How to Write a Job Application Letter
- Learn about appropriate content for job application letter
(sometimes called cover letter) by reading "Application Letters" in
Brusaw et al. Handbook and the web site on job application
letters. Both resources include sample letters. I, of course, would
have you use the samples on the web site as your primary guides.
Also review business letter format in "Correspondence" in Brusaw et
- NOTE: for this project, as for the resume project, you can
prepare a letter based on your background at this point OR you can
hypothesize what your letter will be the semester that you graduate.
Please indicate in upper right-hand corner the date for which you
are preparing the job application letter: e.g., Spring 2000, Fall
2000, or Spring 2001.
- Obtain a job description similar to what you will apply for when
You can obtain this job description from ones posted on internet
resources, at Career Services, or another source appropriate for
OR you can write your own job description based on what
qualifications you know are required for your intended career. (Occupational
Outlook Handbook at http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm should
provide information about these qualifications.) If you write your
own description, "Job Descriptions" in Brusaw et al. Handbook
may be helpful.
Find or write a job description that provides more guidance than
the short "BS in Accounting required."
- Write your letter to the job description.
- Print your letter on same resume paper that you use for your
- (1) job description (required or your letter cannot be
graded). Although you'll be given a second chance to submit a
job description if it's not submitted the first time with your
job application letter, five points will be deducted.
- (2) job application letter (350 to 400 words for non-honors
students and 400 to 500 for honors students) printed on same
paper that you use for your resume.