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Are you the ideal candidate?
January 17, 2012

Finally! The Professor is in blog sums up my biggest fears of writing the following sentence, or some other variation of it, in a cover letter.

With regards to the position details, my experience in X and Y make me an excellent fit for this position.

I'm no pro on CV/resume/cover letter/motivational letter development, but this career planner article from John's Hopkins nails it. I stumbled up on this while searching several top US public health graduate schools' career sites. I wanted to share because it is written well, and has excellent examples to accompany the advice given.

After moving abroad, I found myself having to relearn this information. In Europe, as opposed to the US, the format for CVs and resumes are different. For example, the EuroPass. During a job fair I attended at the EU headquarters in Brussels, I noticed that everyone had a picture on their CV. Legal problems aside, this is not a social norm in the US, and may in fact, startle the employer because of discrimination issues (I'm not agreeing/disagreeing just making the point to understand the cultural norms before applying).


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