Hopefully, you have tried to come up with some responses to the last blog on polite structures for business emails. Here I will share my answers. Of course, these are just one option of many. My answers are in italics below each scenario.
As you probably recall, I am responsible for compiling the sales report by next week. I have received many of the sections and it is coming together nicely. I wanted to check in with about how your section on returning customers is developing and when it might be ready to add to the report.
I have been thinking about our current situation and how we could solve our issue with data and tracking. I'd like to propose a potential solutions that we could easily implement in the coming year.
Since our merger with our partner company, we have struggled to merge our lists of clients and to create a systematic process for data collection. Synergetics Consultants is a local company that specializes in resolving this particular issue. I have taken the liberty of asking them for an estimate and they have said that they would be able to complete the work over 6 months for only $10,000.
In my opinion, it will be money well spent! I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the issue.
Thank you, Sue, for sharing your thoughts on how to resolve our data and tracking problems. I think that it is a great jumping off point. Still, I have some concerns regarding the cost of the proposed solutions. Specifically, $10,000 is a rather large amount of money and it would significantly cut into our profits. Would it be possible to find a less expensive company? Alternatively, perhaps we could design the new data collection process in-house while still outsourcing the data merging process? I imagine this might reduce the cost.
Thank you all for your input.
Keeping in mind what you have learned about polite structures and social/cultural language skills, create a response for the following situations at work. This week, I want you to imagine you are writing emails to address different problems at work. Write down what you would say and your reason for responding that way.
At interviews, you will probably be asked questions that fall into the following three categories.
How should you prepare for these questions?
1. Come with examples. Don’t just say you have a skill, show and describe it with an anecdote.
2. Come with questions. Bring a few questions about the company or job. Usually interviews end with an opportunity to ask questions, so be prepare to ask something.
3. Practice. Run through questions on your own or with a friend. It will help you stay on point during the interview.
Cover letters are your chance to narrate your work history. Think of the resume as raw data and the cover letter as the presentation. It gives you the chance to highlight or de-emphasize information, as well as add your voice to your application.
Cover letters should be concise, but they should also reveal your point of view. Answer these questions to make a powerful impression.
Paragraph 1: What is your interest in this job?
How will you help the company or excel in the position?
What makes you shine?
Paragraph 2: What is your most relevant work experience?
How does your work history prepare your for this job?
What have you learned from your previous jobs?
Paragraph 3: How can they reach you?
When should they call you?
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