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What is a Cover LetterA cover letter is to introduce yourself and get an employer to read your resumeThis personalizes your applicationOpportunity to expand on information provided in the resume
Tips on Cover LettersKeep it simpleMake sure it is typed unless an employer specifically asks for a hand-written letterSpell check, check for grammar errors, and proofread for senseSign the letter in ink
Contents of a Cover LetterA cover letter is generally one page long consisting of:Opening address Three paragraphsYour signature
Opening AddressDirect the letter to the person and address you want to receive it (double check the spelling)If name is unknown contact the organization to find outIf name is unavailable, the salutation should be Dear Sir or Madame:
First ParagraphIndicate the position you are applying for, competition number or department, or any other relevant informationIdentify where you heard about the job, in the newspaper, on the internet, bulletin board, from an individual
Second ParagraphExplain why you are suited for the jobEmphasize your skills and abilities that may be applicable for the position for which you are applyingMake reference to your resume at this time
Third ParagraphState that you are interested in meeting with the employer for an interviewArrange for a follow up including when and where you can be reachedAlways thank the interviewer for considering your application
Additional InformationIf you have the job advertisement make sure that all the skills and abilities mentioned in the ad are in your cover letter, you may be screened out if you dontNever lie on your resume or cover letterMake sure you write your resume and use language you are familiar with
Resume ChecklistPage 27 of the Job Search HandbookIf you need assistance the Can-Sask Office can also assist you in wording, finding job descriptions, proofreading, and to be that second or third opinion
Job SearchLet friends and family know that you are looking for workCanvass businesses about unadvertised jobs (I prefer in person)Look in newspapers, window advertisements, and the internet for potential job opportunitiesCan-Sask does have a resume posting site, it does go across Canada so you may want to stipulate your location preferences
The InterviewYou will have two main purposes when you go for your interviewConvince the employer that you are the right person for the jobGather information about the position, responsibilities, and about the organization
Interview TipsGo aloneArrive earlyTurn off cell phonesSmile, shake hands, address person by nameSit up straight, be alert, and make eye contactListen carefullyCollect your thoughts and then respond to questionsRespond with brief and direct answersBe honest
Interview DontsChew gum or smokeComplain about present or former jobsRamble and give lengthy answersBe apologetic or desperateBe critical of othersBe late
Preparing for the InterviewResearch the PositionWhat are the skills required?What tasks and activities are involved?What are the hours?What is the dress code?What are the expectations? (eg travel)
Research the Company or OrganizationLearn as much as you can about the company or organization. You want to research: Location, ownership, its services, any marketing, check for a web site
Interview QuestionsPrepare Possible QuestionThink and write out possible questionAnticipate some questions you may find difficult to answerDecide how you will answer them and rehearse
Possible Interview QuestionExamples on page 44, 45, and 46 of the Job Search HandbookOther questions they may ask are situation questions (Tell me a time when you had conflict with a co-worker, what happened, and how was it resolved?)What would you do if an irate client came into your office?
You may want to prepare a list of question for themWhat are the working hours?Is travel involved with this job?Is this a permanent or temporary job?Do you have a job description I could have?Does the company have health benefits and pension plan available to employees?
When Leaving InterviewAlways thank the employer for their time and interest when the interview is overPlan a follow-up if they do not give you a date that they will call youYour posture and body language arriving and leaving is noticed, walk tall
When you have LeftMake notes of what was good and what you could do betterHelpful checklist on page 50 of the Job Search Handbook
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**This would be the only page you want a little different, a little different paper, color, or graphic. Do not go overboard with these or. It may look to busy and confusing.*Example on page 26 of the Job Search Handbook*If someone has suggested your write, you can mention their name (be sure to ask this person before hand if that is ok)*Example of using a word that you dont know the meaning of and the interviewer asks you to expand on that point in your resume. They will know immediately that this is a resume written by someone else or you got it out of a book.*I look in the yellow pages and find all the places I would like to work and approach them. Always have your resume on hand.Refer to my word of mouth printout. *I give this handout to people before they go for an interview and a checklist.*Refer to Mistakes you dont want to make in package.Refer to First Impressions handout.
*Web site is a good start to research, telephone book, talking to people, if you know of anyone that works there, picking up pamphlets.*Ask others for some help of question they may have thought of.
*-Think of questions like this and have examples ready that have good outcomes and use them.-On Saskjobs, career centre tab, preparing for an interview (sub tab) there is good information to prepare you.-Refer to Modus Interview Questions.
*How many staff work here?*You could send the employer a Thank You note or letter.*Refer to the Relevance