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    Would it be inappropriate to use the word "fit" as it's used below in a cover letter?

    "These attributes would make me an excellent fit as an assistant."

    That might be a bit colloquial; I'm not sure.

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    Re: Fit

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Would it be inappropriate to use the word "fit" as its used below in a cover letter?

    "These attributes would make me an excellent fit as an assistant."

    That might be a bit colloquial; I'm not sure.

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    Yes, it is a bit informal, and 'fit' is not usually used for people.
    "an excellent choice" would be my choice.

    Re: 'fit':
    She fits in well around here. OK
    She's a good fit around here. Not OK.
    She's a good fit as an assistant. Not really.

    Perhaps in very colloquial, rather impersonal situations, it might work:
    "X is a good fit in the midfield between Y and Z"

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    Re: Fit

    Using "fit" for a person is quite common in North America -- I often hear sports commentators say it -- but, as I suspected, it's too informal for a cover letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Using "fit" for a person is quite common in North America -- I often hear sports commentators say it -- but, as I suspected, it's too informal for a cover letter.

    Thanks.
    OK, I'll make a general disclaimer for my answers to you: Whenever I say "X is not usually said", or "You can't say X", American sports commentary is excepted by default.

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    Re: Fit

    I'm optimistic that using "fit" for a person will evolve into accepted usage, even in Australia (but I'm not holding my breath).

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    Re: Fit

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    Yes, it is a bit informal, and 'fit' is not usually used for people.
    "an excellent choice" would be my choice.
    "An excellent choice as an assistant" or "an excellent choice for an assistant"? I think both are correct.

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    Re: Fit

    How about:

    With these attributes, I feel I am well fitted to the job as ...

    not a teacher

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    Re: Fit

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "An excellent choice as an assistant" or "an excellent choice for an assistant"? I think both are correct.

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    Both are possible.

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    Re: Fit

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    How about:

    With these attributes, I feel I am well fitted to the job as ...

    not a teacher
    Yes, though "well-suited" would be more common.

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    Re: Fit

    Within the realm of hiring decisions in the US, "fit" is a very common word.

    Do you think she'll be a good fit?
    Her qualifications are good, but she didn't seem like a good fit.

    However, it's said by the people doing the hiring -- I too would find it a bit informal (or maybe presumptuous) of the person applying for the job.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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