Archive for December, 2006

When to Send a Follow Up Letter

A follow-up letter sent a few weeks after the initial application is essential in today’s poor job market. Hiring managers are seeing more and more applicants for each position and are generally so swamped that they cannot respond to all of them. Nor will they remember most. To ensure that your candidacy gets the attention it deserves, use a follow-up letter to again place yourself in front of the hiring manager. Not only will that person take note of your continued interest in the position, but…

Writing Letter of Recommendation

Letter of Recommendation for Job-SearchingLetters of recommendation is convenient substitutes for work references: they neatly sum up a previous or current employer’s perspective and allow prospective employers to avoid the sometimes awkward and vague conversations that result from interrogating references over the phone about your strengths and weaknesses. In addition, such letters help prospective employers to skirt the difficulties of reaching a reference. Finally, they are also a great advan…

How to Write an Effective Letter of Recommendation

When requesting a letter of recommendation, don’t be surprised if your instructor or supervisor hands the forms back to you and says, “Sure, why don’t you go ahead and write the first draft yourself, and I’ll revise it and sign at the bottom.” Chances are, that person will already be handling a large number of such requests, and in addition busy schedules sometimes call for letter-writing delegation. This is particularly true within professional settings, where employees are expected to carry ou…

What Interviewers Really Want to Know

Such an interview gives the applicant a chance to rehash his/her accomplishments, and it gives you the opportunity to get a better sense of the person’s past experiences and aspirations. This, in turn, leads to a more tailored letter — and, the more tailored the letter, the more convincing it is.The interview should help interviewers to clarify a number of points:The Purpose of the Letter. Ask the applicant about short-term and long-term goals, choice of school program or job, and reasons behin…

Steps to Writing Your Resume

Targeting Your Career and Audience – You must have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish in your professional life in order to maximize the impact of your resume for your targeted audience ­­ the hiring manager or graduate school admissions director. Before you begin, ask yourself these questions. Are you: Making a lateral move? Seeking a promotion? Career transitioning? Pursuing admission into a graduate program?* For numbers 1­3 above, the most effective way to begin targeting your resum…