Cover Letter for Job Application

Writing a cover letter for job application is essential, whether you are applying for a position by submitting your CV or through an application form.  This letter is also sometimes called a letter of application, which is exactly what it is.

The covering letter does not duplicate the information already given in your CV but highlights any relevant information. 

To find relevant information:

  • Refer to the job advertisement.
  • Visit the company website.
  • Review any company literature that you are able to source.
  • Read the job description carefully.

See below an example of a covering letter.



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Formal Letter Format

The formal letter format is also sometimes referred to as the business letter. Business letters are more formal than personal letters in a number of different ways:

They usually address matters of importance.

  • They are sent to people in senior and influential positions.
  • The tone is businesslike, respectful and courteous.
  • The subject matter is structured logically and is clear and to the point.
  • No postscripts, slang words or condensed date formats are used.
  • They can be fully blocked or indented. Most companies have however adopted the fully blocked layout.

The formal letter format is often used when applying for an academic program or a job, filing a complaint, confirming an agreement or simply expressing your opinion in a coherent manner. To ensure the effectiveness of formal letters, you must be aware of the correct format. Read more>>>>


Parts of a Business Letter

Learn more about the parts of a business letter below. The formal letter format is also sometimes referred to as the business letter. Business letters can be fully blocked or indented, most companies have however adopted the fully blocked layout below. All the parts of a business letter seen below must be included in a formal letter if applicable. Read more>>>






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