Job Letters in English
When you apply for a job, employers ask for two important documents:
In the last issue we looked at your CV. This issue we will look at your covering letter.
Why You Need a Covering Letter
When you send your CV to apply for a position, you should also include a short letter. This letter is called a covering letter, cover letter or letter of application.
Your letter of application is a sales letter. The product it is selling is your CV.
Your letter should be short, concise and relevant. It should:
Here is the typical format for your covering letter:
1 Your address - telephone - fax - email
3 Destination name and address
5 Salutation (Dear . . .)
8 Ending (Yours . . .)
9 Your signature
10 Your name
In the English-speaking world, an employer would usually prefer to receive a letter of application that is word-processed (that is, produced on a computer and printed). A hand-written letter could be considered unprofessional.
© 1999 Josef Essberger
This article is condensed from Resumes, CVs and Covering Letters in English.