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A Practical Writing Guide for Academic Librarians by Jonathan Wallace, Anne Langley

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Getting and keeping a job

Many of us find it hard to write about ourselves – that is, to portray ourselves through words. When the stakes are high (a job search, a performance evaluation), we feel unable to convey who we are because we're afraid of boasting, or we're unsure how we'll come across.

It helps to think that the documents in this chapter give you a chance to show how awesome you are. Often the only evidence you have of the work you do is the record found in your résumé and cover letter or your self-assessment for a performance review. Unless you work hand in hand with your supervisors every day, they don't know all you do or how successful you are at your job. Your cover letter, résumé and self-evaluation are you on paper.

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