The letter of application (also called the covering letter) can be as important as the CV in that it often provides the first direct contact between a candidate and an employer. If this letter is not well written and presented, it will make a poor impression. The letter of THE LETTER OF APPLICATION application normally contains three or more paragraphs in which you should:

· confirm that you wish to apply and say where you learned about the job

· say why you are interested in the position and relate your interests to those of the company

· show what you can contribute to the job by THE LETTER OF APPLICATION highlighting your most relevant skills and experience

· indicate your willingness to attend an interview (and possibly state when you would be free to attend)

Complete Laura Winston's letter of application using the following verbs:

contact discuss employed welcome involved

apply enjoy notice advertised matches

Laura Winston 52 Hanover Street Edinburgh EH2 5LM Scotland UK THE LETTER OF APPLICATION 8th January
Helen Scott Patagonia GMBH Reitmorstrasse 50 8000 Munich 22 Germany
Dear Ms Scott, I am writing to 1_________for the position of Public Affairs Associate which was 2 _________ last week in the International Herald Tribune. Although I am presently 3_____________ by a non-profit making organization, it has always been my THE LETTER OF APPLICATION intention to work in a commercial environment. I would particularly 4____________ the chance to work for your company and as you will 5_________ on my enclosed curriculum vitae, the job you are offering 6_________ both my personal and professional interests. My work experience has familiarized me with many of the challenges7 ___________ in public relations THE LETTER OF APPLICATION today. I am sure that this, together with my understanding of the needs and expectations of спорт and nature enthusiasts, would be extremely relevant to the position. Moreover, as my mother is German, I am fluent in this language and would definitely 8 __________ working in a German-speaking environment. I THE LETTER OF APPLICATION would be pleased to 9___________ my curriculum vitae with you in more detail at an interview. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to10___________ me if you require further information. I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely, Laura Winston

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An excellent resume may help you get the THE LETTER OF APPLICATION job of your dreams and a poor resume may mean a lost opportunity.

Since this is the first piece of information a company will receive about you, it is critically important that your resume be well-written.

It should be presented at the beginning of any interview that you THE LETTER OF APPLICATION have with a company. Ideally, resume should not be longer than one page.

The contents of a resume can be categorized as: 1) PERSONAL INFORMATION (address and telephone number), 2) JOB OBJECTIVE 3) EDUCATION, 4) EXPERIENCE, 5) SKILLS, 6) EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, 7) REFERENCES.

The resume begins with PERSONAL INFORMATION, name, address, telephone number centered at the top THE LETTER OF APPLICATION page.

After your address, a statement of intent or JOB OBJECTIVE should be written. It should not be too general, e.g: «To obtain a managerial position in a Western company».

Think about your job search and career goals carefully, write them down in a way THE LETTER OF APPLICATION that shows you have given this much thought.

For example: «Objective: To obtain a position in telecommunication that will allow me to use my knowledge of engineering and take advantage of my desire to work in sales».

Notice that your desire to have a well-paid job is not THE LETTER OF APPLICATION included in this statement. A фокус on money in your resume's first sentence will not make the best impression anywhere in the world, not just in Russia.

After the statement of intent, describe your EDUCATION.

List the universities, institutes and colleges you have attended in reverse chronological order.

Any THE LETTER OF APPLICATION studying you have done abroad should be included and courses that you have taken that are relevant.

•If you graduated with honors, you should definitely include this. A «red diploma» can be called «graduated with high honors» in English. Do not include your high school.

• Your working EXPERIENCE is the THE LETTER OF APPLICATION next section. List your experience starting with your most recent place of employment and work backwards. Spell out the exact dates of employment, your position, and the name of the company you worked for.

Provide information about your responsibilities, emphasizing important activities by listing the most relevant to your THE LETTER OF APPLICATION objective. Do not use complete sentences! List your responsibilities in short statements that do not include the words «my» or «I».

Following experience, you should list your special SKILLS. These include your language skills, computer abilities, and any other talent that relates to your statement of intent.

When THE LETTER OF APPLICATION describing your language abilities, it is best to be honest about assessing your level «Fluent English», «native Russian», «intermediate German», and «beginning French» are all ways to describe your language abilities. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES should be included in the next section.

Student or professional organizations you belong to, travel, sports THE LETTER OF APPLICATION and hobbies should be listed here.

Do not list «reading» or «writing» as an activity. It is assumed most people with a higher education do these things regularly. The last section of your resume is the REFERENCE section. List at least two people, not related to you, who THE LETTER OF APPLICATION can describe your qualification for the job.

Their names, titles, places of work, and telephone numbers should be included. If you do not have space on your resume for this, write «Available upon request». You will then be expected to give this information to a prospective employer if it is requested THE LETTER OF APPLICATION.

The style and format of a resume are extremely important. Your resume must be typed, preferably on a computer in order to format it most effectively. A neat and well-written resume with no spelling mistakes will give an employer the impression that you are accurate and take THE LETTER OF APPLICATION care of details.

A resume will not get you a job. An interview with a company will get you a job. In order to have the opportunity of interviewing with a company you should send your resume with a cover letter.

I. Match a word in A with its THE LETTER OF APPLICATION synonym in B:

1. to obtain a) wish
2. objective b) possibility
3. desire c) to begin
4. tо start d) to supply
5. space e) to receive
6. opportunity f) goal
7. to provide g) place

II. Fill in the gaps with suitable prepositions:

a) upon b) to с) in d) at e) of THE LETTER OF APPLICATION f) with(2) g) for h) on i) about

1. Special skills include your language skills, computer abilities, and any other talent that relates ... your statement of intent.

2. Extracurricular activities should be included ... the next section.

3. It is assumed most people ... a higher education do these things regularly.

4. List... least two THE LETTER OF APPLICATION people, not related to you, who can describe your qualification for the job.

5. A neat and well - written resume with no spelling mistakes will give an employer the impression that you are accurate and take care ... details.

6. If you don't have space on your resume for this THE LETTER OF APPLICATION, write «available ... request».

7. The resume begins ... personal information, name, address, telephone number centered at the top page.

8. It is best to be honest... assessing your level.

9. Give the full name of the company you worked ....

10. The resume should be typed ... a computer.

III. Give Russian equivalents to the following English words THE LETTER OF APPLICATION and word combinations:

1. a well-paid job a) заканчивать с различием
2. to make the best impression b) языковые умения
3. in reverse chronological order c) заявление о намерении
4. job search d) оценивать уровень
5. to graduate with high honors e) создавать самое наилучшее воспоминание
6. recent place of employment f THE LETTER OF APPLICATION) сопроводительное письмо
7. statement of intent g) в оборотном хронологическом порядке
8. language skills h) поиск работы
9. cover letter i) отлично оплачиваемая работа
10. to assess one’s level j) последнее место работы

IV. Match the words with their definitions: