Sep 14, 2015 06:42 PM EDT

What To Never Forget When Writing An Effective Application Letter

Application Letter
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: A job-seeker (top) hands his resume to Candice Perkins, a representatvie of Workforce1, an city-sponsored employment agency, during a 'Work Search' event aimed at older unemployed people January 18, 2011 at a high school gymnasium in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The event, sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), consisted of workshops for basic job skills like resume building targeted to an over-50 job seeking demographic. Unemployment for older worker has decreased slightly in the past year, though rates are still three times higher than they were a decade ago, when only 2.5 percent of people over 45 were jobless.
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Some might think that resume is the most important in job search process. But most people believe that a strategically targeted application letter is the best weapon to fight the battle in the competitive job market. CareerOne explained one of the reasons behind it, which is alllowing the aspirant to target the job and company they want to work with in a very specific and special way.

The letter of application is a document that introduces the highlights of your key accomplishments that would make a perfect fit for a job opening. It typically provides the information qualified for the job someone is applying for. According to Quintessential Careers, it is sent along with the resume to provide more information on one's experience and skills.

Writing an amazing application letter is not an easy task. It's crucial to think, understand and be well informed on how to properly construct it. Aboutcareers lists down things that should be included in an application letter. These are:

1. Subject (for email). Don't forget to put the name of the job you are interested to apply for and your name on your message's subject line.

 2. Greetings. You can begin your letter greeting with "Dr/Mr/Ms. Last Name." If you don't know the last name of your employer you can simply write "Dear Hiring Manager," or you can simply leave it blank instead.

 3. Body of letter. The body of a letter is composed of the first, middle and last paragraph. In the first paragraph you can focus on the reason why you want to apply. The middle part gives you the opportunity to impress by enumerating the things you can offer to your employer. And the last part is your chance to say thanks to the hiring manager and to give notes on how you will be followed up.

 4. Signature. End your application letter with your signature. It should be handwritten followed by your typed name. And if it's an email, just include your typed name and your contact information.

Don't forget how to create an excellent application letter. It will sure be like a key to a giant door of opportunity that is sure will opened specially in front of you.

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