Sample Cover Letter: Supply Chain Manager

Have you seen our writing tips and sample cover letter for an Account Executive?  Here comes one for a Supply Chain Manager.  We used the same cover letter template for the Account Executive and Supply Chain Manager cover letter.

Maybe you’d like to give the template a try yourself?

Or if you prefer a more personalized service, we offer cover letter support starting at Euros 20.00.  Just get in touch with us on via e-mail : info@thebostonschool.com.  A short phone call can also be arranged via Skype.

Sample Supply Chain Manager Cover Letter

Note: the list of 22 prompts used for the text in bold can be found on page 2 of the document.  All you need to do to find the prompts is to place your mouse at the bottom of the document and the page numbers will appear to click on.

The TOEFL or IELTS Test? A comparison to help you decide

IELTS TEST Information The Boston School

Do you need to choose between taking the TOEFL or the IELTS but not sure what the differences are between them?

Some people may find comfort in the fact that TOEFL has been around for many years and is the “go to” exam for applying to attend an American university.  

However, more and more schools, universities and businesses accept both tests as valid proof of one’s language proficiency.  Therefore, it is left up to you to choose.

To help make your decision, it makes sense to compare specific parts to each other. 

Today we are specifically going to outline the differences between the second Writing Task in both the IELTS Academic and the TOEFL tests.

They are both essay questions.  But how do they differ?

 IELTSTOEFL
TIME4030
MINIMUM LENGTH250 words300 words
QUESTION TYPES 5 types (see list below)6 types (see list below)
QUESTION TOPICSvarious topics with often a focus on general education, and daily life issues as well as university life in the USA.various topics with often a focus on family, leisure, business, education, communication crime and other issues affecting society.

 

There are a wide range of topics that can be covered on both the IELTS and TOEFL tests. However, since the TOEFL test was developed and used as part of admission requirements for foreigners studying at US universities, there are often questions that refer directly to the student university experience. 

IELTS Academic was developed for both university admissions and immigration qualifications in mind. 

Since not everyone immigrating to an English speaking country will be attending university but may need to attend job-related training sessions in English, it is clear that the questions tend to be less university-specific focused.

The best way to see the difference is to compare sample essay questions from both tests. 

Similar to deciding whether or not to buy a paperback book, I tell students to read the first page to get the idea if they can relate to the writer’s style and are interested in their storyline.

In the case of the essay questions, ask yourselves: Which questions seem easier for me to answer? “Easier” usually is a reflection of the fact that you can actually relate to a question and have something to say about it. This is one important way to decide for yourself – which language proficiency test would be best for you.

SAMPLE IELTS ESSAY QUESTIONS

The first two questions, which are the most common IELTS question types, were taken from Cambridge English IELTS 11 Academic Authentic Examination Papers which will be used in The Boston School’s IELTS Test Preparation Course.

OPINION ESSAY 

Governments should spend money on railways rather than roads. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

DISCUSSION ESSAY 

Many governments think that economic progress is their most important goal. Some people, however, think that other types of progress are equally important for a country. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion

SOLUTION ESSAY

Scientists tell us about the activities which are good for our health and others which are bad. Millions of people all over the world know this and still do unhealthy activities. Why do you think this is and what can be done to change it?

DIRECT QUESTION ESSAY

Companies use a variety of methods to improve the sales of their products. What are those methods? Which is the most effective method?

ADVANTAGE/DISADVANTAGES ESSAY

In many cities today, most people live in large apartment blocks. Does this kind of accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages?

SAMPLE TOEFL ESSAY QUESTIONS

Taken from the Official Guide to TOEFL (4th Edition) which I can highly recommend for TOEFL test takers.

AGREE OR DISAGREE ESSAY (OPINION ESSAY) 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: grades encourage students to learn. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

SUPPORT OR OPPOSE ESSAY 

It has recently been announced that a large shopping center may be built in your neighborhood. Do you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY 

What are some important qualities of a good supervisor (boss)? Use specific details and examples to explain why these qualities are important.

HYPOTHETICAL ESSAY 

If you could study a subject that you have never had the opportunity to study, what would you choose? Explain your choice, using specific reasons and details.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST / ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES 

Some universities require students to take classes in many subjects. Other universities require students to specialize in one subject. Which is better? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

OPTION ESSAY

Which would you choose: a high-paying job with long hours that would give you little time with family and friends or a lower-paying job with shorter hours that would give you more time with family and friends? 

Explain your choice, using specific reasons and details.

We would be happy to answer questions like this either by you leaving a question in the form below or emailing us at info@thebostonschool.com if you need help quickly.

More information and a chart comparing the IELTS and TOEFL grades can be found here.

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7 Top Tips – Send good English e-mails at work

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Today, it is so important to be able to send good English e-mails which have been written with some thought when you are at work.

Why? When using your phone to access your e-mail, you might find yourself caught up in a moment at work. You are in a meeting or at lunch and without thinking you click “reply,” type up a quick response and send.

Then all sorts of things happen and you end up in a chain of 5 people on cc and wondering what is happening! This is why we offer these 10 tips to help you send good English e-mails at work.

1. Should it be handled in-person

As you move up from being a Team Leader to Manager or working with budgets, there are always stories in a company which are shared by the Nespresso coffee machine about “did you hear about?” 

These topics sometimes stray into the “for your information” or f.y.i. space of e-mail. Ask yourself is the e-mail a public one to be shared, or stored and addressed at a review or private conversation moment with the person who is the subject or sender.

The topic being discussed is something you’d write on company letterhead or post on a bulletin board for all to see before clicking “send.” –Judith Kallos,
author of “E-Mail Etiquette Made Easy”, “E-Mail: The Manual”, and “E-Mail: A Write It Well Guide”.

2. Don’t have red mist or get “e-mail angry” with anyone

Let us ignore the current Twitter star of rants, e-mailing with bad news, making a decision to cut a supplier, to stop working for an employer despite the fact you will be paid your notice period and more may seem a good idea at the time. 

E-mail is dangerous because one moment the exchange is informal. Next, it is used as evidence to resolve conflict or to impact a project resource budget request. 

A small side comment has caught many a person because you must remember that e-mail correspondence lasts for a long time. 

Legally, companies are required to retain information in some circumstances for 7 to 10 years!

3. E-mails are not messaging

Companies are using more and more messaging platforms, this short answer or SMS style is now applied by many to e-mail. 

The problem, a 1 or 6-word response may not actually advance the conversation or requested decision very far. In informational situations, add “Information only” or “No Reply Necessary” at the top of the e-mail or in the subject line, if low priority or if you do not want a response. 

When you send a short e-mail in English with “thanks” or “will do” as a message, when there may be more than one person involved who may not be as proficient as you in your use of English, confusion can arise.

4. Always include a signature if it is important

The topic is urgent, the email has “sent by Samsung” or similar on it and there is no contact information. 

Why should someone have to look up how to get in touch with you? Have you not been frustrated as the receiver of an e-mail who had to check through past e-mails to find a contact number? 

This is why on important e-mails adding the best contact number to get you and a note of your time-zone if travelling will speed up the process.

5. Call or warn in advance when you need to send large attachments

There are other ways to send large volumes of data, not by e-mail. Many company e-mail inboxes have a capacity limit. 

It could be as low as 100Mb and if the person owning it keeps everything, your 10Mb report and graphic file, badly formatted CV or similar could bounce or simply not arrive for a long time. 

That is because a low priority has been set internally for large file management on the company e-mail servers. Tools for sending large files include Dropbox, filemail and others.

6. Manage those attachments

“I did not get the information” because the recipient did not see the extra documents which were hidden in the scroll down area if you are using Outlook. 

If you are sending attachments please try to give them a document or file name which is logical. When you send more than 3 files, state in the first line, “please find attached the xxx files / documents relating to .” 

This means that in the future, if you or they need to find the e-mail, it can be found with a simple sent/inbox general search of subject and content. This is especially important for HR or Finance where in the case of HR the resume, interview notes, references and other information may be shared.

7. Your e-mail is about you and people who receive them do judge, so consider using the phone instead

Every e-mail you send is looked at by others, a manager may think “oh dear” their English is getting worse, or we have a training need because it is not on topic, contains mistakes or a mix of German or French and English words. 

This is not your fault or the fault of a colleague, it is simply reflects the need of a skills or use of English language course. That is why we say sometimes instead of e-mailing someone, pick up the phone instead. 

There have been many students who have spoken with good use of English and clarity of thought on important topics who would not have been able to do the same in an e-mail.

We do have more e-mail tips to share on e-mails and other business English topics. If you are interested, please sign up for our newsletter or contact us for an e-mail writing and use of English in-company course.

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Tips to write a good cover letter and an example for your next job application

Free tips for job seekers

You see the advertisement and you instantly think – the job description is you!

You apply and the team at HR respond by saying “Thank you, but we’ve decided to choose another candidate.”

You are shocked. You think: How many people are there like me? Who has the same experience? What did I get wrong?

You may have got nothing wrong. It is just that you may not have answered the following three questions very well.

The person reading your application and covering letter did not feel really well connected to you. It happens. 

This is why when you write a cover letter for your CV / resume, you must be able to say:

1. I can do this job because:

I am “qualified” because of my education and experience. This would be the most basic level answer.

You need to remember that more than one person will read your documentation. Each person reading the job application cover letter will have their idea of what is important in the role and how you qualify.

That is why you need to be clear about your match to the advertised key requirements. Be sure to expand on a few points so you do not sell yourself short.

2. I have interpersonal skills and do not create conflict in the team because:

When you get your interview, you need to come across to those looking to hire you in a positive light.

You can be yourself – shy or outgoing and conversational. Make eye contact and behave as you described yourself – not as someone who cannot be employed because they are a little bit weird.

Make sure your cover letter and any e-mails to HR or during the interview process show that you are good-natured and stable, not a grouch someone regrets employing after a month.

3. I can fit into the company culture because:

This is difficult to guess so research first on websites like Glassdoor and others, some people even telephone the company and pretend to have a customer service question or for other reasons.

It then helps you to know a little more about the company and how to suggest you may be a good culture fit. Not just for the company,but for you as well.

This is important because you want to be thinking of a career move, not just a short term job placement and be looking for another job again soon.

Having to answer points 1, 2 and 3 is not easy, especially if you need to do this in English.

It does take time. The Boston School has helped many seeking last-minute help over the years and we have been happy to celebrate with them after getting the job interview and later the job itself.

So ,if you might need some support, why not contact us?

Free sample cover letter for telecom job

Your choice of words and how you sell or position yourself is important.

We both want to make sure that any hiring team looks at your  resume and cover letter and thinks yes to points 1,2 and 3. I must interview this person!

Then at interview, it is up to you. The well-written cover letter and your resume / CV did its job.

It got you through the door and to the next stage of the hiring process.