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Letters for Job Seekers Worldwide

Never underestimate the power of correspondence in your job search process

Because there is no single formula or model of a job letter applicable for all occasions and countries worldwide, we describe and provide examples and templates of letters you may use in your international job search:

Experienced job letter writers follow these basic principles:

  • Letters should be brief, demonstrating that you understand the value of the reader's time.
  • Avoid lengthy letters exceeding 1 page.
  • Ensure that you include your contact address, e-mail and phone/fax numbers.
  • Place the most important items first, supported by facts.
  • In your letters be positive in tone, content and expectations.
  • Do not add to your letters details about yourself or your past experience that may call attention to your weaknesses.
  • Use active voice and powerful action verbs in your writing to hold the reader's interest and convey a sense of energy.
  • Group similar items together in a paragraph.
  • Organize paragraphs so that they relate to each other logically.
  • Always back up general statements with facts or examples.
  • Documentation creates credibility, reduces uncertainty and abstraction for the reader.
  • Avoid jargon and cliches.
  • Check the spelling and grammar in all correspondence. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation or English usage errors or if you need help in organizing your letters, bring your correspondence to a professional for assistance.

The cover letter examples and cover letter templates can be handy too.

art_remember LettersCheck the spelling and grammar of your letters. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other foreign language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your letter, send it to a professional for assistance.

Remember that your letters must be targeted and scannable.

art_tip LettersIf you have a difficulty with letters writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:

Other Letters Info

In addition, on the international info, job search, cover letter, CV & resume, visa, work permit, job interview and dress code pages, you will find many useful tips for overseas job seekers.

Good luck with your letters!

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