Tips for Writing and Producing Job-Search Correspondence

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To a large extent, securing an appropriate position is a challenge of communicating effectively. Job-search letters should reflect sound writing practices and promote your candidacy. You must communicate your value to a prospective employer in an understandable, brief, and positive way. The following guidelines should help you achieve those goals:

1. Design your letters to be work-centered and employer-centered, not selfcentered. Your letters are marketing tools that should address the needs of employers and evoke a desire to learn more about you. If they hire you- what is in it for them? 2. Never delegate responsibility for your job search to anyone else. Do all the writing yourself, and take responsibility for following up with employers. 3. Always address your letters to a specific individual with his or her correct title and business address. 4. When emailing save documents as shown above. 5. Keep the letter to one page. Eliminate extraneous words and avoid rehashing material from your resumé. 6. Produce error-free, clean copy. 7. Tailor your letters for each situation. Generic, mass-produced letters are unprofessional. 8. Show appreciation to the employer for considering your application, for granting you an interview, etc. 9. Always keep your reader in mind. Make your letters easy to read and attractive. 10. Be timely. Demonstrate that you know how to do business for yourself and, by implication, for others. 11. Be honest. Always be able to back up your claims with evidence and specific examples from your experience. When reflected in your writing, these job-search guidelines should communicate that you are a responsible person with a positive attitude who knows how to operate in a professional environment. Download free Tips for Writing and Producing Job-Search Correspondence.pdf here

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