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Which is correct?

  • I am writing to apply for the position of ____ in your company.
  • I am writinng to apply for the position of ____ at your company.
  • I am writinng to apply for the position of ____ for your company.
  • Would depend on the position being applied for. For eg, a consultant works "for" a company not "at" or "in" a company but a deputy manager or programmer works "in" a company. – Mamta D Dec 9 '14 at 4:33
  • and a health care assistant, or a caregiver? Would that be '"for a company? so: I am writing to apply for the position/role of caregiver for your company: – Linlina Dec 9 '14 at 4:39
  • In that case, it can be "at"...for the position of caregiver at your company – Mamta D Dec 9 '14 at 4:41
  • PS. Better to state the name of the company rather than saying, 'your company'. – Joe Dark Dec 9 '14 at 9:23
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As part of my job as an project manager, I have written a few job descriptions and read quite a few inquires like the one you mention. In my experience, when the phrase is "work --- your company", it is almost always "at your company". Actually, it is usually phrased "at Acme Widgets" or whatever the company name is.

If the company pays you, you work for the company. Most people would also work at the company. An exception, as Mamta D says, is that consultants don't work at the company. In American English, people don't work in a company--they work in a specific department such as accounting. They also work in a specific building and at a specific location (street address).

Although people work for a company, the job is not for the company, it is at the company. So, you could apply to be an accountant for Acme Widgets, apply to work in the accounting department at Acme Widgets or apply for the position of accountant at Acme Widgets. The third form is what I most often see.

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    +1 on differentiating between "work" and "job". Hollywood movies tend to lump them together – Raestloz Dec 9 '14 at 7:15

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