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notes for degree, diploma & hnd - Integrated Skills

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Job Application Letter

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notes for degree, diploma & hnd - Integrated Skills

  1. 1. WRITING YOUR JOB APPLICATION LETTER
  2. 2. THE JOB APPLICATION LETTER...IS...YOUR FIRST INTERVIEW. <ul><li>When applying for employment by mail a job application letter must accompany your resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Often times an employer may be flooded by perhaps a stack of a hundred or more resumes on any given day. </li></ul><ul><li>In such situations, getting an interview can represent a major break-through for the job applicant. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  3. 3. THE JOB APPLICATION LETTER...IS...YOUR FIRST INTERVIEW. <ul><li>Construct it wisely. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Lacking in a resume are many individual nuisances important to employers regarding the people they are about to add to their organization. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 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: <ul><li>Your personality. What you are like and what you will be like as an employee? </li></ul><ul><li>Why have you chosen to apply for employment with this particular company? </li></ul><ul><li>What job are you specifically seeking? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes you feel that your education or past experience relates to that job? </li></ul>
  5. 5. LETTER WRITING POINTERS <ul><li>Follow rules of a standard business letter </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to one page </li></ul><ul><li>Address to a specific person </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid unprofessional language and jargon </li></ul><ul><li>Vary sentence length </li></ul><ul><li>Customize each letter </li></ul><ul><li>Use action verbs and keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t copy sample letters word for word </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid too many “I” statements </li></ul>
  6. 6. LETTER WRITING POINTERS <ul><li>Don’t include irrelevant information </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate spelling, grammar, punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>errors </li></ul><ul><li>Print on high-quality stationery </li></ul><ul><li>Close with a direct request for action </li></ul><ul><li>(interview, phone call, etc.) or say that you </li></ul><ul><li>will follow up </li></ul><ul><li>Sign each letter </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a copy on file </li></ul>

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