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Letter #1:

I am responding to your advertisement in the Doe Post inviting applications for a position in chemical engineering. I am currently a research chemist for Johnson’ Chemical Corporation, where I enjoy my work, but I would prefer participating in your research program on new plastics.

I have worked on a number of projects dealing with different polymerization processes and am involved in researching aeronautical applications of polyethylene products. My interest in plastics began at Doe University, where I wrote my graduate thesis on early uses of polyethylene.

I am enclosing my resume and look forward to an opportunity for a personal interview.

Letter #2:

Last week I spoke with Jane Doe about the clinical director position at your facility. We both agreed that the job is a perfect match with my goals and qualifications.

I spent six years as clinical coordinator in charge of two 26-bed units at the Springfield facility. In that position I developed two new programs that are now widely used in clinical treatment.

My postgraduate fellowship in clinical research at Springfield University has prepared me to manage the experimental units at the main clinic. The attached resume will provide more details about my experience and education.

I am eager to meet with you to discuss how my qualifications meet your needs.

Letter #3:

I am writing to you in response to your Internet advertisement requesting applicants for the position of technical writer in Springfield University’s archaeology laboratory. I hold bachelor’s degrees in archaeology and English and have three seasons’ experience in excavation and lab work, including data entry, artifact cataloging, and preparations for the various methods of artifact dating.

In addition, I wrote the chapter detailing survey methods for Dr. John Doe’s “Final Report on the Centerville Field School Project.” This work involved transcribing the field notes onto Laboratory of Anthropology forms, mapping and recording sites by section, township, and province, and creating a narrative description of the project’s survey methods.

The years spent in the English department have prepared me for the challenges of writing for a variety of readers, and much of my creative writing has been published. Also, under the guidance of Dr. Doe I have directed my efforts within archaeology toward writing. Archaeology needs writers to make it interesting, especially in this time of budget cuts and battles over land use.

I certainly qualify as proficient in the use of most of the popular spreadsheet programs and other relevant computer applications. I have spent many days entering data and crunching numbers in the service of archaeology.

Please see the attached resume for further details of my qualifications. I will gladly provide references at your request. I can be reached at 555-5555. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing my suitability for this position.

Letter #4:

I am applying for the teaching position you advertised in The Springfield Herald. As you will notice from my enclosed resume, I have several years’experience as an English teacher and I recently earned my MA degree from Springfield University. During my graduate work I was particularly interested in adult education and did my thesis research in this area.

In addition to my teaching experience I have developed instructional materials designed to teach English as a second language to adults. My skill set includes outstanding communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills, proven leadership skills, computer literacy, a short learning curve with excellent retention, and the ability to work independently or as an effective team member.

At this time I am seeking a full-time teaching position. I am confident that my qualifications and experience will be of benefit to your organization and would appreciate the opportunity to interview with you at a convenient time. I may be reached at the phone number and address listed on my resume.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Letter #5:

In response to your advertisement in the Springfield Herald, I wish to apply for the post of Office Manager. Prior to the death of my husband last year, we ran a successful carpet cleaning business for 22 years. I ran the office, supervising two office workers and a cleaning staff of 12.

Although my associate degree in accounting was acquired more than 20 years ago, I have built extensively on the skills I learned at school, including taking formal classes, several of them related to computer literacy. These are described in more detail in the attached resume.

I can offer your company a strong work ethic, a wealth of experience, and a willingness to learn. I would be pleased to discuss the position and my qualifications further when you have had a chance to review my resume. You can reach me at 555-5555.


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