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Hi,

I have prepared a covering letter for a position as trainee and would like to know if I had done it correctly. I would appreciate any idea in order to learn for the next one. Thank you for your time.

Here it is:

Dear YY,

I am writing to you with regard to your ad for the position of a Trainee in the International Affairs Department or a Trainee in the European Affairs Department. After reading the
job descriptions, I felt I could fulfil the requirements.

Since I have been aspiring to work at international organisations both positions you are offering reveal for me the unique opportunity to extend my multicultural practise
and to gain invaluable knowledge in international or European affairs.

In recent years I have had various work experience as a freelancer as well as a part
of a team, in very diverse environments, with and without clients, which has improved my problem-solving and networking abilities and also my organisational and communication skills. This enables me to deal with all the tasks mentioned in your ads as I have had similar responsibilities.

My experience in monitoring the development in national law areas such as
xx law and yy law, which I practised for three years at a notary's office in XX, could be very useful in order to monitor the developments in European law and practise.

In addition, I have already demonstrated my administrative abilities while working as a team leader of an administrative team at the XX where I was responsible for the organisation of the office work and the support of authorities as well as the communication with them in the field of mm law.

Due to the fact that I have become strongly dedicated to European law since attending a
seminar for it organised by the Academy for International Studies in Vienna in 2006, I would welcome the chance to do research on topics related to the EU policies and institutions and to show my intellectual as well as political curiosity.

On top of that, I am also interested in learning foreign languages, and
through this building my understanding and experiences
of other cultures and communities. Currently I am fluent in xx, yy, English and Russian and have a working knowledge of French as well as I am preparing for the examinations CPE in English (12/2007), DELF in French (01/2008) and Japanese (12/2007).

I would welcome the great opportunity to work as part of your successful
team, to benefit from your extensive experience, and to put my training, experience and enthusiasm into practice for your association.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
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Hi Kathrin,

A cover letter is called that because it 'covers' (ie introduces) an attachment. For a job application, the attachment should be your resume (sometimes the term 'CV' is used instead of 'resume').

Have you prepared a resume? That's where most of the information in your letter should be placed. I advise you to look into this topic, and see about preparing one. If you need any help, or if we can review a draft for you, please post again.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi Clive,

I have prepared a resume but I am reluctant to post my resume here for obvious reasons. Long time ago I made the mistake to send only a resume and the reply wasn't positive. I should have sent a covering letter too, I was told.

Best wishes,

Kathrin
Hi,

Dear YY,

I am writing to you with regard to your ad for the position of a Trainee in the International Affairs Department or a Trainee in the European Affairs Department. After reading the job descriptions, I feel I can meet these requirements.

Since I wish very much to work with an international organisation, both positions you are offering seem to me to be a unique opportunity to extend my multicultural experience and to gain invaluable knowledge of international or European affairs.

In recent years I have had various work experiences as a freelancer as well as part of a team, in very diverse environments, with and without clients, which has improved my problem-solving and networking abilities, and also my organisational and communication skills. This enables me to deal with all the tasks mentioned in your ads as I have had similar responsibilities.

My experience in monitoring developments in inter ? national law areas such as *** law and yy law, which I practised for three years at a notary's office in ***, could be very useful in order to monitor the developments in European law and practises.

In addition, I have already demonstrated my administrative abilities while working as a team leader of an administrative team at the *** where I was responsible for the organisation of the office work and the support of authorities ?? as well as for communication with them in the field of mm law.

Due to the fact that I have become strongly dedicated to European law since attending a seminar for it organised by the Academy for International Studies in Vienna in 2006, I would welcome the chance to do research on topics related to EU policies and institutions .



On top of that, I am also interested in learning foreign languages, and in this way building my understanding and experience of other cultures and communities. Currently I am fluent in ***, yy, English and Russian and have a working knowledge of French. As well, I am preparing for various examinations: CPE in English (12/2007), DELF in French (01/2008) and Japanese (12/2007).

I would welcome the great opportunity to work as part of your successful team, to benefit from your extensive experience, and to put my training, experience and enthusiasm into practice for your association.

My resume is enclosed. I would be most grateful for the opprtunity to discuss this further with you in an interview. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Seems OK to me. Emotion: smile Don't put anything unimportant or irrelevant about yourself in a cover letter. It's your chance to impress, to shine.

Good luck, Clive
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Hi,

I am very grateful for the suggestions. Did you have the suspect that I have put something irrelevant in the letter? I tried to exploit my resume, that's all. What is authorities ??

Best wishes,

Kathrin
Hi,

Did you have the suspect that I have put something irrelevant in the letter? Only you can decide that. It was just very general advice.

What is authorities ?? I don't know. You are the one who used the word. ie I was responsible for the organisation of the office work and the support of authorities as well as the communication with them in the field of mm law. What did you mean when you wrote this sentence?

Clive

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Hi Clive,

I was torn between governmental/government authorities and restitution authorities and at the end I let it to authorities which wasn't I very good idea, I suppose. I meant authorities connected to restitution law but you cannot find a word like this in the dictionary, can you? No idea, still:_)

Best regards,

Kathrin
Hi,

Why don't you just refer to them as 'authorities on restitution law'? There does not have to be just one word for everything.

But I still don't understand what you mean when you say that you were responsible for the . . . the support of authorities (on restitution law) . . Why did they need support? Perhaps 'support' is not the correct word to reflect what you did?

Clive
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Hi,

the authorities on restitution law were very very new at that point (1993-94) as the restitution law itself was enacted in 1992 so the employer weren't really trained to do the job properly. During the project they had time to gain knowledge in the matter. My job was to bridge the gap and to provide the necessary knowledge until the employer were fully trained and capable to do it without help from the outside which happened after several months. It was a very unique position just fitting in the time. The German Trust Agency became obligated to support the other authorities as we had more information and knowledge in that matter, a specific part of the restitution law.

Which word would you suggest?

Best wishes,

Kathrin
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