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The most important for your personal career are the letters you write to apply for a job. Accompanying resume can help you get the job of your choice if they are well planned and written. You write your resume or cover letter, you must think about yourself because your employment correspondence must give a prospective employment correspondence must give a prospective employer a positive-and desirable-picture of your personality, background, and experiences. A good way you start is to make a list. In any order, as you think of them, list such facts as:  Jobs held  Schools attended  Areas majored in  Special courses you have taken  Extracurricular activities you have participated in  Memberships you have held  Awards or honors you have received  Sports you enjoy  Languages you speak  Special interests you have  Special skills you have  Try to include on your list any FACT that could help an employer see your value as an employee.


Is sometimes called a data sheet or vita. It is an OUTLINE of all you have to offer a new employer. Your resume, with its cover letter, is the first impression you make on an employer. It promotes those traits you want the employer to know possess. For the reason, it must look PROFESSIONAL. A resume must be PRINTED on business-size bond, these most be PERFECT and look like originals. At the top, type your name address, and telephone number. The rest of the resumes consist of the facts from your list categorized and typed under headings. Some recommended headings are: • • • • • • • •

Employment (or Career) Objective Education and/or Training Awards and Honors Work Experience Related or Extracurricular Activities Special Skills Personal Data References


Is a sales letter in which you are both sales person and product. The purpose is to attract an employer’s attention and persuade her to grant you an interview. A letter of application serves as the COVER LETTER of your resume. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and personality. There are two types of application letters: A SOLICITED: Is sent in response to a help wanted ad and must sell your qualifications, this letter is your chance to interpret and expand and emphasizes your strongest and it is important because demonstrate that you know about the company. AN UNSOLICITED: Is sent to a company for which you would like to work even though you know of no particular opening. The advantage of this type of application is that there will be little competition. When we begin to write the letter of application we use that points 1. Start by attracting attention. 2. Continue by describing your qualifications. Assure the employer that you are the person for the job. Conclude by requesting an interview. Make it easy to contact you and reach you.

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Few people nowadays send a follow-up letter after an interview. For this reason alone, it can be highly effective. A follow-up letter should be courteous and brief. It should merely thank the employer for the interview and restate your interest in the job. A reference to a successful moment at the interview is a good, personalizing touch.


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The difference between letters of reference and recommendation is slim. A recommendation is an endorsement while a reference is simply a report. A recommendation is persuasive while a reference verifies facts. Both types of letters start out the same. Each should include: 1. A statement of the letters purpose. 2. An account of the duties performed by the applicant or of the applicant’s general qualifications.


You may find yourself in the fortunate position of choosing from several job offers. Or you may be offered a job that does not meet your needs or expectations. In such situations, you should send a courteous, discreet letter declining the job. By doing so, you will preserve a potentially valuable business contact and leave open the possibility of future employment.


Every employer must face the unpleasant task of rejecting job applicants. When the search for a new employee has been properly conducted, there will be one successful candidate but several unsuccessful candidates. A personal letter explaining specific reasons for an applicant´s rejection is professional and preferable, but a form letter is more often used to reject in general terms, all the unsuccessful candidates.


Landing a new job usually means resigning from an old one. Speaking personally to your current employer is appropriate, but putting the resignation in writing is also advisable. As with refusals, resignations must convey a negative message as positively as possible. You may be delighted to be leaving or feel hostile toward your former boss, but your letter of resignation should express regrets, not anger. Be sure to: 1. State that the letter is your resignation, mentioning the data on which you would like leave. 2. Express appreciation for your old job and/or regret leaving. 3. Offer assistance with any work that you will be leaving undone or with helping the person who will replace you.


Are written to a business associate on behalf of a third person, such as an employee, customer, or client. They are written when a person you know would like to establish a business relationship with another person whom you also know and the two businesspeople have never met. In such a situation, the letter of introduction you write explains three points: 1. The relationship between you and the person being “introduced� 2. Your reason for introducing him to your reader 3. What you (or he) would like the reader to do for him The letter of introduction is a combination of request and reference. It should be worded with courtesy.



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