|English 101: College Writing
Sample: Effective Job
Dr. Gian Pagnucci
As you read the effective job
application cover letter below, note these traits you will want to
- The letter comes across as strong
and invites an interview.
- The writer uses Safety Director (another
good option is "Ms.") to address
Ororo Munroe. This avoids
assuming that the female employer is married.
- The writer explains specifically
why she is interested in CUNA Mutual Insurance.
- The writer discusses a great work
experience, her internship, in a fully detailed paragraph.
- The writer offers proof that she is
an effective worker who has the specific knowledge the company is
- The writer mentions that her boss
found her to be a good worker and therefore gave her additional
- The writer claims to be hard
working and dedicated AFTER offering proof that she has those traits.
- The writer mentions she is making a
trip to the Madison area. If she gets an interview, she can then book a
- The writer includes a cell phone
number so that no calls will be missed and also includes an email.
- The letter is free of grammar and
spelling errors. This is the one time grammar really counts!
Application Cover Letter
50 North 2nd St.
Indiana, PA 15701
Ororo Munroe, Safety Director
CUNA Mutual Insurance
225 N. Mills St.
Madison, WI 53076
November 29th, 2006
Dear Safety Director Munroe,
I am writing this letter to apply for your program’s Assistant Safety Supervisor
position. I feel my educational training and professional background
make me well suited for the demands of this position. Currently I am
senior finishing a Safety Science degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
(IUP) and could begin work on June 1st as your ad specifies. I also work part
time in IUP's Office of International Affairs. I am especially
interested in your company because I see that you are the leading
insurance company in the midwest region and also earned a Worker Safety
Zone award from the Wisconsin Safety Commission. I'd love to contribute
to a company as interested in worker safety as yours seems to be. I
believe the rest of this letter will illustrate what a great addition I
would be to your work force.
In looking over the job description, I see that your chief need is for
someone with a strong working knowledge of OSHA regulations. As
you’ll note on my resume, along with a full complement of safety
courses, my familiarity with government safety regulations has been
developed through an internship at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I
worked with the plant safety inspector who supervised operator safety
for a paper which had a daily press run of 500,000 copies. During the
internship, my most important training came when the paper purchased
two new printing presses. I was given the responsibility of
reviewing all instructional materials that came with the presses, and
designing a simplified operator’s guide sheet to be posted at each
press. This guide sheet had to meet all OSHA standards and be
easily accessible by 30 press operators of varying skill levels.
The plant inspector not only approved my design, but then placed me in
charge of updating all the older press safety signs in the
building. It is this type of innovative thinking, hard work, and
dedication which I would bring to your department as an Assistant
Your ad also
mentions a need for a worker with strong organizational skills. As
you'll note on my resume, I have been an Office Assistant for two years
in the Office of International Affairs.
In that position, I performed variety of tasks including filing
applications from international students. I modified the office's filing
system and added a computer record keeping component that helped speed
up application processing time. The office director was so pleased with
my work that I was given the 2005 Student Worker Award.
I look forward to discussing my qualifications with you. In fact
I will be making a trip to Madison within the next month which might
present an ideal opportunity for an interview. In the meantime,
if there is any other information I can provide you, please contact me
at (412) 555-1234. If I don’t hear from you within the next two
weeks, I’ll make a follow up call to see how your candidate search is
Thank you for taking the time to review my application.