I am applying for a post with the Red Cross and I need to write a motivation letter. However, this is my first time! I already have seen your "guidelines". Could you be so kind as to review my draft?

Tkanks in advance!

Dora

Quote: "Dear Sirs,

I am a 33 year-old Portuguese and I am very interested in becoming a member of International Committee of the Red Cross. I strongly believe that I have the necessary skills and psychological features in order to become an international delegate of ICRC.

Having graduated for two times (Secretary and Law) while working, I acquired great working experience, gaining maturity and learning to work under pressure and to establish priorities.

My work as a secretary also gave me a pragmatic perception of problems and a mental discipline to keep calm when all the other are strained.

During the law course I attended specific subjects and workshops related to international public and private law, namely, humanitarian law, where I had contact with Geneva conventions and with the work carried out by Red Cross. I became very aware of the importance of the missions in the field by international organizations in their constant effort to enforce the dignity of war victims and prevent that conflicts may endanger a minimum standard of rights for every human being.

In a personal point of view, this awareness induced in me a willingness to contribute - even if in a “microscopic” way – to this huge mission of assuring a minimum standard of respect for human lives in scenarios where, most of the times, rational reasoning has disappeared.

Concerning my character, I can say that I am a very flexible person, being able to adapt to different life conditions. Although I can be very persistent defending my opinions, I fully respect the right to be (and to think) different. I distaste any kind of violence, physical or emotional, and firmly believe the violence is not – in any event – the solution.

In what concerns my personal situation, I am divorced with no children and I have always desired to have a professional experience abroad allowing me to meet different kind of people and cultures, which I consider that will make me a richer and better person.

Being aware of the difficulties of working in conflict areas and of keeping a neutral and dispassionate behavior in order to comply with the mission of Red Cross, I firmly believe that I can bring a positive input to the latter.

Kind regards," Unquote.
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It is generally fine, Dora. I have done a bit of cosmetic work, notably deleting your mention of marital status-- save that for the interview:

Dear Sirs,
I am a 33 year-old Portuguese and I am very interested in becoming a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross. I strongly believe that I have the necessary skills and attitudes to become an international delegate of the ICRC.

Having graduated twice (secretarial school and law) while working, I have acquired rich working experience, gaining maturity and learning to establish priorities and work under pressure. My work as a secretary also gave me a pragmatic perception of problems and the mental discipline to remain calm when others are not.

During my law program, some subjects and workshops related to international public and private law, specifically, humanitarian law, where I had contact with the Geneva convention and with the work carried out by the Red Cross. I became very aware of the importance of the field missions of international organizations in their constant efforts to preserve the dignity of war victims and prevent conflicts that may endanger the minimum standards of jhuman rights.

This awareness induced in me an eagerness to contribute, even if in a small way, to this huge mission of assuring a minimum standard of respect for human lives in scenarios where rational thought has often disappeared.

Concerning my character, I can say that I am a very flexible person, able to adapt to different conditions. Although I can be very persistent defending my opinions, I fully respect the right to be different and to think differently. I have a strong distaste for any kind of violence, physical or emotional, and firmly believe that violence is never a solution. I have always desired to have a professional experience abroad, allowing me to meet different kinds of people and cultures; this I consider will make me a richer and better person.

I am aware of the difficulties of working in conflict areas and of maintaining neutral and dispassionate behavior in order to comply with the missions of the Red Cross, and I firmly believe that I can contribute positively to this effort..

Sincerely yours,
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