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Posted July 3, 2008 at 1:12 PM via web

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Starting a Persuasive Essay

I need to write a persuasive essay on why I should be selected for a summer job. What's a good way to start the essay and really grab people's attention?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted July 5, 2008 at 5:43 PM (Answer #2)

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You want to "sell" yourself when you are trying to get a job, so the first thing you normally want to do when writing an essay or job letter, you want to introduce yourself and how you heard about the job opening.  Then, you might state that you are qualified for the job and list a few main reasons why.  This is imperative because you want to point out right off the bat why you might be better than someone else for that particular job. Then, in the body of the letter or essay, describe in detail the skills you have that are directly related to the job you're trying to obtain.  You want to list any experience that you have in that particular field, etc.  If you don't have direct experience in that field, you might list general skills that are applicable to the job.  In the conclusion or last paragraph, always thank the person and request an interview and your telephone number and days/times you can be reached.

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM (Answer #3)

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As the assignment is an essay, as opposed to a cover letter, you have leniency to be more creative.  You might start with a personal anecdote that shows the audience what skills you have in an interesting manner, without having to "announce" the details.  Then you could go into depth on what previous experience you have had to demonstrate those skills.

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sibi | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 6, 2008 at 2:40 PM (Answer #4)

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hi, i have to write an argumentative essay and i choose to write about the alcoholism and my thesis is - alcoholism should be treated as an illness. my reasons for this topic are that the alcoholism causes death, affects to the social life. but my instructor said that i can't prove with these reasons that alcholism should be treated as an illness.i  need help about those reasons, i don't know what exactly they can be.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 3, 2009 at 7:58 PM (Answer #5)

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hi, i have to write an argumentative essay and i choose to write about the alcoholism and my thesis is - alcoholism should be treated as an illness. my reasons for this topic are that the alcoholism causes death, affects to the social life. but my instructor said that i can't prove with these reasons that alcholism should be treated as an illness.i  need help about those reasons, i don't know what exactly they can be.

Your teacher is correct. If you want to convince people that alcoholism is a disease, you must explain how it is like a disease. What are its symptoms? What is the progression of the disease? What causes the disease? What are the most effective cures for the disease? I would google alcoholism, disease on the web. There are many places that discuss how this addition is like a disease. 

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted May 26, 2009 at 6:38 PM (Answer #6)

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An essay of this type should focus on three points: requirements of the summer job, your knowledge and experience, and how these match the summer job requirements.

This best way to start is to find out the nature of job that you will be required to do, including the details of organization where you will be doing the job. Next is to think critically how your knowledge, experience and any other skill or achievements will be helpful to do a better job.

In actual writing the essay you can use a format where you describe something about yourself, how this will help you in the job, and as a result what will be benefit to the organization.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 17, 2010 at 1:44 PM (Answer #7)

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I agree with other editors - your essay should start with a strong opening that states the kind of person you want to present yourself as being which is then supported by the rest of the essay. Consider what they are looking for, and how you as an individual meet those requirements, then make a list of certain adjectives that you can include in the opening paragraph. Make sure you re-state these traits in the rest of the essay and give examples of how you demonstrate them.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 19, 2011 at 7:54 AM (Answer #8)

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Keep in mind that in a job application essay, the recruiters will very possibly be reading several essays that will likely sound very similar.  As one who has read "application" essays, the ones that stick out the most to me are the ones that are very obviously initially different from the rest.

To do this you must be creative.  Make a list of the things you suspect most other people will say.  (Perhaps come up with a list of common qualities applicants will share and write about.)  It is risky, but if you want to really grab your reader's atttention, start your essay by denying having all the "typical" qualities that everyone else has and that this employer is likely looking for.  The way to make this work is to then "one-up" those qualities by showing how you are actually better than average.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 16, 2011 at 12:28 PM (Answer #9)

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You need to begin by choosing a job that you really want.  Then, explain your qualifications.  Don't focus on what you can't do or your lack of experience.  Focus on the skills you have and the experiences you have had that will make you a good candidate for this job.

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