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Making the Most of Your College Experience: Bad Example of Explaining Experience to Job
In the following example, the writer talks in the second paragraph about some extracurricular experience that may or may not relate to the marketing job she seeks. But then in the third paragraph, she describes money-handling experience that probably has nothing to do with the marketing field. Her experience as a waitress may very well relate to marketing, but she needs to frame it in a way that details that relationship:
- Dear Mr. Melman:
I am in my junior year at the College of William and Mary, and I am seeking summer employment in the marketing field.
As an officer of the Panhellenic Council and of my sorority, I gained experience in dealing with a variety of individuals and their personalities. I organized informational sessions for more than 100 students, scheduled and participated in rehearsals for skits and productions, and I planned activities and criteria for pledges to meet and complete before initiation.
I also acquired applicable experience handling large amounts of money and balancing accounts as the treasurer of Order of Omega, a leadership organization, as well as in my position as a waitress.
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