My previous jobs include two years as a sales assistant in an organic food shop in Japan. This has given me experience of dealing with customers, as well as cashier skills and a basic knowledge of food retailing. I have been living in London since last September, and am currently studying English at a language school. I have good English communication skills (recently I passed the Cambridge First Certificate in English exam). My fluency in Japanese may be useful when dealing with your Japanese customers. I am an enthusiastic worker, and enjoy working in a team. My student visa entitles me to work up to 20 hours per week (or longer during my school holidays), and I could start work immediately.
If you are sending your application by post then make sure that the recipient’s name, department and address details on the envelope are the same as at the top of your cover letter.
What paper to use
You should only use good quality plain white paper. Do not use coloured paper, lined paper or paper with holes in it.
Sending your cover letter as an email attachment
Use sensible filenames for your attachments . do not use something like ‘miketheman_’, also use a subject line that will make sense to the recipient and looks professional, for example use the job name or reference . ‘Office Manager Ref B234’.
Grammar and spelling mistakes
Make sure that there are none. Remember if there are any mistakes then your application is likely to be rejected immediately, recruiters will be reviewing your attention to detail and your ability to communicate in writing. Consider having a friend or colleague proof read your application.