Gian S. Pagnucci, Ph.D.
Department of English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Gian Pagnucci


Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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English 101: College Writing

Sample: Basic Job Application Letter

Dr. Gian Pagnucci

Basic Job Application Cover Letter

David Beckham
50 North 2nd St.
Indiana, PA 15701
December 5th, 2006

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Jamie Smith
The Office Shop
10792 Philadelphia St.
Indiana, PA 15701

Dear Jamie Smith,

I am writing to apply for your Sales Associate position. I am currently a freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in Computer Science. I learned about your opening on the IUP Career Services web site. I could begin work December 15th.

I see in your job ad that you are seeking a person who is well organized and high energy. I believe I would make an excellent employee for you. Let me briefly address each of these qualifications.

I worked for 2 years at the McDonalds in Clymer, PA. My supervisor, Gina Davis, said I was one of her most dependable employees. I often picked up extra shifts because we were short handed many weekends. In addition, I usually worked the late evening shift when other employees were tired and did my best to be a smiling, friendly employee for customers. Because of my high energy personality, I was awarded Employee of the Month twice.

I’m also very well organized. I am currently taking 5 courses at IUP with lots of assignments due on a daily basis. In addition, I now work 20 hours per week in the cafeteria. This semester alone I had 3 major projects to complete and 7 major papers. I use a planner and assign set course work hours for each of my projects to make sure I complete all work on time. And my current GPA of 3.75 shows how successfully I can navigate all these challenges.

I hope overall you can see what a high energy, well organized employee I would make for your company. I can be reached on my cell phone at 724-555-5555 or by email ( I look forward to hearing from you soon and will call you in two weeks to see how your search is progressing.


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David Beckham

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