Sample Job Applicant Letters

A cover letter is not the only job applicant letter you will be required to write during the course of your career.

If you have been interviewed by a prospective employer, you could send them a post-interview letter thanking them for considering you seriously enough to have interviewed you.

If you have interned at a business, you may want to write and thank them for the opportunity.

You may even have to write a letter letting a prospective employer know that you are glad to be offered the job but regret you cannot accept it because of certain developments.

Job applicant letters must leave behind a trail of professionalism. They must paint you as someone worth seriously considering now, later or again.

Job applicant letters don't just document your qualifications, experience and the like. They can even help position and sell you as the most ideal candidate for the job.

Always include keywords the prospective employer uses. If you are a conceptual copywriter, for example, mention as many keywords associated with the job title as possible without going overboard. At least, use keywords mentioned by the employer in an advert or job posting.

Don't ramble on. Use as few words as you can to say a lot.

Be understated.

If you want to use a testimonial from a former employer or client (with their permission, of course), be discreet about it.

Triple-check what you write for mistakes and omissions. Ideally, put the letter aside and review it once again the next day.


[Company Details]

Sub: [What the letter is about]
Ref: [Where you heard about the vacancy]

Dear [Ms./Mr. Last name],

I am writing in response to your September 12 job posting on

I am a protégé of American Writers & Artists Inc.'s Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting direct-response course and would like to be considered for the position.

I am now a freelance copywriter and bring over 10 years of copywriting experience to the table. My copywriting career has also taken me to four European and Asian countries, where I have gained experience working on both sides of the table.

At last count, my copy has sold over $1.80 billion worth of goods and services ranging from men's multivitamin formulas to shipping companies. Brands that I have worked on include P & G, Microsoft, Maersk, GNC Corporation, Franklin Mint, Agora, Nightingale-Conant, Sun Chlorella USA . . . and many others.

I consider myself the ideal candidate to fill the position because I believe I fit your requirements to a T.

In addition, I also have extensive experience as an Internet marketing consultant to several government agencies, including the Department of Social Services, U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs and American Hospital Association.

A link to my copy samples is included in the attached CV.

I would appreciate knowing whether or not I have a future at [Company].

Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

Thank you for your time.


[Contact details]

P.S. I hope you don't mind if I write again two weeks later if I don't hear from the agency before then.

P.P.S. Because I am a freelancer, I can attend an interview at the convenience of the interviewer(s).