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By Michelle Wanjiku

A job application letter is the most important part of a job application. This is what you use to show the employer that you are uniquely qualified for the position you are applying for.

Having a well written job application letter is therefore paramount to you getting shortlisted for an interview.

Sadly most people overlook this important step and end up making mistakes that cost them the job in the end.

Here are some tips to help you as you write your job application letter.

1. Tailor make it

Most people think that they can use the same generic cover letter to apply for all the jobs. This is not true as every position is different and as such the cover letter should also be different.

2. Give relevant experience.

For example, when applying for a Finance position it is important that whatever experience you put in the job application letter be related to finance. There is no point I giving your sales experience unless the job description specifically asked for someone with sales experience.

Giving irrelevant experience takes up space and doesn’t really show that you are suited for the position.

3. Address the recipient

When drafting your job application letter it is important that you address it to the one who will receive it by their last name.

Make sure you find out who will get your job application letter and use their name in the salutation as opposed to dear sir/madam. This will show that you took the time to research and that you are truly interested in the position.

4. Make it short

There is no point in having a job application letter that is 2 pages long. The hiring managers do not have time to read through all this and as such your application will be thrown out.
The trick is to keep it short and cover the important parts.

Here is a sample Job Application Letter for a Finance Position.

Michelle Wanjiku
P.O Box 5555- 00100
Nairobi
Email: michelle@careerpointkenya.co.ke
January 2016

The Human Resources Manager
XYZ Company
P.O. Box 8596-00100
Nairobi.

Dear Mrs. Wamaitha,

RE: APPLICATION FOR THE FINANCE POSITION

I am writing in relation to the above mentioned Finance position. As advertised, I possess experience in financial management and I am currently pursuing a Degree in Business Management, Finance Option.

Currently though, I am in- charge of Financial Management with ABC company where I am tasked with managing accounting books.

Additionally, I have served as an Accountant with GHF Ltd Clearing and Forwarding Company where I was in-charge of accurately updating the cash book and preparing bank and general ledger reconciliations, filling finance related documents and accounting records to ensure easy tracing and checking petty cash vouchers for proper authorization and acknowledgment of cash by recipients and ensuring proper posting of the same.

Over and above, my approach to my work goes beyond my job description, as I am always looking for ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs. I am well versed in leading teams and I have significant expertise in training and mentoring junior staff members.

I am looking forward to playing a vital role in financial decision-making and adding significant value to your company. I would also like to mention that I am looking forward to joining your organization and offer my contribution in its financial stability and development, thereby assisting in the growth of the organization within the market financially.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Signature

Michelle Wanjiku