Letters of Application

Letters of Application :

Letters of Application :

The letter of application is one of the most important letters that you will have occasion to write. It affords you an opportunity to bring yourself to the notice of business men. It is your personal representative, sent in advance to create a favorable impression before the interview. You should, therefore, devote to it all the time and effort necessary to make it represent your best self.

While no set form can be given that will answer in all cases, the letter of application should usually contain four paragraphs. It should

1. Name the position for which you are applying and tell how you heard of the opening.

2. State your qualifications — age, education and experience.

3. Give your references.

4. Have an appropriate closing.

In writing a letter of application, the following suggestions should be carefully observed.

1. Use a good quality of plain, white paper, writing on one side only.

2. Be sure that the paper and envelope are clean. Under no circumstances should letters containing blots or erasures be sent out.

3. Have your letter typewritten if possible, unless requested to apply in your own handwriting. If applying for a position requiring penmanship, enclose a specimen of your writing.

4. Write frankly and modestly. Express no doubt as to your ability to fill the position for which you are applying. When answering an advertisement, cover all the points mentioned in the advertisement.

In any event, give your age, your preparation, your experience and your references. State whether you are married or single, unless you are so young as to be obviously single and if requested to do so, name the salary you expect.

5. If possible, give as reference the name of a former employer, the instructor in the courses you have taken or some friend who can speak of your character and ability. Never give a person as reference, however, until you have secured his permission. Always give the full names and addresses of your references.

6. If you have letters of recommendation, enclose carefully written copies, marked "Copy" at the top or bottom, with the word "Signed" in parenthesis before the signature.

7. If you are not asked to name a salary, say nothing on that point, unless to state that you are willing that the matter of salary be determined after the employer has had an opportunity to form an idea as to the value of your services. If asked to name a salary, never say "Moderate salary" or "Salary no object," as that would not be business like and probably insincere. When you name a salary, take into consideration your ability and experience and the salary paid for such services in the locality where you are applying for a position.

8. When an impersonal address, such as "A 263, Tribune Office," is used, it should occupy the same position as the personal address, both in the letter and on the envelope and the salutation should be Dear Sir or Gentlemen. This gives a better appearance than to omit the salutation.

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