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Let the employer know why you are writing, where you learned of the position if applying to a specific job lead , why you are interested in the firm or organization, how you can be reached, and that you are eager for the opportunity to interview. Although it should be self-evident, there is never any place for an exclamation point in a cover letter.

Emphasize any ties you may have to the area as well. It would be wise in these circumstances to include both your local and permanent addresses as well as an explanation of your intention to practice on the West Coast upon graduation. Additionally, when writing to an employer at a distance from Texas, such as Washington, D. Employers rarely pay for the travel arrangements for screening interviews. Thus, if you indicate that you plan on being in the area, it may encourage the employer to invite you in for an appointment.

We have a handout on writing cover letters that is available in the Office of Career Services, as well as on the Career Services website see paragraph below. Sample cover letters are provided in the handout as a guideline only.

While the format of the letter should follow the standard business letter format, the actual style and content of a cover letter must be spontaneous and clearly your own to be most effective. Students who are writing to public interest employers should note that their cover letters might be longer and more detailed than those written to the large or corporate practices.

The counselors in the Career Services will gladly review your cover letters. For more tips on writing cover letters, including sample cover letters, download the cover letter handout. Nor is it usually appropriate to initiate contact via e-mail, unless the employer contacts you first using this method. That said, e-mail can be a very useful tool for informal or follow-up contacts. Having successfully navigated the application process, now your attention turns to preparing for and successfully completing the interview s.

Individual mock interviews and additional interview information can be scheduled and obtained through the Student Services Office by emailing mupton tamu. The following links may be helpful in researching appropriate salary ranges and in successfully negotiating your salary and benefits package. No one will hand you a network of contacts Home Career Services Career Search.

Career Search Information Conducting a successful job search is about finding a job in the area you are interested in, not necessarily being the first to find a job! Building Your Skills Portfolio Having a knowledge of the specific skills also referred to as Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, or KSAs you bring to the workplace will allow you to apply for positions you are truly qualified for. Examples of typical public sector KSAs can be found here.

Preparing Your Resume Now that you have prepared a Skills Portfolio, the Resume Guide below provides guidance for preparing your resume by describing your skills.

Some tips to remember are these: Tailor your cover letter to the specific job you are applying for. Hiring managers can spot a template a mile away and will often overlook your letter if it looks like a form letter Always, always, always send a cover letter when applying for a job. Not doing so makes you look lazy and uninformed about the process for applying for a job.

Proof your cover letter and have someone else proof it as well! Spell check does not catch every mistake in your letters. The convenience of email makes it the ideal choice for communicating with potential employers. While email is convenient, remember that when following-up, you may want to make a phone call unless, of course, the job ad specifically states "no phone calls". Follow-up Remember that the responsibility to follow-up falls on your shoulders.

Interviewing Having successfully navigated the application process, now your attention turns to preparing for and successfully completing the interview s. Maintain your existing contacts by periodically updating them on progress in your graduate program, internship, and career goals. Talk to your classmates about their previous experiences and utilize their networking contacts as appropriate. Remember to treat someone else's contacts with the utmost respect as they are trusting you to do so.

Establish new networking contacts by: Networking with Bush School graduates who work in the sector s you are interested in through our Career Interest Groups. Meeting with the Director of Student Services to develop a plan for expanding your network. This takes work from you!

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