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Resume Cover Letter for Research Job - Critique Request

by K

I blanked out my name. Here is the job announcement.

Seeking Position As:
International Research Manager

Motivated multi-lingual professional with near native fluency in modern Standard Arabic, fluency in conversational and written Spanish, with additional intermediate proficiency in Brazilian Portuguese, and basic working knowledge of French. Equipped with solid educational background and experience in verbal and written translation, teaching language to students, Arabic culture, public speaking, and community involvement.

Reliable and dedicated with ability to organize and coordinate events while working smoothly with colleagues at all levels in a fast-paced environment through excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Highly trainable and flexible with keen attention to details skilled in research and administrative support services.

-- Foreign Languages
-- Arabic-English Translation
-- Research & Writing
-- Islamic Studies & Arabic Culture
-- Administrative Support
-- Event Management
-- Foreign Policy Middle East/North Africa

Professional Experience

Academic Resource Center
2006 – 2009

Arabic/Spanish Tutor

Washington, D.C.
-- Mentored and tutored students of Georgetown University in all levels of Spanish including beginner and intermediate Modern Standard Arabic.
-- Developed students’ speaking, reading, and writing skills by working with them on grammar principles; worked closely with several students and reported progress regularly to ensure success.
-- Excellent ability to consistently maintain composure and remain productive in extremely high stress, time- sensitive environments.

Harakat Arab Culture Showcase
2008 – 2009

Logistics Co-Chair

Washington, D.C.
-- Co-chaired five-member board of directors to present a show on Arab culture.
-- Led the team in all aspects of event planning to include ordering of food and supplies; booking spaces; managing the stage; and coordinating guest speakers.
-- Organized interviews for media outlet covering the event.
-- Performed a variety of technical and clerical tasks in support of marketing and communications programs; aided in writing organizational goals; created strong foundation for teamwork among employees.

Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
2007 – 2008
Research Assistant
-- Performed research as needed by Dr. Yvonne Haddad, including making annotated bibliographies, writing essays, performing interviews by phone and e-mail, and contributed articles.
-- Provided ongoing integrated communications through goals, strategies, and tactics methodology; streamlined systems and information flow.

Lauinger Library
2006 – 2007
Assistant, Inter-library Loan
Washington, DC
-- Performed general office duties such as receiving phone calls, faxing, copying, and shipping documents.
-- Responsible for identifying areas for improvement and recommending the solutions needed to streamline work-flow and increase operating efficiency.
-- Processed most loan requests from other libraries while maintaining and tracking database with loans to and from libraries across the country; maintained library stacks when needed.

D.C. Schools Project
Tutor Washington, D.C.
-- Conducted weekly four-hour tutoring for Spanish-speaking students struggling with English; led and organized weekend excursions and activities for students.


Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies, May 2009
Graduate Coursework in Arabic English Translation, Spring 2009
Graduate Coursework, Arabic Dialectology Spring 2008
Coursework: Foreign Policy and National Security Spring 2009
Coursework: Modern History of the Middle East/North Africa Spring 2008/2009

Languages: Fluent in Conversational and written Spanish; High Advanced Proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (ACTFL guidelines) with Native fluency in regional dialect Intermediate Proficiency in Brazilian Portuguese, Basic knowledge of French
Microsoft Office Suite  Windows and MAC Applications  HTML
Arabic-English Translation  Typing Arabic Research

Notable Highlights

-- Interviewed by MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Company) and appeared on their news speaking Arabic.

References Gladly Provided Upon Request

122 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
August 2009

Dear Human Resource Director,

Your listing for International Research Manager caught my attention, as it seems an ideal match for my experience and talents. As an accomplished individual with fluency in two languages other than English, Arabic and Spanish, I believe I am someone who will be an asset to your company. With my strong passion for international affairs and strong research ability, I would like to explore the possibility of putting my skills and experience to work for you.

My education at Georgetown University has given me a combination of strong research skills and experience, great writing skills, while nurturing my passion for international affairs. While working as a research assistant, I contributed to important publications and conducted interviews with scholars.

I would be pleased to have the opportunity to discuss future employment and look forward to speaking with you soon. Feel free to contact me by telephone at 123 456 7890 or by e-mail at

Thank you for your consideration.


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Sep 23, 2009
Great Job!
by: Kathi

I think you've done a fine job with the resume and a really excellent job on the cover letter. I really can't offer any suggestions for improvement. Great job!


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