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Job Search Letters

There are a variety of letters written during the job search process. Many professionals refer to these series of letters as job search correspondence. Examples of letters are letter of inquiry, letter of application, letter of acceptance, and thank you letter, to name a few.

A cover letter is a necessary business letter that (must) accompanies your resume whether you mail, email, or fax your application and /or resume. Its purpose is:

  • Introduce your resume.
  • Express your personality and enthusiasm for the position.
  • Accentuate unique qualities, characteristics or skills that you may possess.
  • Reinforce your resume and candidacy for the position.
  • Provide support for your candidacy that is not covered by your resume.

Writing a cover letter can be time-consuming task, especially when you create targeted cover letters. It is a good idea to customize your cover letter for every position and employer you are applying to.

Download a Guide to Writing Career Search Letters >> 
 

Networking

In preparation of conducting a job search and developing a networking system, you need to take time and learn how to systematically build a personal network that will work for you.

  • Networking is a reciprocal process based on the exchange of ideas, advice, referrals, leads and contacts.
  • Social activity which involves simply chatting with people.
  • Systematic networking is a planned and structured campaign that starts with friends, acquaintances, and relatives.
  • Meet with all kinds of new people that have information you would like to obtain.

Objectives of Networking

  • To inform people you are available for hire.
  • To discover jobs in the hidden job market.
  • To communicate with a wide variety of people.
  • To increase your general employer knowledge.
  • To impress professionals who might be in a position to hire you.

Benefits of Networking

  • Knowing how to access the “hidden job market”.
  • Studies have indicated that as many as 80% of all positions are filled by informal hiring methods.
  • Employers have long relied on work-of-mouth advertising, information from friends and behind-the-scenes favors when seeking to fill openings.
  • Practices such as this save valuable time and money and yield satisfying results.
  • Build a personal networking system that will place you in the right place at the right time to get the job you want.

Tips to Networking Success

  • Everyone is a potential contact. The more people you come into contact with, the higher the probability of success.
  • Anticipate rejection. Everyone experiences some amount of rejection. Be prepared.
  • Keep it subtle. Be honest, professional, and genuine.
  • Develop a plan. Success will be related to your ability to develop and follow the strategies you plan.
  • Maintain contact with the individuals you consider your network system.