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BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR LETTER WRITING
• Decide your purpose in writing, then plan accordingly. Place the most important items first, supported by facts. • Group similar items together in a paragraph, then organize the paragraph in logical relationship to the other(s). Do the work of organizing your information for the reader. • Keep your letters personal, warm, and professional. Avoid being either overly familiar or overly officious in tone. However, do remember that business letters are formal, not informal, documents.
• Say what you mean directly without a lot of verbiage. Demonstrate that you understand the value of the reader’s time by being as brief as possible. • Write clearly and simply. Avoid jargon and overly complex sentences. • Be positive in content, tone, word choice, and expectations. Suggest that you are an optimistic, responsible, productive, and reasonable person. • Use active voice and action verbs. • Keep the reader’s interest by varying sentence structure and length.
• Reduce uncertainty for the reader by including specific facts. • Provide information that reflects the reader’s interest. Stress benefits for the reader.
William J. Banis, Ph.D., is Vice President for Student Affairs at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is a National Certified Career Counselor and is coauthor of two books, High Impact Resumes and Letters and Moving Out of Education: The Educator’s Guide to Career Management and Change.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices - February 2013
Job Choices - February 2013
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Starting Your Job Search
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker
8 Steps to Job-Search Success
What Employers Want
Social Media in Your Job Search
Stoke Interest With Pinterest
Building Relevant Work Experience
Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Principles for Letter Writing
Build the Resume Employers Want
The Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume
Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Dress for Interview Success
Interview Types and Tips
Tips for Becoming a Video Interview Star
Uncle Sam Wants You: Federal Jobs and Internships For Students and Recent Graduates
Your First Year on the Job
Grad School: To Go or Not to Go?
Grad School: Application Timeline
Grad School: Getting In
Opportunities by Occupation
Job Choices - February 2013