Replying a job related email

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Hello...
I received an email response from a job I applied couple weeks ago. The HR people asked me couple questions. I just want to make sure that I didn't make any grammatical mistakes. Thank you for checking for me….

Kate

Original Message:
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Thank you for your interest in employment with ***. Please reply and
indicate your availability, your security clearance (US citizenship is
required), your current and desired salary.

My response:
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Dear Ms.***,
Thank you for reviewing my resume. I don’t have a timeline and I will be available in your convenience; however, I have to give 3 weeks notice to my current company. Currently I don't have a security clearance, but I can apply one. My current salary is $*** annually, and my desired salary is $*** annually. Again, thank you for your time and I look forward to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,
***
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ilovetako,
Dear Ms.***,
Thank you for reviewing my resume. I don’t have a timeline and I will be available in your convenience; however, I have to give 3 weeks notice to my current company. Currently I don't have a security clearance, but I can apply one. My current salary is $*** annually, and my desired salary is $*** annually. Again, thank you for your time and I look forward to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,
***





Dear Ms. ***:

Thank you for reviewing my resume. I do not have a timeline and I am available at your convenience; however, I must provide three weeks notice to my current employer. Currently I do not have a security clearance, but I can apply for one. Nothing in my background should preclude my obtaining sufficient security clearance. My current salary is $*** annually, and I desire to be paid commensurate with my skills and responsibilities.

Again, thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,
***



Comments:

1) I never give my salary expectations. If I say too low, then either they think I am making a huge career leap that I am not ready for, or they will pay me below what I deserve. I simply answer that I expect to be paid at the market rate for my skills and responsibilities and we can discuss.

If you are uncomfortable with that stance, you can use:

My current salary is $*** annually, and my desired salary is $*** annually.

2) Overall looks good.

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Hi MountainHiker,
Thank you so much for editing my draft. You did gave my draft a makeover look… Emotion: smile
However, I have one more question for you. I don't understand why you used "hearing" in this sentence "I look forward to hearing from you soon" (why shouldn't be "hear"?). Thanks...

Kate
Hi Kate,
I don't understand why you used "hearing" in this sentence "I look forward to hearing from you soon" (why shouldn't be "hear"?).


Nope, hearing is correct.

1) I look forward to receiving your response.

2) I look forward to hearing your response.

3) I look forward to getting your response.

I am not sure how to explain it. You are looking forward to an action or a completed action.

4) I look forward to having heard your response. (technically ok, but we would not use this.)

5) I hear you now.

6) I will hear you sing tomorrow.

7) I look forward to hearing you sing tomorrow.

I am correct in my answer. But I can't provide the precise logic as to why. You should take this specific sentence and ask it in the grammar section. Mister Micawber or CalifJim will give you a great explanation. When you learn, be sure to come back and tell me.

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Anonymous:
Hi Mountain Hiker

I just happened to run into this page and I read this chain of mails. Regarding the question why it is that the verb after "looking forward" is a gerund is basically a grammar rule. As a English as a second language speaker, I just learned that the gramma structure is look forward + ing. That is all. It's hard for us to learn this rule because we first learnt that the verb goes in infinitive after the prepositon "to".
You can't say you are available at their convenience AND have to give 3 weeks notice. Supposing they would find it convenient to have you start tomorrow? Make your mind up...are you available immediately (at your convenience) or after three weeks notice?
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