Example Letter #1
I am responding to your advertisement for nannies and au pairs that appeared in my local newspaper last Wednesday. I have always wanted to visit a foreign country and would love to have the experience of living in the United States for a while. I am willing to commit to an employment period of one year, as either a nanny or an au pair.
I have done a great deal of baby-sitting, tending both my two younger brothers and the children of several neighbors. I can cook reasonably well and am hard-working and responsible. I have also certified in CPR and have done first aid training with the Red Cross. I have a driver's license, though not, of course, in the US.
I have enclosed a copy of my resume, as was requested in your ad, and look forward to hearing from you.
Example Letter #2
I am writing in the hope of securing a position as an excavator or laboratory assistant during next year's field work in the International Valley.
I hold a bachelor's degree in archaeology from Springfield University, where I attended a hands-on field school in the summer of 2018. I have also been employed by the state of Kansas the past two summers as a general surveyor. I am currently a paid intern in the office of Dr. John Doe, the State
Historic Preservation Officer for Kansas.
Please find enclosed a copy of my resume and a letter of recommendation from Dr. Doe.
Example Letter #3
I am very interested in any information you could provide me on temporary employment with your company during the period of June to December. I am a U.S. citizen with excellent qualifications in many areas, including construction, computer network administration, graphic design, and maintenance of office machines.
My goal is to secure a position in one of these areas so that I can learn more about business practices overseas. I currently hold a Bachelor's degree in political science, and intend to continue my studies in the area of international business administration.
My resume is enclosed. Please review it and I will contact you by telephone to discuss my prospects.
Write Your Letter Step-by-Step
Explain what you wish to do or achieve. If possible, mention specific employment-related goals, not simply your desire to work in a foreign country.
Point out your qualifications for the job.
Refer to your enclosed resume or a single letter of recommendation or reference. Limit your resume to a single sheet of paper. Do not include copies of certificates or diplomas unless these have been specifically requested.
Make it easy for the reader to contact you or send you information. Give your e-mail address if you have one, as well as your mailing address. If possible, give phone and FAX numbers. Many large businesses will send a free information packet, but you could offer to pay any expenses if it seems appropriate.
E-mail: HDoe@xyz.edu I look forward to hearing from you. I will be traveling through Centerville at the end of the month and will call you then, but if you would like to contact me in the meantime, please leave a message at 555-5555.