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  1. SunMoon's Avatar

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    Question Having to choose just one... is it correct?

    Answering a recruiter who is proposing two positions and asking for which one matches better with my skillset. My answer would be:

    I have read the two job specifications and I could be suitable for both roles.

    Having to choose just one I would be considered for the Project Manager position.


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  2. Charlie Bernstein's Avatar
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    Re: Having to choose just one... is it correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by SunMoon View Post
    Answering a recruiter who is proposing two positions and asking for which one matches better with my skill set. My answer would be:

    Your grammar is fine. Here are some changes to make it sound more natural:

    I have read the two job specifications and am suited for both xxx.

    Since I have to to choose xxx one, I'd like to be considered for the Project Manager position.


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    How's that?


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    Re: Having to choose just one... is it correct?

    Since I have to to choose xxx one, I'd like to be considered for the Project Manager position.

    Charlie:I know, when you try to follow the wording proposed in the original....

    but what about his showing more determination, knowing where he is going in life and his career:

    However, my strong preference would be for the position of Project Manager.

    The original wording, SunMoon, sounds very deferential and wishy-washy to a person in Western culture. If this is necessary when you are applying for a job, and not seeming like a 'go-getter', then use the version at the top in red.

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    Re: Having to choose just one... is it correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Since I have to to choose xxx one, I'd like to be considered for the Project Manager position.

    Charlie:I know, when you try to follow the wording proposed in the original....

    but what about his showing more determination, knowing where he is going in life and his career:

    However, my strong preference would be for the position of Project Manager.

    The original wording, SunMoon, sounds very deferential and wishy-washy to a person in Western culture. If this is necessary when you are applying for a job, and not seeming like a 'go-getter', then use the version at the top in red.
    Could be. I'd say "I'd like to be considered," but I'm no career coach. I don't apply for jobs - I luck into them!

    I do try to stay as close as possible to students' wording and not actually rewrite, except to make it sound more natural. But sometimes it's probably a good idea.

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    Re: Having to choose just one... is it correct?

    ...and it didn't occur to me that the student was actually applying for a job! I was just looking at this as another writing assignment.

    Now excuse my while I go slap myself in the head...

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