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WEEK 10: JOB APPLICATION LETTERS: Along with resumes, we are also studying the job application letter. With internet application becoming more and more common, the job application or “cover” letter is becoming rarer. Many companies want you to apply online using a pre-set form, and adding a cover letter is optional. But I would advise that you always, always include a cover letter – it allows you to include information about yourself and your skills that your resume may not. A well written letter can tip the scales in your favor; you should learn to take advantage of that. JOB APPLICATION LETTERS: The function of the job application letter is to act as a cover letter or introduction for your resume. You send an application letter as an accompaniment to a resume. The job application letter is crucial because it is usually read first – this is the first glimpse a prospective employer will have of you. You can also customize the letter for each job. The cover letter is addressed to a particular person at a particular company – if you don’t know who to address it to, make an effort to find out. There’s nothing wrong with calling the company in question and telling them that you are sending a resume and would like to know who to address it to. This is more effective than just writing your letter to “Dear Sirs.” The job application letter also gives very specific information regarding qualifications for a particular job. The point is to convince the reader that you are an outstanding candidate who should be called for an interview. Note that I said called for an interview….not “hired on the spot.” Your goal with your resume and cover letter is to garner an interview. When I was first out on the job market, I had an older brother who had broken into the same business (TV news) before me. He used to tell me that my first goal in getting a job was to get the interview. You can decide AFTER the interview if you really want the job or not – but the first step was to make them want to call you in for an interview. So think about the letter that way. Getting a job is a process, and writing a good cover letter is the first step in the process. Now “giving specific information regarding qualifications for a particular job” means that you give evidence of your accomplishments. You don’t load on the empty self-praise. Saying you cut costs and increased productivity by ten percent is evidence. Saying you’re an “enthusiastic people person” is empty self praise. Which brings me to the next point; what to include in your letter. Selecting the information you want to include and developing it is critical. Look at the position being advertised. Pick several points from the job description itself and highlight your experience with those items. If the job requires extensive experience with Excel, then you make sure that you mention the project you just completed that used Excel. If the job
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course ITEC 3290 taught by Professor Dunn during the Spring '12 term at East Carolina University .

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