Career Planning

Employ an Albion Grad

As an Albion College alumnus, you understand the value of the Liberal Arts education of Albion College and the quality of our graduates. You are in the position to provide network resources for others needing assistance.

The Career and Internship Center assists employers in connecting with Albion College students and the campus. If you are in search of an intern or employee, please consider students and alumni from Albion College. For further information on the services provided to assist employers, please visit the Employers section of this site or contact the Career and Internship Center for assistance.

Cover Letter Format Outline

Your Address
City, State, Zip Code
Phone
E-Mail

Date

Name of Individual
Title of Individual
Name of Organization
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Ms. / Mr. / Dr.________:

Opening Paragraph: Attract attention.  Clearly state the reason for writing; name the position or type of work you are applying for.  Identify how you heard about the opening, or how the employer’s name was obtained (i.e., Albion College Career and Internship Center; Professor Smith in the English Department at Albion College; etc.).  Introduce your themes.

Second and Third Paragraphs: Outline your strongest qualifications that match the position requirements based on the themes you selected.  As much as possible, provide evidence of your related experiences and accomplishments.  Describe what you can do for the employer, rather than what they can do for you.  Point out your specific achievements and unique qualifications that are relevant to the position.  Try not to state information using the same words you used in the resume.

Fourth Paragraph: Suggest an action plan.  Make reference to your enclosed resume and restate your interest by indicating your availability for a personal interview.  Either suggest a time or state your willingness to come at the convenience of the individual employer.

Fifth Paragraph:  Express appreciation to the reader for his or her time and consideration.

Sincerely,

(Signature)

Full Name

 

Enclosure

What to Do and Not Do in an Interview

Sometimes all of us need a reminder of how to behave in what could be a stressful situation.

DO

  • Research the company and specific position ahead of time.
  • Get a good night's sleep before the interview so you will be mentally alert.
  • Leave plenty of time to get to the interview, you should arrive 10-15 minutes early.Never arrive late!
  • Dress properly and appear well groomed.
  • Express enthusiasm.
  • Remember and correctly pronounce the names of the people you meet.
  • Sit up straight, maintain eye contact, and show sincere and polite interest in the position and interviewer.
  • Listen carefully to interview questions and answer completely.
  • Sell your qualifications rather than your need for a job.
  • Ask questions during the interview.
  • Bring additional copies of your resume and list of references.
  • Follow-up the interview with a thank you letter.

DON'T

  1. Bring others to the interview.
  2. Interrupt the interviewer.
  3. Ask questions about salary and benefits.
  4. Criticize former employers, co-workers, applicants, organizations.
  5. Chew gum.

The best way to be sure you are prepared for an interview is to do a mock interview in the Career and Internship Center or with faculty specific to the area you are interviewing for. Treat a mock interview as the real thing - dress and all!

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