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Warm-Up for Application Letters

When applying for a job or other opportunity, you'll often be asked to write an application letter. In such a letter, you reveal your goals, qualifications, and skills. This unit will show you how to write a winning letter.

What Is an Application Letter?

Writing a Application Letter
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What happens when you meet someone new? You probably tell the person your name and a few details about yourself. Next, you might talk about common interests. If the two of you become friends, you will learn more about each other over time.

Sometimes, it’s important to tell key details about yourself right away. For example, if you want to spend a week at soccer camp or volunteer at the local animal shelter, you may need to write a special letter to introduce yourself and make your request. This type of business letter is called a letter of application.

In an application letter, you give information about yourself and tell your reasons for applying for something. When writing your letter, be sure to state all of your ideas clearly and politely. If you do, you will make a good first impression, which is very important.

Thinking About Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Before you can write your letter of application, you should evaluate which skills and qualities you have and which ones you still need to work on. Here's how one student took stock of her skills.

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