Observe in the next excellent excerpt how the writer effectively portrays her experience in her sorority as every bit as valid as employment experience:
- My recent experience as director of finance for an organization of 60 individuals and my classroom knowledge as an accounting major would enable me to benefit your company. I am prepared to give professional dedication to all your corporate expectations.
I have successfully completed many assignments at my previous place of voluntary employment, Pi Beta Phi. I worked independently to reconcile bank statements and accounts receivable, billing accounts receivable, prepare accrual journal entries, generate financial statements, create an incentive program, and establish a computerized accounting system. Just as I completed these assigned goals effectively, I will be productive, proficient, and accurate for your company as well.
Note that the next writer uses both her classroom and extracurricular experiences. An accomplishment such as organizing a “Celebrity Baggers” event at a local supermarket might not sound like much, but note the kind of job this young woman seeks. She wants to be an income development manager – a fundraiser – so the ability to convince people to give their time and money is an important skill. She nicely underscores her fundraising abilities in the second paragraph by pointing out her talent for encouraging people to donate money and talents:
- My internship with Blue Cross-Blue Shield has given me the opportunity to fully utilize my marketing skills in the nonprofit business organization. Most importantly I have gained greater insight into the cause of the American Lung Association. I would use the income development manager position to achieve all goals established in the mission statement of your organization.
I have conducted a research study on the motivational behavior of the charitable donors by using communication skills and several computer programs (DataEase, Excel, PowerPoint, and several other business software programs). I have successfully filled a local grocery store with campus faculty to participate in Celebrity Baggers during my first month as an intern.
Finally, I have always been able to enlist the help of students and professors to partake in or donate to philanthropic events occurring on campus. My motivational background, persistence and creativity at work and in the community provides me with the insights needed to be a successful income development manager.