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Job seeking skills

  1. 1. Job Seeking Skills Guilford County SciVis V201.02
  2. 2. Letter of Application The letter should be one page in length, usually 3-4 paragraphs long. The letter should be formatted using full block or modified block format. (Template can be used). The letter should be readable, using 12-point type. The letter should express your interest and qualifications for the job to which you are applying. It should reflect what is in your resume.
  3. 3. Letter of Application Use an introductory paragraph that indicates what job you are applying for and any special credentials you may have. In the next two paragraphs, highlight your academic degrees and work experience. Tell the employer about any special qualifications. In closing, indicate that you are interested in being contacted for an interview. Tell when and how you may be contacted. Express your enthusiasm for this opportunity.
  4. 4. Job Application Be sure the application is complete and correct. Contact any references so they will be prepared to reply to any questions asked by the prospective employer.
  5. 5. Resume and Electronic Portfolio. The resume may be a hard copy or on a CD. If the resume is electronic, make sure the format is compatible with most computers. The electronic portfolio may be in the form of a presentation. In the resume be sure to include the following: Personal Information, Career Objective, Education, Work Experience, Honors and Activities, Special Skills, and References.
  6. 6. The Interview Research the company beforehand and memorize important facts. Arrive early but not more than 15 minutes. Make a good impression. Dress neatly, appropriately and conservatively. Do not dress trendy or outlandish. Do not wear a lot of perfume or cologne. Be enthusiastic and demonstrate a good attitude.
  7. 7. The Interview Stand up straight and use proper posture. Use eye contact. Be brief and accurate with answers. Try to avoid one-word answers. Do not criticize past employers. Prepare a resume and work samples to give the prospective employer. Have a list of references with addresses and phone numbers. Send a thank-you letter afterwards.
  8. 8. The End