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Job Application Letter

Job Application Letter

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    • WRITING YOUR JOB APPLICATION LETTER
    • THE JOB APPLICATION LETTER...IS...YOUR FIRST INTERVIEW.
      • When applying for employment by mail a job application letter must accompany your resume.
      • Often times an employer may be flooded by perhaps a stack of a hundred or more resumes on any given day.
      • In such situations, getting an interview can represent a major break-through for the job applicant.
      • The job application letter you write can and should be used to substitute for that all-important interview that you may not otherwise get, regardless of your qualifications.
    • THE JOB APPLICATION LETTER...IS...YOUR FIRST INTERVIEW.
      • Construct it wisely.
      • Resumes at best part put forth only a rather simple table of data depicting your past work history and educational background for a potential employer's scrutiny.
      • Lacking in a resume are many individual nuisances important to employers regarding the people they are about to add to their organization.
    • SURVEYS OF PERSONNEL DIRECTORS OF THE FIVE- HUNDRED LARGEST ORGANIZATIONS SHOW THAT THE VAST MAJORITY (OVER 80%) HAVE AGREED OR STRONGLY AGREE THAT THEY WANT TO KNOW:
      • Your personality. What you are like and what you will be like as an employee?
      • Why have you chosen to apply for employment with this particular company?
      • What job are you specifically seeking?
      • What makes you feel that your education or past experience relates to that job?
    • LETTER WRITING POINTERS
      • Follow rules of a standard business letter
      • Limit to one page
      • Address to a specific person
      • Avoid unprofessional language and jargon
      • Vary sentence length
      • Customize each letter
      • Use action verbs and keywords
      • Don’t copy sample letters word for word
      • Avoid too many “I” statements
    • LETTER WRITING POINTERS
      • Don’t include irrelevant information
      • Eliminate spelling, grammar, punctuation
      • errors
      • Print on high-quality stationery
      • Close with a direct request for action
      • (interview, phone call, etc.) or say that you
      • will follow up
      • Sign each letter
      • Keep a copy on file
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