Letters of Application

1 S You will hear two business partners discussing a job application which they have just received. Look at the table below, then listen to the cassette and tick the appropriate boxes. Using the notes, say what details the person applying for the job included in the letter of application.

Job applied for Q car salesman Q car mechanic Q carpet fitter

Qualifications Q degree Q A Levels O O Levels

Current position Q permanent Q temporary Q unemployed

Experience -1 Q telephone repairs O telephone sales

Experience -2 EH car maintenance Q car sales

Qualities Q reliable O mature Q cheerful

Enclosures Q CV Q references Q photo

A forme fr" educati al letter of application is written when applying for a job or a place on an educational course. A job application usually includes educational/professional / qualifications, details of previous experience as well as the applicant's qualities and skills. Previous experience should be presented in a clear order using linking words such as: currently, before this, subsequently, prior to this, following, whereupon, etc.

Useful Language: Applying for Jobs

I am writing to apply for the post/position of... advertised in yesterday's ... I am writing in connection with/with regard to the vacancy in your Sales Department, as advertised in The Times on/of 14th October.

• Experience/Qualifications:

I am currently/At present I am employed/working as ...

I was employed as (position) by (company) from (date) to (date)...

During this time, I held the position of .../was responsible for .../my duties included ...

I have received training in .../completed an apprenticeship, etc ...

My qualifications include .../I am presently studying/attending a course ... I am due to take my final examinations in June ... I have/hold/obtained/was awarded a degree/diploma/certificate in ... I have successfully/recently completed a course in (subject) at (place).

I enclose/Please find enclosed my CV/references from ... I would appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience/as soon as possible. I would be available for an interview at any time/until the end of June/etc. I would be pleased/happy to supply you with any further information/details ... Please contact me should you have any further questions/queries.


Paragraph 1

state reason(s) for writing

Moin Body

Paragraphs 2-3-4-5*

education & qualifications, previous experience, personal qualities, suitability


Final Paragraph closing remarks Full name

* The exact number and division of paragraphs and the order of presenting information will depend on the specific instructions for each letter-writing task.

2 Read the advert.sement, instructions and model below, then look at the CV on the nght. Say which information in the CV has not been includ-ed ,n the letter, and why. Finally, suggest alternative beginnings and endings to this letter.

Rapidly expanding marketing company seeks marketing manager for overseas office in Tokyo. The successful candidate should be fully qualified in the marketing field and have a knowledge of the Japanese language. The • applicant should be between 30-40 years old, single and willing to relocate ; at very short notice. All letters, including a CV and one photograph, should be marked for the attention of Mrs Dominique Lloyd (Personnel Manager) ; CFF Marketing Ltd 7, Brompton Rd, Surrey, Tel.: 8219434

You have decided to apply for the job advertised above. Write your application, stating clearly why you think you are suitable for the job.

Dear Mrs Lloyd,

I am writing to apply for the position of Marketing Manager in your Tokyo office, as advertised in last week's Guardian newspaper on 9th October.

As outlined in my curriculum vitae, which I have enclosed, I attended Riverside Secondary School in Gloucester where I completed my GCSE and 'A' Level studies. In 1987, I graduated from the University of Wales with a BSc in Business Studies and Marketing.

After graduation, I moved to Tokyo where I trained as a market researcher for the Yen Company for two years. On my return to England, I continued working as a market researcher until 1993 when I obtained my present position.

I am currently employed as Assistant Managing Director at Melton Enterprises, where my duties include the organisation of staff and stock, as well as the allocation of budget within the sales department. I am also responsible for overseeing the whole business, and am generally noted for my good organisational and managerial skills.

I believe that I would be an ideal candidate for the position you have outlined, as I have had extensive marketing training with a well-known Japanese marketing and public relations firm. My time spent living in Tokyo also ensured that I obtained a valuable insight into Japanese culture and working practices. I also have a number of very good business contacts in Tokyo, as well as a basic understanding of the Japanese language which is necessary if one is to be able to work effectively. Finally, I am willing and able to relocate at short notice, which I understand to be a requirement of the position.

I enclose my curriculum vitae and photograph as requested, and I would be happy to supply you with further details should they be required. I thank you for considering my application and am willing to attend an interview at any time.

Yours sincerely, Steve tt "Bnadteq Steven Bradley

Curriculum Vitae

Name: Steven Bradley

Date of Birth: 6 December 1964

Address: 21, Tiffen Avenue, Gloucester


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