HOW TO WRITE A LETTER OF APPLICATION

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STANAG 6001 writing tasks may include elements of a letter of application, and to be honest writing such letters is a very practical skill. You may need to write about your education, experience, interests on various occasions and for different reasons. This ability may prove useful anytime you need to write a bio, or a biographical note about yourself in the context of you abilities and achievements.

STRUCTURE

A letter of application usually has a few elements:
INTRODUCTION in which you actually apply for admission, a place, position, or to be considered as a candidate. It doesn't have to be a job. You may as well, let's say, apply for a place on a course, present your candidature as a head of a club.
MAIN PART in which you refer to your education and experience. The content of this part will depend on what you apply for and on your personal situation.
JUSTIFICATION in which you want to convince the addressee to chose you. You may explain your interest in a course or the fact why you are so well suited to take up a position.

LANGUAGE

There some expressions which will surely help you to deal with these functions:
APPLYING
I would like to apply for admission to the …beginning on /in …
I am writing to apply for a place on … (the course)
I would like to be considered for … (the course)
 
TALKING ABOUT EDUCATION
I hold a certificate in …
I hold a degree in …
I have completed a Master’s/Bachelor’s degree in …
I am due to take examinations in … (English) on/in…
I have taken/passed the examination in …
I hold the following qualification…
I have completed the following courses…
My degree is in …(construction engineering).
 
TALKING ABOUT EXPERIENCE
I have spent…(2 years) working as a …
I have assisted in ….
I have worked as a … for ….
 
JUSTIFYING
I am sure I am an appropriate candidate for [this course/position], because…
This [course/position] will allow me to…
This [course] would be a perfect opportunity for me to…
If I am admitted to participate in the [course], I am sure I will contribute greatly
to …
If you entrust me with this position, I will ...
 

EXAMPLE

Dear Sir/Madam,
I would like to apply for admission to the course in command you are organising. The participation in such a course would be very helpful in my career. 
I wish to inform you that I have been a company commander for the last two years. What is more, I was in charge of this unit on the overseas mission. In addition to that, I hold a certificate of the Staff Officers’ Academy in Brussels which I graduated from two years ago. Furthermore, I have just finished an advanced English course for commanding officers.
I would like to participate in your course because it has a reputation of the best course for future commanders. Graduating from this course would be a great step forward in my military career.
I look forward to receiving your response in the near future.
                                                                                                        Yours faithfully,
                                                                                                                 XYZ

 

TASK

Here's a task for you. Good luck!
Write a letter to the aviation language center 1) asking for admission to a specialised course in Aviation English, 2) informing about your education and experience, 3) justifying your interest in the course. Write a minimum of 120 words.
 
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