- include a letter of
application whenever you mail out a copy of your CV.
- Keep it short, simple
and to the point.
- Make your opening paragraph
strong and clear - it may be the only one the employer
reads before turning to your CV.
sure you state what you want, in this case, an interview.
Say something like: "I would appreciate the opportunity
to be interviewed by your company."
- Highlight strong points
from your CV relevant to the job.
- Emphasize the positive,
omit anything negative.
- Address the letter
properly to the attention of the appropriate person.
- Start by referring
to the position and where you heard about it. You might
begin "This is my application for the position
- Explain why you are
applying for the job, and why you think you are suited
to the industry.
- Say something like:
As you can see on the attached CV, I am well qualified
- Use powerful words:
achieved, developed, succeeded.
- Use spell check on
the letter and CV.
- Have the letter proof-read
and checked by a third party
- List what you have
sent in the letter as in: I have attached a CV etc.
- Include your telephone
number in the letter as the company is likely to call
with its response.
- Use the letter to tell
the employer something not included in the CV such as:
I am prepared to work regularly in mainland China.
- Hype yourself of or oversell
- Explain why you want to leave your present position.
- Assume you know much about the company you are applying
to. You don't.
- Decorate your letter with elaborate special fonts
- Use any other color paper than white.
- Try to be smart in the words you use to show off your
- Write too much. The whole point of the application
letter is to encourage the reader to read your attached
CV. You do this by highlight one or two significant
achievements. Their curiosity should do the rest.
- End your letter with "Thank you for your attention",
or anything like it. Your phone contact details are
a better conclusion.