Letter of Application (Work Experience)
When applying for a work experience placement always ‘sell yourself’ to your potential employer. When you apply for your work experience placement, or any other job, first impressions are always important. Follow the tips below to draft out your letter, give it to a parent or teacher to proof read. When you are happy with the contents, type the letter up and send it. Do not be afraid to phone the company for information, e.g. to ask for names, to confirm the address or to check if the letter is received.
Always try to address the letter to a named person. If you do not know this information write to ‘the manager’ If you do not know the person’s name, write the letter to Dear Sir/Madame Highlight the subject of your letter so the reader can see what it is about at a glance.
If you know the person’s name use ‘sincerely’. If not finish the letter Your faithfully.
80 Privet Gardens Small Town Notts S80 7YZ 8th May 2009 Mrs A Taylor Managing Director Fashion UK 1 Nottingham Road Matlock NG29 9NJ Dear Mrs Taylor Re: Work Experience Placement 2nd –6th March 2009 My name is Juliet Harding: I am 15 years old and attend Best High School. I am writing because I wish to secure a work experience placement in a textiles manufacturing company next year. I am considering a career in this field when I leave school. I am currently in the last year of my GCSE studies and particularly enjoy Art, Design and Technology. I have been helping to design and create costumes for our school play and although I am particularly interested in studying design, I also enjoy practical work. I am an able and hardworking pupil and have a good record of attendance at school. I have enclosed a copy of my CV but if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be contacted on 01909 65783. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely
Your address and date should be here. Remember that this information must be detailed enough for the company to be able to reply to your letter Include your name, age and the specific placement you would like .e.g. Classroom Assistant in Key Stage 1. could you also include your phone number? Mention any relevant knowledge, qualities, skills or experience that you have and how these will be beneficial.
Sign and print your name
Say thank you for considering the application.
J Harding Juliet Harding Enc CV
Letter of Thanks
Employers put a lot of time and effort into organizing work experience placements and deserve a gesture of appreciation from their students. You should make a special effort to say thank you on the last day of your placement and send a letter of thanks the following week. Below is a sample letter sent by a student to thank her employers. Use this to help you draft your own letter, special tips have been included to help.
5 Main Street Newtown Nottinghamshire NG12 3AB 130th March 2009 Ms A Brown Managing Director Fashion UK 1 Nottingham road Newtown NG32 1MU Dear Ms Brown I am writing to thank you very much for the opportunity to work with you during my work experience last week. I really enjoyed my time with you and found the work interesting and beneficial. I especially enjoyed learning about your work on developing waterproof fabrics. The research that I witnessed in that area was fascinating. My time with you will be very helpful and relevant to my GCSE studies. Please pass on my regards to everyone who made my time with you so worthwhile, particularly Mr John Moore and Ms Veronica Doyle who gave me a lot of help and advice. Once again, many thanks and my good wishes to you all. Yours sincerely Address your letter to the person who was in charge and interviewed you, even if you didn’t spend much time with them during the placement. Mention the things that you enjoyed but be brief. Include details about any specific incident or occasion which was memorable and helpful to you. Write about what knowledge or skills you gained during the placement. Refer to the person you particularly wish to thank by name and explain why you are especially grateful to them. Your envelope. Look at the position of the name and address on the envelope. Make sure to include the postcode. Remember your stamp.
Ms A Brown Managing Director Fashion UK 1 Nottingham Road Newtown NG32 1MU