Presentation on theme: "Managing Life Skills. Write a Cover Letter A cover letter tells the employer that you are applying for a position in the company. Keep it short No longer."— Presentation transcript:
Write a Cover Letter A cover letter tells the employer that you are applying for a position in the company. Keep it short No longer than 1 page. Make it look profession Type your letter. Your name, address, phone number, and email address should be on top of the page. Edit your cover letter so there are no typos.
Write a Cover Letter Explain why you are writing. First sentence should describe where you heard of the opening. Introduce yourself Write a short description of your professional abilities and background. High light one or two accomplishments that relate to the job you are applying to.
Write a Cover Letter Sell yourself The cover letter should make the reader think your are exactly right for the job. Relate your skills to the skills needed for the job.
Complete and Application Form An application form is used to list personal information such as your address, phone number, and social security number. Read all directions carefully and write as neat as possible.
Complete and Application Form Write N/A if something doesn’t apply. If you don’t write anything it looks like you’re careless and skipped the question. Triple check your application. Any misspelled words or other errors may lead your employer to think you are sloppy or lazy.
Prepare for the Interview Learn about the company. Check out the company website and talk to someone who works there. Anticipate the questions you’ll be asked and practice answering them. Decide a head of time what you are going to wear. Clothes need to be clean, ironed, and professional. Make sure you know where the interview is. Know the interviewer’s name. Plan to be there 10 minuets early with a pen and portfolio.
Make a Positive Impression You will be judged the second you walk into the interview by the way you are dressed and carry yourself- have confidence! Be friendly and also business like. Speak clearly, slowly, and do not use any slang words Maintain eye contact Sit up straight Shake you interviewer's hand before and after the interview.
Ask and Answer Questions Listen carefully to the questions asked by the interviewer and do not interrupt. Keep your answers brief, focused, and positive. After you have answered all of his/her questions, ask the couple questions you prepared. This shows interest and enthusiasm.
Follow Up It is important to send a quick thank you note to the interviewer a few days after the interview. Thank them for their time and use this time to add any last bit of information you may have forgotten to say during the interview. This is your last chance to sell yourself. Make yourself look enthusiastic, confident, and appreciative. If they interviewed many people but you were the only one to send a thank you note- you stand out from the rest!