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General Writing Sample Task 1 #63

In the GT Writing Module you may be asked to write a letter of application for a job. You will need to use a range of vocabulary, some quite specialised, in your letter.

Complete the letter by filling the gaps with a word from the box below.

CV post department developer
interview experience qualified closing
skills salary

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to apply for the .................... of Software Development Manager advertised on February 9th on the University of Kent vacancy database. I have worked for the past ten years as a senior .................... in a telecommunication company in the IT ..................... I think now is the right time to apply for a better position as I believe I have gained relevant .................... and skills.

As you can see from my enclosed ...................., I am a .................... engineer and believe I have excellent technical and management ..................... My current .................... is $55,000 a year.

I realize that the .................... date for applications was last Saturday, but I hope you will still consider my application. I will be available for .................... at any time, apart from the 12 - 24 March when I have arranged a holiday in Italy.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

John Smith

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What is the difference between a CV and a resume?

The primary differences between a CV and a resume are the length. Entry level resumes are usually limited to a page. CVs, however, often run to three or more pages. A more subtle but equally important distinction is that whereas the goal of a resume is to construct a professional identity, the goal of a CV is quite specifically to construct a scholarly identity. In the United States, a CV is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific, or research positions. In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, employers may expect to receive a CV.


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