Note in the next letter’s middle paragraphs how the writer blends his academic background, with his work-study experience assisting professors in an academic department demonstrate his qualifications:
- Both my academic and career employment experience have prepared me well for a career in business information systems. My training includes developing, designing, and documenting information systems and decision-support systems. The programming courses I have taken have taught me various programming languages, including Visual Basic, Pascal, Personal COBOL, and Assembly.
My previous employers can affirm that they have entrusted me with major responsibilities and that I have quickly adapted to each of these positions. For example, as a teaching assistant for Lehigh’s Department of Decision and Information Sciences, I manage grade analyses for three professors. I also coordinate the allocation of audio/visual and computer equipment for faculty and student use, and I am developing a decision-support system in Visual Basic to automate the process. In addition, I have designed, programmed, and implemented a management-information system that assists students in targeting prospective employers.
This student uses a combination of examples from her work-study and extracurricular experience to broadcast her talents:
- As a computer lab assistant I gained invaluable hands-on experience in computer software problem-solving and was promoted to assist professors in coordinating and implementing technical software seminars. My effective interaction with the faculty led to my receiving a very prestigious position as co-teacher of a university class designed to orient first-year students with Auburn’s campus. I took full responsibility for the theme, syllabus, class discussions, and lectures.
Being elected vice president of membership for my sorority enabled me to plan, delegate, and coordinate the entire recruitment and selection process for new members. After demonstrating my leadership and responsibility in that position, I was elected vice president of administration.