the body, which discusses relevant qualifications; and the closing, which thanks the reader and provides contact information and follow-up details.
Sample Job Application Letter
8 Sue Circle
Smithtown, CA 08067
87 Delaware Road
Hatfield, CA 08065
Dear Mr. Gilhooley,
I am writing to apply for the programmer position advertised in the Times Union. As requested, I am enclosing a completed job application, my certification, my resume, and three references.
The opportunity presented in this listing is very interesting, and I believe that my strong technical experience and education will make me a very competitive candidate for this position. The key strengths that I possess for success in this position include:
- I have successfully designed, developed, and supported live use applications
- I strive for continued excellence
- I provide exceptional contributions to customer service for all customers
With a BS degree in Computer Programming, I have a full understanding of the full lifecycle of a software development project. I also have experience in learning and excelling at new technologies as needed.
Please see my resume for additional information on my experience.
I can be reached anytime via email at email@example.com or my cell phone, 909-555-5555.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this employment opportunity.
Signature (for hard copy letter)
Sample Email Letter of Application
Subject: FirstName LastName - Web Content Manager Position
Dear Contact Person:
I'm writing to express my interest in the Web Content Manager position listed on Monster.com. I have experience building large, consumer-focused health-based content sites. While much of my experience has been in the business world, I understand the social value of the non-profit sector and my business experience will be an asset to your organization.
My responsibilities included the development and management of the site's editorial voice and style, the editorial calendar, and the daily content programming and production of the website.
I worked closely with healthcare professionals and medical editors to help them provide the best possible information to a consumer audience of patients. Also, I helped physicians learn to utilize their medical content to write user-friendly, readily comprehensible text.
Experience has taught me how to build strong relationships with all departments at an organization. I have the ability to work within a team as well as cross-team. I can work with web engineers to resolve technical issues and implement technical enhancements, work with the development department to implement design and functional enhancements, and monitor site statistics and conduct search engine optimization.
Thank you for your consideration.
Signature (hard copy letter)
Tips for Writing a Strong Application Letter
Follow these strategies to write a strong letter:
- Get off to a direct start: In your first paragraph, explain simply why you are writing. Mention the job title and company name, and also where you came across the job listing. While you can also briefly mention why you are a strong candidate, this section should be short and to-the-point.
- Offer something different than what's in your resume: It's rare to send an application letter without also sending a resume. Your application letter, therefore, doesn't have to duplicate your resume. Your language can be a bit more personal than in resume bullet points — you can tell a narrative about your work experience and career.
- Make a good case. Your first goal with this letter is to move on to the next step: an interview. Your overarching goal, of course, is to get a job offer. Use your application letter to further both of these causes. Offer details about your experience and background that show why you are a good candidate. How have other jobs prepared you for the position? What would you bring to the position, and to the company? Use this space to emphasize your strengths.
- Close with all the important details. Include a thank you at the end of your letter. You can also share your contact information. If you'd like, mention how you will follow up.
How to Send an Email Application Letter
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, but don't list the employer's contact information. Skip the date, and start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.
How to Write a Job Application Letter
Here's how to write a letter of application for a job, including what should be included in the letter, choosing a font size and style, and letter spacing and formatting.
As an experienced professional, you probably have a cover letter that you send out to multiple employers when you’re searching for new work. But if you’re using a one-size-fits-all approach and it’s not working, it could be time to change it up. Try to target each letter you write specifically to the job you’re applying for. This will let employers know that you’re genuinely interested, that you’ve done your homework, and that you’re not just mass-mailing a form letter to everyone in the industry.
Generally speaking, your cover letter should be written in a relatively formal tone. But you’ll want to vary your tone depending on the job you’re applying for. Some companies will favor a more light-hearted, conversational approach: it can depend on the industry, and the particular company. Do your research, and if you’re answering a job ad, the ad itself could provide tone cues. Match your voice to the company’s voice in your cover letter and your chances of landing the interview may skyrocket.
Keep it Businesslike
Your cover letter is a business letter of sorts. It is your formal request to be considered for a position that is being offered. Keep the format business letter-like. Stay away from uncommon fonts and sizes. Don’t do anything fancy graphically. Write in paragraphs that are easily readable. Always do a spelling and grammar check on your work before submitting the final copy. Something as simple as a typo could make the difference between your application ending up in the “to interview” pile and the trash pile.
The first paragraph of the cover letter should be in the form of an introduction. Here, you will state your purpose and how you came about to applying for the position. What interested you in the company? What about your background makes you the best fit for the job? Use this space to relate your core values to the position and show how you can be an asset to the company.
The body should be no longer than two paragraphs that reflect who you are as a person and your background and story make you perfect for the job. Relate your past experience to the new position, and show, in a few brief sentences, how you add value. You’ll also want to communicate that you’re passionate about the job: no one wants to hire someone who’s not enthusiastic. In essence, these paragraphs are your initial pitch to the employer, and probably your first and only chance to make a great first impression.
In the closing paragraph, use action words that are compelling and memorable. Most likely, the company has already read your resume by the time they’re reviewing your letter, and may well already be interested in talking to you further. Close the deal by inviting the hiring manager to get in touch with you for an interview.
Your cover letter can play a critical role in helping advance your candidacy for that new job. Be brief but engaging, and use proper formatting to arrest employers’ attention, and highlight and enhance the experience you’ve outlined on your resume. To create a powerful, professional cover letter in less time with less effort, try LiveCareer’s Cover Letter Builder.