Your letter of application is your first contact with your prospective employer. From the very start, it is important to create the right impression in whatever position you are applying for.
Follow these simple rules to help you become successful in applying for a job.
Follow the instructions given in the advertisement. Supply all the information and documents requested. Do not forget to quote the source of advertisement (website or newspaper’s name and date).
Make a draft beforehand of what you want to put in your application. It is important to take note of the following pointers because most companies are very strict about applicant’s credentials: the kind of person your prospective company is looking for, and the skills you have to offer that corresponds to their advertisement.
Make sure you present yourself in such a way that matches the requirements of the job you are applying for. You can do this by identifying something in your own past experience that is relevant to the advertisement, and showing your prospective company that you are very interested in the position advertised.
Remember that you have to sell yourself when applying for a job. You must not stretch the truth but you should certainly emphasize your strong points.
Do not try to reveal any obvious weaknesses such as lack of experience or qualifications. Just stress on your adaptability and eagerness to learn new things.
Try to list more of your general skills and abilities. There are things that your prospective employer might want to know about you. These things can increase your chances of being hired: you know how to operate a computer, you know how to use a fax machine, and you know how to drive.