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Job Search Letters
In your campaign to secure employment, a letter is often the first contact between you and a prospective employer, therefore it is imperative to plan the content, use an appropriate format, and proofread carefully.
Write a cover letter to accompany your resume/application for a specific position, encouraging the recipient to grant you an interview. Demonstrate that your qualifications fit the job requirements, and link your background to aspects of the open position. This letter should not be a repeat of the information in your resume.
Most people know they should send thank you letters, but few actually do. This makes it all the more important for you to do so as it sets you apart from other candidates. After the interview, send a thank you letter to the interviewer(s) expressing your appreciation for the interview and stating your interest in at least one or two aspects of the position that you discussed in the interview. Close the letter by reiterating your interest in the position, and thank them again for their time and consideration
When you are resigning from employment, it's proper protocol to provide your employer with a formal resignation letter for your employee file. A resignation letter should be simple, brief, focused, and to the point. There is no need to elaborate on your reason for leaving. Simply provide information on when you are leaving and let the employer know you appreciate your time with the company.
Thank the employer for the time involved in your interview and for his/her consideration. State your disappointment in not getting the job. Express your appreciation for his or her willingness to retain your resume/application in case of possible future openings.