Job Seeking Skills Guilford County SciVis V201.02
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.