Writing an application letter can be one of the most difficult parts of a job hunt. You need to show off your strengths, but you also need to keep them short and sweet.
- Step One: Find the Job Posting You Want to Apply For
- Step Two: Know your audience and do research about them before writing anything.
- Step Three: Be clear and concise with your message.
- Step Four: Address the requirements of the job
- Step Five: Write a brief introduction
- Step Six: Write the closing paragraph
- Step Seven: Fill Out All Required Fields (Name & Email)
- Step Eight: Include the Cover Letter and Application Form
- Step Nine: Proofread All Work and Submit
There are many different ways to write an application letter. The below article will provide you with a guide on how to write an application letter in Nigeria that is guaranteed to get you the job offer in 9 easy steps!
Step One: Find the Job Posting You Want to Apply For
-First, find a job posting you want to apply for. The best way to do this is by doing an online search (e.g., “job postings in Lagos”).
-Next, find the contact information and then click on it or look at the bottom of the post for how they would like applicants to submit their applications (online form link, email address with a subject line that says “application materials,” etc.).
-Lastly, include your name in the body of correspondence if asked! Sometimes people will call out what kind of cover letter should be included; other times, they’ll ask for resume or application materials. If not specified, they might want to see a resume, cover letter, and application materials.
-To make it easy on yourself, you can create an email template ahead of time with all the information included:
Subject Line: Your Name Application Materials
Please find attached my application as requested in your job posting! I’m very excited about this opportunity and hope that I have what you are looking for! Thank you so much for considering me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sincerely, ____Your Name_______________________
Step Two: Know your audience and do research about them before writing anything.
Who are they? What does their website look like?
This information will be found when you visit the company’s website or read their “About Us” page if it’s available online.
You want your cover letter and any other materials submitted for review to have consistency in design and tone of voice, so make sure to include this type of personalization where possible. It shows the employer you care enough about what they will think about you to put in the extra effort.
Step Three: Be clear and concise with your message.
A cover letter is typically meant to introduce you and tell them why they should hire you. It can also show that you have researched their company or highlight any relevant experience you may have.
You want this part of your application package to stand out from others, making sure it’s professional, well written, concise yet detailed enough about who you are as an individual and how qualified/interested in working at their company you might be.
The general rule of thumb for cover letters is a maximum length of one page (250 words). You can even break this into two pages if needed, but that’s only under particular circumstances where it will be beneficial to do so (for example, if multiple positions are being applied for or when writing something other than a standard application letter such as an inquiry email or speculative job inquiry.)
No matter what type of content you’re submitting, you want the employer to quickly understand what they’ll find out more by reading on. This means using short sentences and simple language that can be understood without the need for any background knowledge and making your points straightforward.
Step Four: Address the requirements of the job
This section should include an overview of what skills and experience you bring to the table relevant to this particular position (also called “selling yourself”). Highlight your most impressive qualifications first so they can be addressed at length later on if necessary.
It’s also wise to quote from company-specific statements about desired credentials or values rather than general ones like “good communication skills” because these are better guarantees of what will be expected once someone is hired onto their team. If multiple positions are being applied for, create a separate list with summaries of qualifications for each.
Step Five: Write a brief introduction
This introduction should include your name, contact information and the position you’re applying to. This section should be fairly straightforward as it’s just an opening paragraph to get things started before diving into the meat of the content below.
The first sentence of this paragraph can also serve as a “hook”, – meaning it would grab attention right away. Hence, a reader will keep reading instead of being overwhelmed by all text on their screen.
Step Six: Write the closing paragraph
Here you are, thanking them for their time and consideration! You should also repeat your contact information at this point if they want to get back in touch with you.
You can do this by reiterating what was said earlier (i.e., “I hope I’ve demonstrated my qualifications sufficiently enough today …”) or something else entirely depending on how it feels best when written out concisely yet again. Examples of phrases are provided below:
– Thanking them one more time before signing off;
– Promise that you’ll follow up with them if they don’t hear back from you within a certain amount of time;
– Ask for the opportunity to speak with them again in more detail about this job opening and how it would be appropriate or beneficial to both parties.
– Mentioning any other ways you might get in contact with them should their preferred method not work out.
Step Seven: Fill Out All Required Fields (Name & Email)
Don’t get lazy😉, you should fill out all required fields with the correct information. This is one of the most important steps to mastering how to write an application letter in Nigeria.
-If submitting online via the link provided in the job posting, fill out the boxes with your name and email address.
-If submitting via mail (most likely), double-check to make sure you included contact information on your resume or in the cover letter!
Step Eight: Include the Cover Letter and Application Form
Depending on what the company requests, include your completed cover letter and form.
-If there is no specific form required, include all relevant information on the resume such as name, address, contact info (email and phone), education/qualifications etc.
If they ask for certain forms like transcripts or past work experience, add this into the document with page numbers so the hiring manager doesn’t have to scroll through a long list of items trying to find what they need.
-Remember: Don’t include references on resume or cover letter. Read more on how to write the perfect resume
Step Nine: Proofread All Work and Submit
Time to access all your documents before you upload and submit. You want to check for grammatical errors, but most importantly, you want to name your files correctly.
When you are applying for different job roles, there is a possibility that you send the wrong resume and application letter to the wrong recruiter. I know this because I have done this a lot 😂. My biggest advice is to name your files correctly with the full name and job position you are applying for.
Now that you have added the secret sauce and learnt how to write an application letter in Nigeria, submit your resume (Be sure to check back for specific instructions on how to submit it)
I hope these 9 tips on how to write an application letter in Nigeria was useful. What was your favourite tip? Let me know in the comments.