I am currently writing a cover letter (for a job application) and after a long 'struggle' with the opening paragraph, I've decided to start it by briefly presenting myself and then continuing with

"The reason for which I am writing /to you ???/ is to express my interest in..."

I've already gone through so many other variants that I'm no more able to assess the suitablity/acceptablity of a given phrase, thus I will be very thankful if someone shares their opinion of the above one?

As a supplementary inquiry, I'd also like to ask about the expression "writing to you". I wonder - is it actually neccesary to add "... to you" or that's self-explanatory?

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In business communication, as in most other communication, you want to be as concise as possible while still being effective.

Your sentence "The reason for which I am writing..." with or without the "to you" is unnecessarily convoluted.

Try "I am writing to express my interest..."

or even "I am interested in..."

Get to the point. I read a lot of cover letters at work, and I'm not looking for high word count, I'm looking for basic information.

  • Thank you for the reply. May I ask, though, isn't it a little irritating when every sentence starts with "I ..."? – newbie Jul 25 '15 at 20:29

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