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How to write a good job application letter

Have you seen your dream job on Gulf Job World? Let's get you started to make a good first impression by writing a good application letter.

An application letter always has to be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and vice versa. You can really make a difference by writing an application letter that stands out as it enhances your chance for being invited for an interview.

Below some tips and advice from us at Gulf Job World

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The application letter should not take more than one A4 size paper. Keep it short and to the point.

Application Letter Opening

  1. Start your application letter by explaining for which job you are applying.
  2. Add a one-liner why you are the most suitable person for the job.
  3. If you've had contact with someone from the company already, refer to it.
Example: I am very interested in the position of xxx as advertised on Gulf Job World and would like to be considered for the job.

Application Letter Motivation

  1. Explain why you apply for the job.
  2. Explain why you would like to work for this particular company.
Example: Having worked within the industry for over xxx years, I have developed a wide range of skills that would meet and exceed the expectations for this particular role.

Sell yourself!

  1. Explain why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  2. Refer to your education and work experience. But only mention your work experience which applies to the job, don't give too many details.
  3. Write down some of your personal skills and characteristics.
Example: In my former job I was heading a team of five people, a job that suited me well as I could combine my work experience with my leadership skills.

Application Letter Ending

Do not end your application letter by writing that you hope they will react. Close the letter firmly by:

  1. Writing that you have confidence that your qualities will meet the job requirements.
  2. Writing that you would like the opportunity to give a verbal explanation of your application letter and cv.
Example: I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my application letter and cv in an interview.

Application Letter Tips and Advice

  1. Keep your application letter short. Three to five paragraphs is sufficient.
  2. Show your future employer you are the right person for the job. Explain what your qualities are in relation to the job.
  3. Use space between you paragraphs, the application letter will be easier to read.
  4. Avoid sentences that are too long.
  5. Employers like their applicants to be enthusiastic and motivated. Make clear why you would like to apply for this job in an enthusiastic way for the company to feel special.
  6. Invite yourself to an interview in your last sentence in such a way that it would be an advantage for the employer to invite you.
  7. It is always good to print off your application letter before you send it as you will notice spelling mistakes a lot quicker as you would do on a computer display.
Example: In my former job I was heading a team of five people, a job that suited me well as I could combine my work experience with my leadership skills.

We from Gulf Job World hope we have helped you with this information and that you will have a successful job interview!

 

Job Interview Tips

Job Interview Tips