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COM Job Search Manual – Business Communication: Job Search Correspondence

In the job search you have three intertwined opportunities to showcase and prove your qualifications. Your resumes, correspondence, and interviews should be a unified presentation in which you detail your strengths in increasing depth and complexity. Job-search success comes from understanding the needs of the employer and from revealing yourself progressively, clearly and confidently as one who can fill these needs.

Taking the time to research the company, to prove your qualifications for the company and the job, and to communicate in an interesting, organized manner will give you a definite job-search advantage. Your correspondence reflects your style and personality and, most importantly, projects your professional image.

Whether a networking letter of introduction, a resume cover letter, a thank- you letter, or a job acceptance or refusal, the synergy of your carefully chosen words, excellent grammar and style, relevant content, professional format, and perfect timing is essential to a winning presentation.

YOU CAN NOW INCLUDE A COVER LETTER WITH YOUR RESUME WHEN YOU USE EPACK RECRUITING!

While many letters you write will be to employers who are familiar with NC State and the College of Management, most will be to employers you target because of your personal interest.

In most of these cases, managers have no particular incentive to answer unsolicited letters. The responsibility is yours to write compellingly and convincingly in order to motivate employers to respond to your requests; the burden is yours to follow through and establish the contact and the relationship.

Whether letters are invited or uninvited, first impressions become lasting impressions. Your letter most likely will be your first communication with an employer, and, thus, is your symbolic representative.

Tone is important: be positive and confident, be complimentary but not obsequious, and excite the reader to want to know you.

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