In Nigeria today, there are few jobs with lots of job seekers. Apart from building a great CV, writing an attractive application letter will also increase your chances of getting a job. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Address your letter to the right person. Go to the company’s website and find out the person who is authorised to make hiring decisions.If you are not sure, search LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.

Research the job’s requirement and tailor your writing to align your skills with the requirements.

Then paint a great picture of yourself in the application letter.This will make the decision makers quite interested in you and consider your CV seriously. Don’t repeat things already mentioned in your CV.

Briefly summarise your experience, strength, and weakness. Be careful when highlighting your weakness and make sure it is something that you can work on.

Say a few things you know about the company, incorporating it in your writing to show why you are interested in the job and the company. This will further strengthen your application.

Write your contact address and phone number in a corner of the application that is quite visible, maybe as a signature to the mail if you are sending by email or at the front of the envelope if you are submitting it in person. That will make it easy for your prospective employer to reach you if you are considered for an interview.

Although writing an application letter might seem like an arduous task, especially after several fruitless attempts, being mindful of the foregoing tips can help you land your dream job.

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