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Your favorite cousin has moved to your town and is looking for a job. Her previous experiences are
working as a cashier and sales clerk at two department stores. You know she plans to apply at similar
stores in your town. But you also know she is a perfect match for a job opening as a reliable assistant
to your boss. You know she has the skills, though she doesn’t think she is as capable as she is, and
you’re sure she’d be good at this job.
Your goal is to persuade your cousin to apply for the job. You e-mail her a paragraph explaining the
specifics of the job and the reasons she should apply. You want to convince her that she has the job
skills required. You’ll use an informal tone, of course, but will take care to use correct business writing
to show her that you take your recommendation seriously.
1. Using your imagination, create the kind of skills the job as boss’s assistant requires. Make up
names for your boss and the company, as well as any facts that might help you prove your case
to your cousin. Freewrite about the skills you’ve seen her show in other settings and about how
you can convince her to use those abilities in this position. In addition, consider personality traits
that show she would work well with your boss. Also make up details and figures about how this
job will benefit your cousin personally and professionally.
2. Circle the information your cousin most needs to hear to be persuaded to apply for this job. You
won’t be able to use everything you made up. Organize the details and explanation using an order of importance pattern.

Open the Word document containing your draft of Paragraph 1 and begin a new page. Type the
heading Paragraph 2 and draft your 8–12 sentence paragraph. Begin with the topic sentence,
in which you establish your confidence in your cousin and spark her interest in applying for this
job. Develop your paragraph using clear, varied sentences and concrete words with transitions or
connectives that create a logical flow. Use the information you’ve identified as most important and
make your paragraph as persuasive as possible.

So far this is what Ive started with::

Dear Jessica,
I know your still looking for a job that is similar to your previous experiences and I think you should take this one into consideration. My boss, Shelly Burkholder, is still looking for an assistant. She is the owner of Burkholder Real Estate. The skills required for the position are good communication skills, answering phone calls and taking messages, setting up appointments, organizing documents and occasionally arranging meetings. You communicate with people very well and are always organized. I know how efficient and punctual you are. You would be the perfect candidate for this position. You have always been open to new experiences and I know this one will help you with your future. I hope you make the right decision. It would definitely be beneficial.


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