For most jobs, you will need to apply in hand writing or computer print. This normally means
preparing two things one is letter of application (mean cover letter) and second
is your resume.
If you are applying for a government job, then you may also need to provide
responses to some selection criteria. We have developed this guide to provide you with
information on developing a letter of application for job offer.
Written applications for Job
Written applications for job is generally form a key part of an employer?s
selection process. Employers use selection processes to select who they should
interview for a job by assessing skills, qualities, experience and
qualifications. Some employers will also use selection processes to identify
written communication skills if these are important to the job.
Before you begin your written application you should ensure that:
ensure you have researched the employer and the position you are
identify which of your skills, attributes, knowledge, experience and
qualifications are going to appeal to the employer the most for asked
Cover letter for Job Application
Many employers are very busy, so the cover letter needs to be concise
below are the parts of your job application and concise.
What to include in Job Application
Customize every cover letter so it?s relevant to the employer and a
Focus on what the employer wants to know, not what you want from them.
Try to convince them that you can do the job, that you?ll do a great job
and that you?ll fit in and be an asset to their organization.
Make sure you include your contact details.
Keep your letter to no more than one page?you don't want to overwhelm
the employer with too much information.
Structure of your application
In the opening paragraph, explain the purpose of your letter. Mention the
position you are applying for and where you heard about it or where it was
In the next paragraph, show you can do the job and do it really
well?you should focus on covering concisely your qualifications, skills,
abilities and experience. Highlight what makes you perfect for the job
Next, highlight how keen you are to work for the company and why. Try
to give some information about what type of person you are. Keep in mind what
you know about the employer and mention the personal qualities you have that you
think they are looking for.
Before finishing, thank them for taking the time to review your
application. Also mention any attachments including your resume and any work
Final check of Application
Before sending your application check it over or have someone else read
through it to ensure there are no mistakes and ensure that you have read the job
advertisement and any other information thoroughly. For example, some employers
may ask you to send several copies of your application. Others might want you to
address specific selection criteria. If you miss things like this, the employer
might think you lack attention to detail.
You should also complete the following check:
- Don?t send too much?employers are very busy and will
not want to be bombarded with information they haven?t asked for.
- Send only copies of your documents. If the employer
has requested copies of certificates and other formal documents, send copies
only. You can show them the originals if required at your interview.
- Ensure your application is professionally
presented as employers pride themselves on their professionalism and are
looking at your application to ensure that you share their values. For
- type your application, unless they specify for
you to write it
- use clean A4 paper
- don?t make manual corrections, such as crossing
something out or using correction fluid
- make sure it is easy to read?the print is clear,
there are spaces between paragraphs, a suitable font size and
appropriate margins (the print doesn?t start too close to the top of the
page or go too close to the edges or bottom of the page)
- Use an A4 envelope so that you don't have to
fold your application
- use a standard font, nothing too fancy
- tailor your application to the job you are
applying for. If you are applying for a creative industry, it might be
appropriate to show your creativity. For most jobs, however,
concentrate on making the application clear, simple and to the point.
- number the pages in the application and include
your name in the header or footer of each page just in case they become
- If posting your application make sure you send
it in plenty of time, otherwise try and drop it off in person.
for applying job
If you are applying for government employment, then you
will probably have to provide responses to selection criteria for the job.
Check out the following information:
How to write selection criteria for offered job
How to apply for a Government jobs