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Those of us who have been doomed to read manuscripts written in an examination room—whether at a grammar school, high school, or a college—have found the work of even good scholars disfigured by bad spelling, confusing punctuation, ungrammatical, obscure, ambiguous, or inelegant expressions. Everyone who has had much to do with the graduating classes of our best colleges has known men who could not write a letter describing their own Commencement without making blunders which would disgrace a boy twelve years old.

— Adam Sherman Hill



May 2008

MEGHAN: Good morning Ags.  I’m your host Meghan Wall and welcome to “Write Right.”  Ever wonder how to get the references you need for a job application?  Well listen up because here’s a quick tip on how to do it.

CINDY: And what about those references; what if the application said that I needed references?

MANDY: In that case include them on a separate sheet at the interviewUse no more than three to five references, including at least one academic and one work-related reference.  Don’t use family members, friends, or clergy. Include the individual’s name, job title, company name, address, email, and phone number.Always ask permission to use people as references, and give them a copy of your resume and cover letter.  This will help them know what your goals are and not restate information that is already on your resume.  Right now is the time to be building those references that means that you should make a good impression on current employers and professors so that they will give you a good reference one day.

MEGHAN: Well there you go.  If you need any assistance with references, just go to the Career Center located in Koldus 109 or to the University Writing Center on the second floor of Evans library, where they have trained staff ready to help you.  Thanks for tuning in to this quick tip; I’m Meghan Wall and we’ll see you next time on “Write Right.”



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