(Ms. or Mr.) I.M. Hiring
Name of Company
City, State, Zip
Dear (Ms. or Mr.) Hiring:
Your opening paragraph should arouse interest on the part of the reader. Tell the employer why you are writing the letter. Do not say in the first paragraph that you are looking for a job. Give information to show your specific interest in the company.
Your middle paragraphs should create desire. Give details of your background that will show the reader why one should consider you as a candidate. Be as specific as possible about the kind of a job you want. Don't make the reader try to guess what you would be interested in.
Refer the reader to your general qualifications on your enclosed resume or other material. Use as much space as you need to tell your story but keep it brief and to the point.
In your closing paragraph you ask for action. Ask for an appointment suggesting a time when you will contact the individual. You may now list your dates of availability.
Type your name here
Design for All Print Materials
Four Design Principles:
Contrast (making elements look very different from each other)
If you use one script font, use a sans-serif font with it
Repetition (continuing the same idea throughout the design)
Use the same logo, colors, lines, etc. to stay consistent
Alignment (organizing elements to look unified)
You can justify design to the right, left, center (and sometimes more), just pick one and stick with it.
Proximity (placing related items together)
For events, put the time, date, location, etc. in the same place.
What else is important?
Audience (designing to attract a specific audience)
Ask yourself who is your audience and what do they want?
The elderly need bigger font sizes and probably wouldn’t enjoy a fluorescent yellow flyer.
Typography (using two readable, contrasting fonts)
Always, always, always choose a readable serif font for any body copy!
Get fancy with headers, but make sure they are legible
Serif fonts have tails on the end of letters, like Times New Roman and Adobe Garamond Pro
~Activities: volunteer or extra curricular positions
~References: available upon request, separate page, 2 professional and 1 personal
~Bullets or concise sentences
~ Use keywords/ buzz words
~ Remain focused, avoid clutter, only relevant information
Recruiting and Retention
-Invite prospective members to your banquet.
-Elect outstanding members as ‘Members of the Month’
-Have some members talk with 8th/7th graders let them know what FFA is really about.
*Could serve a treat like ice cream to help motivate them to attend.
-Invite non-members to attend a FFA meeting
- Write a letter to possible members as they entire middle school
-FFA week activities for the entire school/community
-Hold a “Farm Day” or “Ag-ventures Day” where young children (or even non-FFA members your age) visit and learn about animals, crops and the many agricultural industries. Use this opportunity to teach others about food safety, farm business management and much more.
-Tell your friends about what your doing in the FFA
-Multimedia presentations (PowerPoint/videos)
-Websites are a great tool for spreading the word of what your chapter is doing
*People like to see pictures
-Create an experience at Chapter Meetings.
-Illustrate how your agricultural education program provides students with opportunities to:
Labor Auction-Auction off members to work for community members
Meal with Entertainment-Have an FFA dinner theater and sell tickets. “Find out what happens at the Anytown Chapter dinner theater presentation, The Owl, The Gavel, and The Missing OD”
Dodgeball Tournament-Hold a dodgeball tournament, have the teams that enter pay an entry fee. Use the entry fees as part of the prize for the winner and the rest is profit for your chapter. You’re having fun, raising money, and building a positive public image at the same time. Could be used as a great opportunity to recruit with booths showing what the FFA is about and what your chapter is doing.
Selling Cookie Dough
World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser
Milk Machine-vending machine in your school with dairy products
If your chapter has something specific that you are trying to raise money for asking for sponsorship from local businesses may be useful. Use only when appropriate.