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1 Application Letters 1

2 Application letter Some features include: a.Address, date and salutation  Address your letter to a specific person, ideally to the person who will interview you. Kevin Lim Human Resources Director GTL Holdings 15-8 Menara Global Jalan Tandang Kuala Lumpur 2

3 Application letter Salutation  Look for the person’s name in company publications, or phone the organization and ask for the person’s name or for the personnel manager Example: Dear Mr Lim 3

4 Application letter Some features include: b.Opening paragraph - mention where you learned of the opening - state why are you writing and why you want to work in that job position and for that particular organization - attract attention and create the desire to read further 4

5 Application letter Example: I am interested to apply for the position of ______________ as advertised in The Star on 16 February I believe that I have the qualifications and experience that you are looking for. 5

6 Application letter c. Middle paragraph(s)  Provide information about yourself, skills and knowledge; mention achievements Example: I am currently enrolled in the final year of the business administration course at University of Malaya and I will graduate in August I am very interested to pursue a career in the field of business administration. I have completed a wide range of subjects that provide me with a firm base of knowledge and skills relevant to the requirements of the _______________ position. 6

7 Application letter Middle paragraph(s)  Convince the employer that you have the personal qualities and motivation to succeed.  Relate your interests and qualities to your knowledge of the company. Example: I believe that my knowledge and skills will help me contribute a great deal to your company. Above all, I possess the interest and determination to perform well in the position you are offering. 7

8 Application letter d. Ending paragraph(s)  Urge the reader to continue the correspondence.  Bring attention to the enclosed resume.  Request an interview. 8

9 Application letter Example: I have attached my resume for your kind consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the position further. I can be contacted at ___________ or through e- mail: ______________. 9

10 Application letter e. Closing Acceptable closings: Yours sincerely 10

11 Using Active Language- Do’s  Use present tense to discuss current activities and past tense for previous job duties or accomplishments. 11

12 Using Active Language- Do’s  Don’t be vague in your descriptions. Vague: I worked as a ramp agent at Comair.  Don’t use weak verbs such as endeavored, tried, hoped, and attempted. Weak: I attempted to attract customers.  Don’t use sexist language such as chairman and manpower. 12

13 Curriculum vitae (CV)  A resume is a summary of your academic qualifications and job experience.  Your resume should select and highlight your background and achievements in such a way that it will generate job interviews.  A resume must be perfect (Why?) 13

14 Curriculum vitae (CV) 1. Layout - Quality of paper: white or light coloured - Use short paragraphs - Category titles on the left and relevant information on the right. - Not more than two pages. 14

15 Curriculum vitae (CV) 2. Font selection - Use plain, easy to read font face and size. - Key headings in all capital letters or title case. - Use italics, underscoring, and bullets to improve the look of your resume. 15

16 Chronological CV  In a chronological resume you have to list your job experience in date order, starting with the most recent first.  Use this style if you have shown improvement in education, skills and work experience 16

17 Reference Resume References have to be able to answer questions on the following subjects :  Professional Conduct / Personal Character  Academic Qualifications  Work Experience  Job titles  Responsibilities  Employment Dates 17

18 Reference  Ask permission before you use references.  Verify with them what they think about you.  Ask your previous employer if your job performance was such that he would rehire you. 18


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