Business correspondence doesn't have to be generic and dry. A few lines might suffice when there is a familiarity between coworkers or colleagues, but oftentimes the tone (as well as the content) can make the difference in how your email is interpreted and what the end results are.
Don't underestimate the power of a cover letter; it often helps weed out who gets the job interview and who doesn't. Be smart and write one that reflects you-- a singularly impressive person.
Concise, clear, control, and correct. These four Cs can make or break your writing. Reading a piece of writing with misplaced modifiers or incorrect word choices will be an immediate fail. And a document that is too wordy and poorly organized is another epic fail.
You can engage the hiring person initially with your cover letter but then your resume needs to show the specific details of what you have accomplished. The layout must be easy to read and the style should match the type of job.
Writing a speech for a wedding, a funeral, a presentation? There is no reason to make it tedious or typical. Speeches should be uplifting and uniquely one's own. Don't fall prey to speeches online that sound like they were created by a bot.
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University of Munich
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Ghada Zein El-Abedin Rajab
Menoufia University Hospital
Pediatric and strabismus fellow, Stein Eye Institute, U