Application Letter Sample for Fresh Graduates
Are you a recent graduate currently looking for a job? If you are, then you must have experienced firsthand how challenging it is to write an application letter.
An application letter is one of the first few things that you need to prepare when applying for a job. Your application letter, together with your resume, are two of the most important documents you need in your bid to get a job and finally join the workforce.
The term “application letter” and “cover letter” are often used interchangeably though both are different when it comes to purpose, content and length. To avoid confusion, we are strictly going to use the term “application letter” on this article to describe a document which main purpose is to describe your skills, market your abilities and summarizes your experiences.
Your application letter serves as your formal (albeit non-personal) introduction with your potential employer. It contains your background, summarizes your knowledge and experiences and includes a few more details as to why you are qualified for the job. More importantly, your application letter expresses your intent to apply for a specific job within an organization, business or company.
To help you effectively persuade your potential employer in considering your application, take some notes from these application letter samples.
Application Letter Sample 1 (Print Copy)
This application letter sample shows the correct format you should use when sending out your application letter in print form. If you plan on submitting your application letter via email, refer to the second application letter sample below.
22 H Venture St.,
Diliman, Quezon City
April 17, 2015
Mr. Vincent Chua
Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI)
12/F Ayala Life-FGU Center, Ayala Ave.
Makati City 1226
Dear Mr. Chua,
I am writing to express my interest for the position of Recruitment Assistant in your esteemed company.
Having recently obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration major in Human Resource Development Management (BSBA-HRDM) in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), I wish to bring my knowledge, skills and commitment to excellence to your company’s innovative environment.
As a Business Administration student, majoring in HR management, I’ve become equipped with the necessary knowledge that come with the position including manpower recruitment, workforce organization, personnel training and compensation as well as legal provisions and other labor concerns.
My internship at San Miguel Corporation also afforded me with the crucial skills to work with some of the best professionals in the recruitment and human resources industry. Being a trainee has developed in me enthusiasm and a true passion for human resources and has subsequently convinced me that human resource management is my true calling.
For additional details regarding my qualification and expertise, please review my attached resume.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you.
Application Letter Writing Tip: When intending to submit a hard copy of your application letter (and resume), make sure that you send it in a strict business letter format. Remember that your application letter not only speaks of your skills and accomplishments. It also shows how effectively you can communicate. Therefore, make it a point to impress your potential employer by writing a grammatically correct, perfectly spelled and properly punctuated application letter.
Application Letter Sample 2 (Email Copy)
As previously mentioned, the format of your application letter may differ depending on whether you are submitting a print copy or an email copy. The second application letter sample below is a copy tailored specifically for emails.
Email Subject: Eric Tala, Marketing Associate Position
Dear Ms. Castañeda,
I would like to express my interest in applying for the position of Marketing Associate as was recently made available in your company.
I believe that my degree in Business Administration (BSBA) major in Marketing from the Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA) has prepared me for this position. As a student, I was equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to help develop and drive effective marketing strategies.
During my internship at Uniliver Philippines’ Marketing Department, I learned how companies determine what product or service to sell, how to reach target demographics and how to respond to the demands of competitors. More importantly, I had the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals who taught me how to easily grasp complex marketing concepts and at certain times, how to roll with the punches in order to achieve various objectives.
I have also acquainted myself with a wide range of skills that allow me to blend with the group or team’s culture and to continuously strive to reach common goals amidst failures and setbacks.
My active involvement in many academic and extracurricular activities has done so well in developing my communication and leadership skills, which are vital in finding success in the corporate world.
With this application letter, I attach herewith my resume for your full consideration. Thank you for taking time to review my application and I am looking forward to your reply so that we can further discuss my application.
Alvin C. Marfal
7194 Marcelo Ave
Parañaque City, Metro Manila 1700
Mobile: +63 929 XXX XXXX
Application Letter Writing Tip: Make it a point to include the necessary email subject when sending your application letter via email. The email subject provided on this application letter sample follows the usual format (name, position you are applying for) though some recruiters require applicants to send their application letter (and resumes) with a specific email subject.
Also, when sending your application letter thru email, remember to include your contact details on the email signature. By doing so, you will enable the recruiter or potential employer to respond to your application immediately.
Remember that these samples are merely templates meant to serve as a basis in writing your own, personalized application letter. When writing an application letter, feel free to customize it according to your own personal preference. You don’t want to have just another generic application letter because chances are the hiring manager has already read hundreds, or maybe thousands of it. You want your application letter to stand out and ultimately showcase why you are the best person for the job.
NOTE: These application letter samples are for reference only. All information provided should be considered as fictional.
Need more help writing your cover letter? Read “Analyzing and Avoiding Common Cover Letter Errors”.
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I'm always pushing job seekers to use a relaxed tone in their cover letters. But sometimes a formal cover letter is the right way to go. This is one of those times.
Andrew's Cover Letter for My Review
Andrew sent me this cover letter sample, asking for my help with his entry-level job search.
With this covering letter and attached resume, I would like to express my interest in obtaining employment for an entry-level job position. I submit my qualifications and interest in working with your reputed institution. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree in Accounting from the African Methodist Episcopal University. It is often said that to operate effectively within a financial environment, one must be tenacious, analytical, and highly dedicated. I want to obtain a full position in a banking institution that will utilize my analytical and financial background. I can assure you that if given this opportunity, I would be pleased to apply my competencies to add value as a member of your team. I would relish the challenge of working for such a high-profile institution and admire your commitment to customer service.Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to you to arrange an interview.
Enclosures: Resume and References.
My Take on Andrew's Rather Formal Cover Letter
I really like the polite tone of your cover letter. Thank you for sharing it with us.
I have a few comments that I hope will make it a bit better.
- Although it was once common to start a letter with "Dear Sir/Madam" it is now considered old-fashioned. It would be better to start with "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Dear Manager."
- The word "reputed" seems a little too much (almost like flattery). I suggest you delete that word.
- It would be good to make a new paragraph with the sentence "It is often said...".
- Perhaps you could say "I would like to obtain..." instead of "I want to obtain...". It's just a little more gentle.
- See how it looks if you make another new paragraph with the sentence, "I can assure you...".
- In the same sentence, I suggest you delete "be pleased to" and "apply my competencies to" so it reads: "I can assure you that if given this opportunity, I would add value as a member of your team."
- In the next sentence, the word "relish" is not quite right. I suggest using "welcome" instead. Also, I suggest using "would uphold" instead of "admire."
- The last sentence needs help. Here's another way to close your letter: "I would very much appreciate the opportunity of a job interview."
The overall tone of your letter is bit formal, but I think it is appropriate given your field. It also hints that you are from a non-American culture. If I'm correct about this, then the tone of your letter is very good. If you want to sound more American (not something I'm pushing for) then think about rewriting the whole thing with a more relaxed tone.
A Quick Rewrite of Andrew's Cover Letter Sample
I took a stab at rewriting your cover letter, using the points above and making a few more edits. Here you go.
With this cover letter and attached resume, I would like to express my interest in obtaining employment for an entry-level position at ____ (name of firm). I have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting from the African Methodist Episcopal University.
It is often said that to operate effectively within a financial environment, one must be tenacious, analytical, and highly dedicated. I can assure you that as a member of your team, I would bring these attributes to your firm. I would welcome the challenge of working for such a high-profile institution and would uphold your commitment to excellent customer service.
Thank you for your consideration. I would very much appreciate the opportunity of a job interview.
Enclosures: Resume and References
I think this version keeps your formal tone while making your message a little more streamlined. I hope it helps you land that entry-level job you're looking for.
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