13/01/2012


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Here are the answers to my post on covering letters in December. I hope you managed to find some of the collocations. Using collocations such as these can help you to sound positive and are they are an effective way to describe your character and abilities.

Dear Sir / Madam

My name is Stephan Kramer and Im from the city of Stuttgart in South-West Germany. I am twenty-four years old and I saw your advertisement for the position of sales manager on the internet. I would like to tell you about myself.

I believe I am an excellent candidate for the position, as I have shown great determination in my academic studies and previous employment. I graduated from university with a degree in Business Administration and I achieved the results I wanted and I coped with the intense pressure at university by meeting my deadlines and organising my heavy workload. I am able to adapt to different challenges. I would like to join your company so I can demonstrate my creative ability and produce the positive results that your company demands.

Please find enclosed my C.V. and complete personal statement.

Thank you for your time.

Yours faithfully

Stephan Kramer

 

Dear Sir / Madam

My name is Takuya Sato and I currently work as an office manager in Osaka, Japan. I recently saw your advertisement for the position of sales manager in a Japanese business newspaper. I would like to apply for the position.

I am a highly motivated individual and I possess strong leadership skills, which means that I am able to take control of a situation when I need to. I am an active participant in a team and I always make a positive contribution in any team activity. I have effective communication skills in three languages, Japanese, English and German and I enjoy practising my skills. I have shown considerable flexibility in my previous employment by tackling various tasks. Im good at assessing complicated situations and then solving problems.

Id like to draw your attention to my enclosed C.V. and full personal statement.

Thank you for your time.

Yours faithfully

Takuya Sato

 

I’d like to give you a little advice about what to include in a covering letter.

In the first paragraph you should state who you are and the position that you want to apply for. You should also say and where you found out about the post, for example in a local newspaper or on the internet. In addition, you could mention when you are available to start if you are lucky enough to be offered the job.

The second paragraph is probably the most important because this is where you sell yourself to the company. Say what qualifications you have and what studies you have done, or courses you have completed. You should state your skills and abilities and relate them directly to the post you are applying for. You should say why you are attracted to the company and how you think you will benefit the organization. Remember not to elaborate too much because the company may question you if you are called for an interview.

In the final paragraph summarise your skills and reiterate why you think you are suitable for the job. Sign off with a positive note and remember to enclose / attach you CV.

Glossary

the post (n.) - a job or position in a compnay or organisation.

to sell yourself (exp.) - to make yourself seem attractive to others.

to elaborate (v.) - to add more details or infomation.

to reiterate (v.) - to repeat in oprder to make your opinions or ideas as clear as possible.

By Ben

 

 


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