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Archive for the ‘Letters of Application’ Category

Don’ts for Completing Applications

Often a time we all look for what we have to do when it comes to completing a job application. What about what not to write when completing these forms. There is no right or wrong but sometimes the obvious gets us making errors and mistakes. if we know the don’ts to completing the application then we wont have to worry about it not being correct.

I’ve just complied some points that i use when completing these applications

  • Don’t cross off information
  • Don’t write unemployed on application
  • Don’t say anything bad about a person or company
  • Don’t forget to sign and date on the application
  • Don’t lie
  • Don’t make mistakes
  • Don’t leave blanks
  • Don’t use abbreviations
  • Don’t try to explain limitations on the application – describe your abilities and skills
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How to Write Effectively

It is important to write effectively and correctly when it comes to applying for jobs. The employer can judge how good of a communicator you are through your writing skills.

The video below illustrates the effective ways on writing effectively in a business world.

Business Writing Styles

There are several types of styles one can use to write business letters, reports or emails. Check the link below and find out various ways to write good business letters.
http://www.techcommunicators.com/pdfs/sharp-01-good-biz-style.pdf

How To Write A Cover Letter

A cover letter should not take hours to write up. The beat way to approach to writing the letter is to tell a story if you can. If you can relate your desire for the job to an experience in your life, then by all means do it. For the beginning briefly summarize your career. In one or two specific sentences, describe your work and experience. One can also illustrate your qualifications with examples. Give concrete specifics of achievements that illustrate how you could advance the company’s agenda. Always conclude by saying when and how you’ll get in touch. In your last line, tell the recipient when to expect to hear from you. Another pointer is don’t cut and paste from the job description. If you’re applying for a posted job, do keep the requirements in mind, but don’t use the exact wording. Last point err on the side of formality. Even though your cover letter will be an e-mail, keep the style businesslike, unless you are writing to a contact with whom you already have a relationship and you are mirroring their informal style.

The Must Haves for An Application Letter

Letters for application purpose should not exceed more than one page. The format of the letter should be singled-spaces with a space between each paragraph. The font should be one of the traditional ones like Times New Roman, Ariel or Calibri. The size of the font should be between 10- 12 points. The letter should begin with a header usually consisting of an address phone number and email address then followed by the date. Then the body of the letter then last and most important is a signature.

Be specific and to the point when writing the body for your letter. You only have one page to brag about how good of a candidate you are so it’s best not to waste space. It’s always best to restate your skills in the closing and discus employment opportunities. Always thank the employer for his or her considerations. Main tip is to always have your letter proofed and edited if needed before it goes out.

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