Unit 1 Job Application
Wang Hua is a third-year student majoring in Business English at Guangzhou Open University. He has done a good job with his last two years’ courses. He will graduate from college in three months. Before that, he plans to enter a foreign trade company for internships in order to gain some work experience. A letter of application and a resume are essential when he applies for a job. He is now writing these prior to seeking jobs.
By the end of this unit you should be able to:
• Understand the basic structure of application letters and resumes
• Know how to write effective application letters and resumes
• Produce your own application letters and resumes
Task One Job Application Letter
For a couple of weeks, Wang Hua has been looking for job opportunities on the Internet or by attending recruitment fairs. Afterwards, he is interested in a job as a foreign trade salesman at the Great Wall Import & Export Co. Ltd. It is a large state-owned corporation, which mainly handles various office equipments. Wang Hua believes he will be qualified for the job and now he is determined to write his job application letter to the manager of the Human Resources Department in the company. So what can he find about the detailed information that will be useful for his writing?
Letters of job application, also known as cover letters, are used by job seekers to introduce themselves and inform an employer of their availability and desire to be employed.
Application letters serve both as cover letters for resumes and as introductions for job seekers. Unless otherwise specified by a job posting, an application letter should always accompany a professional resume.
The purpose of an application letter is to get the employer to read your resume and invite you for an interview. By writing the letter you are simply telling your potential employer that you are worth having a look at.
In an application letter, a job seeker should identify the job in which he/she is interested, the reasons for his/her interest, and his/her qualifications for the job and a request for an interview. And the application letter should always be tailored to the position for which it is being submitted, with information that is both relevant and specific to the job and the hiring company.
In an application letter, a job seeker should include a brief opening paragraph, one to three body paragraphs, and a closing paragraph, along with other features standard to business letters.
Application letters should always be addressed to a specific individual within the hiring organization and should indicate how a job seeker learned about a particular job opening.