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A job application letter is one of the key elements of your job application – after your CV. As a fresh graduate, your application letter is what you can use to show your potential employer that you are the perfect fit for the position you are applying for.

This letter is what will set you apart from other candidates, and give you a chance at showcasing the skills you have.

It is therefore important that you have a well-written job application letter that will get you shortlisted for an interview and eventually get you a job.

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Here are a few practical tips you can use to come up with your application letter

Tailor-make it

As a fresh graduate, it is important to have a different application letter for each job you apply to. Having a different one ensures that you are able to sell yourself and just how perfect you are for the job you are applying to.

It will also ensure that the experience and skills you note down are in line with the position you are applying for.

Sell yourself

Take this opportunity and use the application letter to focus on how you would benefit the company. Where possible, provide examples of the times when you demonstrated skills or abilities that are relevant to the job you are applying for.

Use keywords

As you go through a job advertisement, be sure to go through the skills and abilities that are mentioned. These are the keywords. In your application letter, use these words to enable a potential employer to notice you more easily.

Keep it brief

A potential employer is more likely to read a letter that is short and straight to the point. Therefore, keep your application letter to one page, and ensure that you cover all the important aspects.

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Here is a sample job application letter for a fresh graduate:

Lisa Osiako

P.O Box 41584- 00100

Nairobi

 

9th April 2019

The Human Resource Manager

XYZ Company

P.O. Box xxx

Dear Sir/ Madam,

REF: APPLICATION FOR A POSITION AS A XYZ

As an intricate professional with the knowledge and training on how to carry out financial and accounting processes, I am well prepared to surpass your expectations for the position of the xxx. It is my belief that my ability to always ensure excellence in all the roles handed to me presents me as the best fit for this position.

My analytic time-management and communication skills are excellent allowing me to manage numerous duties. Moreover, I have proven a strong commitment to high ethical and professional standards that would allow me to make a significant contribution to the organization.

I am enriched with skills in accounting, finance, reconciliations, tax and statutory. Additionally, I can work well under a team with minimal supervision at the same time willing to learn more about the pros and cons of accounting.

With my experience in skillfully performing a full range of operations, combined with my interpersonal, and organizational skills, I am ready to provide outstanding services within your company. I look forward to discussing the position with you in further detail.

 

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Signature

Lisa Osiako