LETTER OF INTENT İN ACADEMİA
The letter of intent should answer the following questions:
- What do you want to study?
- Why are you applying to this program?
- How has your experience prepared you to enter this program?
- What do you plan to do with this degree?
LETTER OF INTENT FOR JOB APPLİCATİONS
A letter of intent for an employer should answer the following questions:
- Which position are you applying for?
- Is your background aligned to this position? / Do your skills and experience match the job requirements?
- How will you add value to the company?
- What are your expectations from the new job and the company?
HOW TO WRITE A SUCCESFULL LETTER OF INTENT FOR AN EMPLOYER
1- Gather relevant data,
- Name of the company where you did internship and contact details
- Any academic achievements or accomplishments
- Give details about your thesis/dissertation
- Do not oversell yourself.
- Be yourself. Do not pretend to be someone else so as to impress the admission committee.
- Do not make false statements.
- Do not use colloquial expressions.
- Do not try to be chummy and funny, nor humorous.
- Avoid giving information that is off-topic and irrelevant to the position. For example: your hobbies, extra-curricular activities etc.
- Avoid trying to write an autobiography.
- Do not over trust the check spelling. Double-check the document for spelling.
- Do not resort to clichés.
- Do not send the same letter to each school and interviewer. Customize it with your own details.
- Impress the reader with your message, not your vocabulary.
- Do not start with: “I was born in…,” or “My parents came from…”
- Make sure your words are spelled correctly.
- Do not give insufficient details about your low GPA. State your reasons clearly.
- Avoid using too many sentences beginning with “I”. Rather express your general expectations and goals.
- Do not repeat the same information that already exists in other application documents you submitted. Do not include your GPA scale in your letter of intent. Instead, you may choose to write ” I was on the Dean’s List” or” I have taken numerous courses in the field of nutrition” and mention other qualities and qualifications that are not explained in your other application documents.
- Do not use abnormally wide margins or large font types.
- Prepare an effective and impressive introduction to start out your letter.
- Make sure your conclusion leaves the reader with a lasting positive impression.
- Your letter of intent should be no more than 2 pages.
- Proofread your letter and use spell-check.
- If possible get someone else to read it for you.
- Try to prepare an attention grabbing letter of intent. For example: a story that made you think about getting a master’s degree.
- Double-check your letter of intent for spelling and grammatical errors before sending it.
- Use 1.5 line spacing.
- If your letter includes a heading with your name, make this font slightly larger.