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JOBS: Tips on Writing a Good Application Letter

Your letter will always be louder than your actions when applying for a job. With this, you should not be worried because no one is perfect. You'll make mistakes often, but with time when you put this into practice, you will get to learn more and also experience a change in what you are doing.

When submitting your resume for a job, you should include an application letter. This type of letter gives you the opportunity to elaborate on your qualifications and explain why you want the job. A well-written application letter can entice hiring managers to schedule an interview with you, propelling you forward in the application process.

An application letter

Also known as a cover letter.

It's a document that goes with your resume when you apply for a job. This letter elaborates on the information in your resume. It provides you with an excellent opportunity to highlight your most relevant qualifications and explain why you believe you are the best candidate for the position.

Writing an application letter

  1. Research the company/ organization

The first thing first is to do thorough research on the company or organization that you're applying to. Many job seekers fail to do this and it causes lots of confusion about what to write in your letter. You need to understand where your letter is going.

You should also be very keen on the details of the company. That is to know who is the head of the company, the size of the company, and the skills required in the company among others.

2. Your letter should also be in a professional format.

This letter should be formatted professionally and include your name, contact information, date, and company information.

3. State the position that you're applying for.

Before writing an application letter, you have to go through the job description and identify the role or the position that you are applying for.

Begin the letter with a clear statement about the position you are applying for. Mention the company by name. You might want to mention where you saw the job posting. If you were referred by someone at the company, including their name and position.

4. Explain why you're the best candidate for the job.

In this section, you need to be very clear and hit the nail on the head.

Explain why you're the best fit for this job opening in one or two powerful sentences. Give specifics about your experience, skills, education, and certifications.

5. Summarize your qualifications.

Mention the most important qualifications that make you a good fit for the position. Give a brief overview of your background, highlighting the most important points from your resume. Consider first what you want the hiring manager to know.

6. Why do you want the job.

This section explains why you chose this company and what interests you the most about this job opportunity.

7. Professional closing tag.

Thank the reader for taking the time to read your letter, include your resume and any other attachments, and offer to provide additional information as needed. Mention how excited you are for the next steps in the hiring process, and finish with a closing tag.

Here's a job application that you could try the above skills. Best of luck!

JOBS: Finance Intern at Fairmont Hotels & Resort

A finance intern usually works under the supervision of management in the business services division and must adhere to the accounting or auditing process. To gather, comprehend, process, verify and report accounting-related data to his/her vertical head.

About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

The Fairmont Norfolk is a historic hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, and is owned by the luxury hotel chain, Fairmont Hotels, and Resorts. The hotel has 170 rooms, and 4 restaurants, and consists of 5 main blocks, each ranging from 1 to 2 stories high. The hotel has a signature Tudor style of architecture that has been maintained since its original construction.

What is in it for you:

  • Learning programs through our Academies and the opportunity to earn qualifications while on internship
  • Opportunity to develop your talent and grow within your property and across the world!
  • Ability to make a difference in the local community through our Corporate Social Responsibility activities, like Planet 21 

What you will be doing:

  • To provide an effective system to track Accounts Payable for effective Cash Flow management
  • To provide a summary of the vendor's aging report on a monthly basis.
  • To prepare monthly accruals for goods and services received, but not invoiced.
  • To ensure all stocks of the hotel are monitored and is controlled

Your experience and skills include:

  • Possibility of making a study agreement of at least 6 months
  • Proficient in the English language
  • Finance or business-related degree or diploma
  • A creative person with great attention to detail
  • Proactive and reactive, with a positive attitude, and a good disposition to work as a team

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to Fairmont Hotels & Resorts on careers.accor.com to apply.

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