Are you stuck in as far as writing a perfect job application letter? Well, worry not since here are a few tips that can bail you out and make you smile to the bank!
A good job application letter has the following key features:
At least two addresses- the sender’s and the recipient’s(s’.) Never put your name in your address even if it is your address
A formal date such as 23rd November, 2019. It is usually written below your address (sender’s address). Avoid informal dates such as 10-12-2019, 12/03/2020 or 13.12.2020
A salutation such as Dear Sir, Dear Madam, Dear Mr. Wendo, Dear Mrs. Openda, etc. N/B: Do not stroke for instance Dear Sir/Madam. Ensure that you use the correct title to salute the addressee
The subject of the letter- this refers to what the letter is all about. It is usually written as RE: or REF for example RE: APPLICATION FOR A JOB AS A TEACHER OF BIOLOGY AND AGRICULTURE
“RE:” is used when writing a letter for the first time i.e. if you are not writing about an earlier letter or document that you had sent.
“REF:” on the other hand, is used when you are referring to an earlier letter or document and in this case, you must quote the reference number of the document for example Ref 1/10/2019
The body of the letter- this contains the content of the letter;
Avoid greetings and the use of informal language. Furthermore, it should be brief and concise since the rest of the details can be easily obtained from the Curriculum Vitae. Use polite or courteous language such as “I would like to” because you are requesting for the job. Thus do not command or appear like you are demanding for the job. Avoid phrases such as ‘I want to apply for the job’
The closing remarks (final comments) should express the hope of being considered for the interview. Do not just leave your letter hanging. An example is ‘I am eagerly waiting for your response’, ‘your consideration will be highly appreciated’, ‘I will be grateful for your consideration.’
Your contact (the sender’s contact.) This could be your e-mail address bearing in mind that this is a digital error, a postal address or a mobile number for instance ‘you can kindly get back to me through the following contact +254 765 344 900.
Gratitude- since English is naturally polite as a language; it is prudent if you consider appending a ‘thank you in advance’ clause as the last remark.
A valediction-this part depends entirely on the salutation. Check this below:
SALUTATION: Dear Sir or Dear Madam
VALEDICTION: Yours faithfully, followed by your signature, not initials, then your full name and lastly your designation(if applicable) e.g.
SALUTATION: Dear Mr. Wario or Dear Miss Nema or Dear Mrs. wep or Dear Ms. Pambio
VALEDICTION: Yours Sincerely, followed by your signature, not initials, then your full name and lastly your designation(if applicable) e.g.