Tips For Writing And Producing Job-Search Correspondence
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:
||Design your letters to be work-centered and employer-centered, not self-centered. Your letters are marketing tools that should address the needs of employers and evoke a desire to learn more about you.
||Never delegate responsibility for your job search to anyone else. Do all the writing yourself, and take responsibility for following through with employers.
||Always address your letters to a specific individual with his or her correct title and business address.
||Use high-quality stationary and envelopes.
||Keep the letter to one page. Eliminate extraneous words and avoid rehashing material from your resume.
||Produce error-free, clean copy.
||Tailor your letters for each situation. Generic, mass-produced letters are unprofessional.
||Show appreciation to the employer for considering your application, for granting you an interview, and so forth.
||Always keep your reader in mind. Make your letters easy to read and attractive.
||Be timely. Demonstrate that you know how to do business for yourself and, by implication, for others.
||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.
Taken from "Planning Job Choices 2000 43rd Edition"