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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sy N. Sluver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             9999 Campus Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BEN SON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Claremont, CA 91711                                                                                                                                                                                                  742 N. Amherst Ave., Box 2250                                                                                                       bson09@cmc.edu                                                                                                                                                  2009 Graduation Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (909) 909 9999                                                                                                                                                                                                    Claremont, CA 91711                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Los Angeles, CA 90041
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ssluver08@cmc.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (909) 607-1234                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (323) 853-1234
                                             Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OBJECTIVE                                                A position in public relations involving photography, copywriting and editing publications.
                                             Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         May 2008
                                             Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry (double major)
                                             Grade Point Average: 3.8 / 4.0                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       EDUCATION                                                Claremont McKenna College                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     May 2009
                                             Awards: National Science Foundation Grant (2006), McKenna International Internship Grant (2006)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Bachelor of Arts in Literature with a Leadership Sequence                                                                                                                                                                                                 Claremont, CA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           GPA Major/Cumulative: 3.44 / 3.37
                                             University of Sussex, Sussex, United Kingdom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   September 2006 - June 2007
                                             Study Abroad Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Boston University                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fall 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           London Internship Program                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        London, UK
                                             Experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Marketing and Public Relations
                                             Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   September 2004 - Present
                                             Biology Laboratory Teacher’s Assistant
                                             Teach introductory experiments and grade lab reports.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WORK                                                     Public Affairs Assistant                                                          January 2006 – Present
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  EXPERIENCE                                               Public Affairs Office, Claremont McKenna College                                             Claremont, CA
                                             Oregon Health Science University, Portland, Oregon                                                    June 2006 - August 2006                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Cover school functions and special activities, provide research and press releases for the
                                             Cytogenetics Laboratory Assistant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Claremont McKenna College (CMC) website.
                                             Karyotyped abnormal, normal blood and amniotic fluid samples, counted cells, observed the procedure of tissue culturing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Monitor CMC’s coverage in national and regional publications; disseminate items of
                                             (long and short-term cultures) including blood, bone marrow, tissue, chorionic villi and amniotic fluid samples.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               interest among CMC faculty and staff.
                                             Royal Sussex County Hospital, Sussex, United Kingdom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           September 2005 - June 2006                                                                                                                       • Archive relevant articles into a searchable Microsoft Access database.
                                             Research Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Account Intern                                                                  October – December 2007
                                             “The Effects of RNA Interference on Multidrug Resistant Small Cell Lung Cancer.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CPR Worldwide, a Fleishman-Hillard company                                                     London, UK
                                             Starship Children’s Hospital of New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     June 2005 - August 2005                                                                                                                  • Created and edited management presentations for new account generation and client
                                             Oncology, Labor and Delivery Department Volunteer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 updates. Worked closely with 1 to 2 team members on layout design, content editing,
                                             Took patients vitals, bathed and prepared infants, observed doctors’ rounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and information gathering; finished product was presented to top pharmaceutical
                                             Harvey Mudd College & Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, California                    June 2004 - August 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   companies.
                                             Research Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Worked extensively on a “reputation repair” pitch to a client that engaged in a massive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ???




                                             DNA Conductivity and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements using AFM and QCM.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       recall following pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over potentially
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               fatal kidney dialysis filters.
                                             Activities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Profiled media coverage of new and existing drugs into reports which were used to
                                             The Phi Beta Kappa Society (2006)                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pre-Med Club Member (2004-present)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       gauge success of PR campaigns for several clients.
                                             Hospital Volunteer (2000-present)                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chocolate Chip Club Founder (2005-present)                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Researched diseases, drug-methods and scientific journals to become knowledgeable
                                             Habitat for Humanity (2003, 2004)                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ultimate Frisbee Club (2004)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             about clients’ products.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Management Intern                                                                      May – August 2007
                                             Skills                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Specialty Car Rental, a National Car Rental affiliate                                    San Francisco, CA
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                                             Computer: Pubmed, Medline and Ovid databases, BLAST search, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           • Selected to serve as interim manager of the San Francisco and San Rafael offices; duties
                                             Foreign Language: French (basic), Latin (basic)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   included office staffing, handling customer reservations and rentals, general
                                             Laboratory / Instrumentation:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     troubleshooting, lot inventory and assessing fleet surpluses and shortages.
                                                Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)          Spectroscopy: visible, UV, IR, NMR    Spectrophotometer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Assisted with the relationship development and the logistics of a successful program
                                                QCM                                    Qualitative chemical analysis         Gel electrophoresis: DNA, RNA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               between the rental agency and premier hotels.
                                                Organelle isolation                    Quantitative chemical analysis        protein
                                                Genetics: yeast, bacteria, fruit flies Organic synthesis                     Vertical gel box                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Maintained a “petty cash” account, developed tracking method and security measures.
                                                Micropipettes                          Animal experiments: Crayfish, rodents Horizontal gel box
                                                Pipet aid                              Cell culture: bacteria, yeast, human  Restriction analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 LEADERSHIP                                               Editor-in-Chief, Ayer Yearbook                                                                                                                                                                                                      September 2007 – Present
                                                Thermocycler                           cells                                 Centrifugation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ACTIVITIES                                               Dorm President, Auen Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                           September 2007 – Present
                                                Minivisonary camera                    Cloning by vectors: yeast, bacteria   Sub cellular neural recording                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Copy Editor, Forum Newspaper                                                                                                                                                                                                          January 2007 – Present
                                                Immunhistochemistry                    Biochemical assays: enzymes           Southern and western blots                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tour Guide and Student Host, Volunteer Student Admissions Committee                                                                                                                                                                   January 2006 – Present
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Choreographer and Cast Member, Under the Lights Productions                                                                                                                                                                           January 2006 – Present
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Member, Photography Club                                                                                                                                                                                                            September 2005 – Present
                                             References
                                                    Professor Molecule                                                                                                                                                                                      Professor Adam Atom                                                                                                           Dr. A. Einstein                                                                         SKILLS                                                   Computer: Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Photoshop
                                                    Keck Science Center                                                                                                                                                                                     University of Sussex                                                                                                          Relativity Center                                                                                                                                Language: Spanish (Intermediate)
                                                    400 North Mills                                                                                                                                                                                         44 Neutron Way                                                                                                                100 Park Place
                                                    Claremont, CA 91711                                                                                                                                                                                     Sussex, NJ 00020                                                                                                              Los Angeles, CA 90210
                                                    (909) 607-0001                                                                                                                                                                                          (908) 606-1212                                                                                                                (301) 301-0003
                                                    mmolecule@cmc.edu                                                                                                                                                                                       aatom@sussex.edu                                                                                                              einstein@relatively.net




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 you are hired.




                                                                                                                                                                                                          that fit the job.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of the employer.




                                                                                                     you inside information.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       out from other job seekers.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            recruiters and give you an added edge.




                                                                                                  4. Gather information about the company,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                specific qualifications that meet the needs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Read the job description and identify your




                                                                                                     including speaking to people who can give
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      elaborate on the rest of your accomplishments.




                                                                                                                                                    if necessary, focusing on “transferable skills.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         grammar, and the overall quality of your written




                                                                                                                                                 3. “Translate” into the language of the employer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 You can also gain an extra edge by showing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         be interpreted as flaws in your qualifications.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ing for and that you are not blindly sending out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       typically receive hundreds of resumes for each job




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         communication. Flaws in your letters will often




                                                                                                                                                                                                       2. Look for key knowledge, skills, and experiences




                                              reports, newsgroups, and message boards; use web
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that you have some specific knowledge about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ground in the cover letter—you have already done
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       your cover letter should essentially be a sales pitch.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       opening and a great cover letter can help you stand




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the company and the industry. This shows that




                                              Consult the web for company home pages, analysts’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 interest as an indication that you are likely to stay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Your aim is to demonstrate why your skills and your




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         nity to observe your attentiveness to detail, spelling,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       which you’re applying. Don’t summarize your back-




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            right and that it doesn’t sound like you’ve sent the very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The best way to distinguish yourself is to highlight a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       that on your resume—but remember that employers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       While your resume is a summary of your credentials,




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Your letters should not only convey your interest and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         qualifications, but also give the employer an opportu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       background make a perfect match for the position for




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      are an above-average candidate for this position. This




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with the company for a substantial period of time if




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            specifically to the company and the position will impress
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            same one to many other employers. Tailoring your letter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 hundreds of resumes. Employers will also view your




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            your cover letter. You’ve got to make sure the letter looks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      recruiter and of getting to the interview where you can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      will increase your chances of being remembered by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      few of your accomplishments or abilities that show you




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It’s not enough to glance at a job opening and start writing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 you are genuinely interested in the job you are apply-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How to Write A ???




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WRITE




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           REVISE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    REVIEW




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FOLLOW UP




                                             phone interview.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             more than necessary.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Great Cover Letter




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   size, sales revenue and locations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   brochures, and files about employers.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       that follow (for ideas, NOT text to copy!).




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              was received and to inquire about next steps.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Check the CSC library for directories, books,




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ask everyone you know for referrals to (former)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             forward but others in the samples are acceptable.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    feedback you received in step 4 before sending it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tions about your letter. Family and friends, career
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            representatives to get a sense of the organization’s




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    much as you can from these “supportive insiders.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            culture as well as its particular employment needs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Attend employer-sponsored events and speak with




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    company employees; find alumni using the alumni




                                             you are selected for an on-campus interview, do not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    binders, then do informational interviews to learn as




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Err on the side of formality and don’t abbreviate any




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Make changes to strengthen your letter based on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have a few people review and make editorial sugges-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sites like WetFeet.com, Vault.com, Lexis/Nexis.com,




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       middle and closing paragraphs, in your own style but




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in a week or so if you haven’t heard back to be sure it




                                             Some employers are willing to interview by phone. If
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       following the guidelines below and using the samples




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Contact the person to whom you addressed the letter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Draft the letter, ideally with a few different openings,




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          are among those who should be considered for this role.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          center staff, (former) employers, and faculty members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   browsers like Google.com, Yahoo!, and Alta Vista and




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The following format is the clearest and most straight-




                                             Kile, ckile@cmc.edu to get instructions for setting up a
                                             cover letter that you are currently studying off campus.
                                             If you are studying abroad or in DC, you can still apply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hoovers.com, and Reference.com looking for informa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tion on the company’s history, new products or services,




                                             sign up for an interview time. Instead contact Charlene
                                             for summer internships but you MUST indicate in your




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                                                    Great Cover Letter
                                     How to Write A ???                                                                                                                                  ???
                                                                                                                                                                                Cover Letter Checklist

     THE BASICS
     Top Margin 2” (or more if letter is short)
                                                                                                                                            I   1. Is it addressed to a specific person?
     Font 11                                                                                                                                I   2. Is the salutation followed by a colon rather than a comma?
     Date                                                                                                                                   I   3. Have you told the employer exactly what position you are applying for?
                                                                                                                                            I   4. Have you stated why you are interested in the position and the organization?
                                                                                                                                            I
     Addressee’s Full Name
                                                                                                                                                5. Have you told the employer what you can do for the organization rather than what it can do for you?
                                                                                                                                            I
     Addressee’s Job Title
                                                                                                                                                6. Did you use specific examples to sell your skills?
     Company Name
     Street Address                                                                                                                         I   7. Is the sentence structure varied? Have you limited the use of the words “I” and “My” to begin sentences?
     City, State, ZIP Code                                                                                                                  I   8. Have you requested action, mentioning that you will call, or are available to be contacted for an interview?
                                                                                                                                            I   9. Did you express appreciation for the employer considering your application?
                                                                                                                                            I
     Dear Mr. or Ms. Addressee’s Last Name:
                                                                                                                                                10. Is it a tailored letter rather than a mass-produced copy?
     First Paragraph: Immediately explain that you are writing to apply for a job, perhaps mentioning how you heard about it,               I   11. Is it neat and attractive? Is it free of spelling and grammatical errors?
                                                                                                                                            I




                                                                                                                                                                            
     especially if from a current employee or other personal referral (give the person’s name in this case), and briefly state why the           12. Does the whole letter fit on one page?
     job and organization interest you.
                                                                                                                                            I   13. Is it laser-printed on high-quality paper that matches your resume?
     Second Paragraph: Tell why you are qualified for the position, providing specific details about a few (unique?) things you               I   14. Did you sign it?
     bring to the job and organization. Focus on how, based on concrete references to your previous performances, you will
     perform in your desired position and contribute to the company. Avoid giving your salary history or requirements, if possible,
     or give a range.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Sample Cover Letters
     Last Paragraph: Thank the person for their consideration and say what you will do to follow up.

     Closing Salutation (Sincerely, Best Regards, or similar)



     Your Full Name

     Your Mailing Address
     City, State, ZIP Code
     Phone Number (avoid using a work or pager number)
     Email Address

     Enclosure: Resume

     (NOTE: Remember to sign your letter above your typed name!)




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                                                                                             The Thank You Letter/Note

                                                         It is important to write thank-you letters!                   WHAT SHOULD I WRITE IN MY LETTER?
                                                         Take advantage of the opportunity to:
                                                                                                                       Make reference to your interview to help the interviewer
                                                         I reinforce your interest in the company and the job          remember you. Emphasize something significant which
                                                         I re-introduce yourself to the company                        transpired during the interview. Comment on the infor-
                                                         I differentiate yourself from other candidates
                                                                                                                       mativeness of the interview. Let the interviewer know
                                                                                                                       if you received any new or additional information from
                                                         I provide additional information
                                                                                                                       the interview. Reiterate your interest in the job and the
                                                         I   address an issue that you may have overlooked during      company.
                                                             the interview
                                                         Use the KISS approach with the thank-you letter:              SAMPLE THANK-YOU NOTE/LETTER:
                                                         KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE.                                     Dear Mr. Simpson,
                                                                                                                       I appreciated the opportunity to meet with you to
                                                         FAQs REGARDING THE THANK-YOU LETTER                           discuss my interest in the Research Associate position
                                                                                                                       with XYZ company. Your explanation of the training
                                                         SHOULD I SEND A THANK-YOU LETTER? WHEN?                       phase of employment was very helpful. It gave me
                                                                                                                       a better understanding of the responsibilities of this
                                                         Absolutely!
                                                                                                                       position. I am confident that I can be a productive
                                                         In the hiring decision, sometimes the thank-you letter        employee for XYZ.
                                                         could affect whether or not a job offer is extended.          I look forward to hearing from you.
                                                         You should write and send the letter within 1–2 days          Sincerely,
                                                         after the interview.
                                                                                                                       Gwendolyn Morris
                                                         SHOULD I SEND A LETTER TO EVERY PERSON WITH
                                                         WHOM I INTERVIEWED?
                                                                                                                       SAMPLE THANK-YOU NOTE/LETTER
                                                         Yes. It is also appropriate to send a letter to the person    FOR MULTIPLE INTERVIEWS:
                                                         who arranged for your interviews, such as the company
                                                                                                                       Dear Mr. Simpson,
                                                         recruiter or the office coordinator.
                                                                                                                       Thank you for arranging for my interviews with XYZ
                                                         HOW LONG SHOULD THE LETTER BE?                                company. The opportunity to meet with the members
                                                         Remember . . . KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE,                      of the marketing team was very helpful and gave me
                                                         no more than three paragraphs.                                a better understanding of what the Research Associate
                                                                                                                       position entails and what I would be doing if offered
                                                         SHOULD I USE PRE-PRINTED THANK-YOU CARDS?                     the job.
                                                         Pre-printed cards are acceptable if they are not too          Would you please convey my appreciation to Mr. Smith
                                                         “flowery” or “cutesy.”                                         and Ms. Jones for the time that they spent with me.
                                                                                                                       I found my interviews with them to be very informative
                                                         CAN IT BE HAND-WRITTEN?                                       and appreciate the opportunity to have met with both
                                                                                                                       of them.
                                                         Personal handwriting is a very nice touch if your
                                                         handwriting is very legible.                                  I remain very interested in the position and look
                                                                                                                       forward to hearing from you soon.
                                                         (Word-processed) letters are also fine, but be sure
                                                                                                                       Sincerely,
                                                         to sign in ink.

                                                         CAN I EMAIL MY LETTER?                                        Gwendolyn Morris
                                                         We recommend that if you are going to email your
                                                         thank you letter, you also send a hard copy. Make sure
                                                         your email letter is just as professional and error free as
                                                         a hard copy. Do not mail your letter as an attachment.




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