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Download Resume Templates : In this chapter, we learned how to write a short closing paragraph that keeps the initiative for follow-up in your hands. In the next chapter, we will see what the JSC learns by drafting an entire cover letter.



A good closing… If you are going to say more about your resume than the fact that it is enclosed, it is a good idea to mention work experience before academic background. Academics would be more important to your professors, but the term "work experience" would be more appealing to a potential employer.


I am eager to explore career opportunities with you. On February 8, I will contact your office to arrange a meeting at your convenience.. Thank you."


Short, but not abrupt. This is a good closing, too.


"My resume is enclosed. I would like to pursue career possibilities for me with Northwest Outfitters. On March 30, I will contact your office to arrange a meeting."


This closing is acceptable, but it would be better to add "at your convenience" to the end of the last sentence. Being assertive is just fme, but seeming presumptuous is not really to your advantage.


"I will be in Atlanta from January 12 to 20 and I am eager to meet with you in person. Next week, 1 will call you to see if we can arrange a meeting during that time ."


This is a good closing for a person seeking a job in a distant location. Letting the employer know that you will be in Atlanta lets hirn / her know that you are at least reasonably serious about relocating. It also makes it clear that you don't expect the firm to cover travel costs (they probably wouldn't anyway) and may tug at the reader's heartstrings a bit (you are making a special trip). If the purpose of your visit is largely to pursue career opportunities, be sure to mention it. For example "I will be in Atlanta from January 12 to 20 to explore career possibilities."


We raised a good question: "You have encouraged us to be proactive. What do you do if there is no one to call. An obvious example would be a response to a help-wanted ad that gives no name." We had a point. In some job search situations you can identify the name of a particular person, but often you can't. In those cases, you can close like this:


"My resume is enclosed. May I look forward to hearing from you about a job interview?"


We followed up with another question related to help-wanted ads: "I know that most jobs are not found through want ads, but some are. What should you do if the ad says that a salary history or salary expectations is an absolute requirement?"


I shared two thoughts with me in that regard.


You could decide not to provide the information. After all, the request is either a mechanism for screening people out or a disguised attempt by the firm to do a salary survey.


You could decide to respond in one of several ways:


"My salary expectation is consistent with the market trend."


Or:


"I am sure that your salary offer would be competitive and I look forward to discussing this matter at a job interview."


Or:


"My salary expectations are in the mid40s to mid-50s, depending on the overall package."


In terms of salary history you could say:


"I will be happy to discuss the details of my salary history at a job interview," and give a range for your current and/or previous jobs.


Where are we now?


In this chapter, we learned how to write a short closing paragraph that keeps the initiative for follow-up in your hands. In the next chapter, we will see what the JSC learns by drafting an entire cover letter.

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