Every piece of the puzzle has its place and each piece molds specifically to another.
When you’re working on how to go about job searching, this analogy doesn’t stray far from the truth. Every thing you have to submit should be carefully crafted and received by the employer seamlessly.
Consider the following links to solving the “getting-a-job” puzzle: letter of intent, resume, the thank you letter, and the letter of acceptance (or conversely, the letter of denial).
Link One: Letter of Intent
This is a pretty useful tool when you’re looking to establish some correspondence between yourself and a prospective employer. Use this link to lay the foundation of your professionalism and writing capabilities. Remember to use correct grammar and spelling, as you should with everything you send out. This will help make you appear attentive to detail, a quality every employer looks for in his/her employees.
The letter of intent should be sent along with your resume; so use the letter to highlight specific portions of your resume. This is where you can go into some detail that exemplifies whichever traits are most relevant to the job you’re applying for.
And never forget to end this letter with a statement that shows you appreciate their time for going over your letter/resume.
Link Two: Resume
This link of the chain is quite possibly the most integral one you possess. A well-written resume provides the information that employers look at first and determine whether or not to proceed from there. Here, it’s imperative to display your skills openly, honestly, and your attention to detail. Make sure all of your contact information is correct and spelled properly. Where this may not require a glamorous construction of sentences, stellar writing is still a requirement.
Link Three: Thank You Letter
So, your letter of intent and resume passed the first test and Company XYZ brought you in for an interview. After your nerves have calmed down, take the time to write your interviewer a thank you letter. Acknowledge the value of their time and your continued (or heightened) interest in the position. Keep it short and sweet.
Link Four: Letter of Acceptance (or Refusal)
You’ve landed the job! Congratulations! But there’s still one last link in this chain of correspondence. Don’t forget to send in your letter of acceptance, or letter of refusal if you choose not to take the job.
Some things to remember in your letter of acceptance are to confirm the title of your position, salary, and as a courtesy, to again thank them for their time.
If you’ve decided to go in another direction, let the company know this. You don’t have to go into much detail beyond letting them know that the opportunity was much appreciated, but you must respectfully decline to pursue other options.
And there it is, the links that connect to make a successful job searcher (and hopefully, a successful employee.)
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