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The writer of these documents doesn't work too hard to demonstrate his qualifications. He merely restates information on his resume rather than explaining how this information is related to the position he seeks.

And then the letter has an extremely arrogant tone established  in the first sentence, and continued throughout the rest of the document. Also notice the spelling errors. Apparently this person is too busy to proofread. The writer has also failed to adhere to the conventions of standard letter format. He has failed to include the reader's city and state in the inside address, and feels that a personalized salutation is unnecessary.

While the writer pays the reader a compliment in the letter's closing (he's impressed with the company), he seems have no idea about this company specifically.  This letter fails to demonstrate how the writer's qualifications match the reader's needs.

The resume is also problematic too. Since the writer hasn't had any jobs directly related to the position he seeks, he'd be better off doing a skills rather than a functional resume. In a skills resume, he could explain how what he's learned in his courses and his job are related to what the reader is looking for. Instead, the writer just spaced out his coursework to make this document fill an entire page. 

It seems that the writer didn't put too much thought into generating these documents. They're both quite generic, and so, are less likely to catch the attention of a recruiter looking for uniquely qualified individuals to interview.

7550 Nicholson Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
(225) 709-5166
cjames@lsu.edu

April 27, 1999

Attn:  Office Manager
213 Schmoozer Dr.
 

I have supplied you with a copy of my resume because of my interest in acquiring a position with Ernst and Young.  The position that I am seeking is a Cooperative Education position in Information Risk Management.  After serving the Cooperative Education period and completing my time at Louisiana State University, I would be interested in a permanent position with your company.

If I receive a Cooperative Education position, I will be scheduled to graduate from Louisiana State University in the Spring of 2002.  I will be receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Decision Sciences.  My current cumulative grade poing average is 3.5 on a 4 point scale.  Some of the more advanced classes that I have taken include Statistical Methods and Models I and II, Intermediate Accounting I and II, and Business Writing.  I have also received numerous honors including Deans List recognition, membership in the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and twoo Air Force ROTC scholarships.

I would like to once again express my interest in Ernst and Young.  I have looked into many different companies in my search for Cooperative Education, but I was extremely impressed with your history.  I have talked to people who have delt with you and have heard nothing but the highest praises.  I hope that you would consider meeting with me in person to discuss the position that I am seeking.  If you have any questions or requests, please contact me.  Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
 

Sincerely,
 
 

Christopher James

 


Christopher James
7550 Nicholson Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
(225) 555-5166
cjames@lsu.edu

Employment Objective

A Co-op position as an Information Risk Management trainee with an opportunity for a job in Information Risk Management following graduation.

Education

Louisiana State University:  Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Decision
Sciences, 2002
Current Cumulative GPA:  3.5/4.0

Relevant Classes:

ISDS:

  • Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Statistical Methods and Models I
  • Statistical Methods and Models II

Accounting:

  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II

English:

  • Business Writing

Experience
 

Gallaghers Restaurant:  Bussed tables during summers of 1995, 1996, and 1998

Honors

  • Deans List:  Fall 1997 and Fall 1998
  • Member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
  • Current Recipient of TOPS Scholarship
  • Awarded three year Air Force ROTC scholarship in Civil Engineering in 1997
  • Awarded three year Air Force ROTC scholarship in Finance in 1998

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