501 Silvermead Lane
Austin, Texas 78722
January 21, 1997
901 East 16th Street
Austin, TX 78703
Dear Mrs. Lesser:
I am writing in response to your ad in the Austin American-Statesman for a Technical Writer/Intern. I have attached a copy of my resume for your review.
During the past five years, I have gained valuable experience in various types of technical writing, documentation, and graphic design. I have written technical specifications, government contracts, and white papers for International Software Systems, Inc., in conjunction with several branches of the United States Army and Navy. I have also edited several ads that were published in major magazines for Object International (such as PC World, PC Weekly, and ORACLE). In my current position at Dell Computer Corporation, I have written and illustrated an employee handbook and documented and flowcharted several corporate processes (such as hiring processes, EMI procedures and flowchart maps for engineering reviews and checkpoints).
I am currently in the process of completing my Associate Degree in Communication at Austin Community College (ACC). Once I achieve this degree, I plan to transfer to The University of Texas (at Austin) to complete a Bachelors Degree in Journalism. While my studies at ACC have been invaluable to my career goals, your intern program provides an important element. I have been searching for an employment opportunity like this one that combines my continuing education with practical experience in technical writing.
In the past, several team members from your organization have assisted me in completing projects on a contract basis. They were instrumental in enhancing documents and the work reflected a strong sense of pride and professionalism. Since these are the same business ethics I strive for personally, I can think of no better learning environment than joining an organization such as yours.
I look forward to having the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications with you.
Carol N. Brand