What Is a Job Application Letter?

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What Is a Job Application Letter?
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A job application letter, also known as a cover letter, is a letter of introduction sent from a job seeker to those who are looking to hire someone. The application letter is usually accompanied by a resume and or a job application.

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Application letters are utilised by job seekers to introduce themselves to the potential employers to provide further background, more than a resume or application can provide.


Application letters can be used to apply for a job opening, but also when applying to an educational institution and private or public organisation.


There are a variety of formats and possible information a job seeker can include in an application letter, including personal history, training and why the job seeker is a good choice for the job.


An application letter is an opportunity for the job seeker to catch the employer's eye and allow an individual to standout from the competition by personalising the letter.


In addition to sending out a resume and an application letter, it may also be beneficial to pursue the matter further by calling or e-mailing the employer in an attempt to be remembered when it comes time for the employer to examine job applicants.

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