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Practical Writing. understanding and writing “help wanted” ads. About E-Mail. Sample Reading. Useful Abbreviations in “help wanted” ads. Exercises. Practical Writing: Writing E-mail Messages. About E-Mail. “Help wanted” ads usually include the following information:. Job Information:

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understanding and writing help wanted ads

Practical Writing

understanding and writing “help wanted” ads


About E-Mail

Sample Reading

Useful Abbreviations in “help wanted” ads


Practical Writing: Writing E-mail Messages

about e mail
About E-Mail

“Help wanted” ads usually include the

following information:

Job Information:

Position Title


Business Name

Job Description


Days & Hours of Employment

Salary Range

Contact Information:

Business Name

Business Address

Business Phone

Business E-mail Address


Contact Person Name

Contact Person Phone

Contact Person E-mail Address

Contact Person Mailing Address


Sample Reading

Sample 1:

Admin Asst Mid 30s


Assistant to published Xinya Good magazine.

Looking for indiv. W/strong communication skills.

Challenging & creative projects! Type & WP. Call

Sunday & Weekdays. Call 3905118 or

fax r¨¦sum¨¦ to 3905119.


Sample Reading

Sample 2:




In-house technician needed for growing media co.

Repair and install computers and printers in a

unique environment. Min. 2 yrs. exp. Contact

William Steve. Phone 5560789. Fax 5560799.

useful abbreviations in help wanted ads
Useful Abbreviations in “help wanted” ads

Abbreviations appear very often in “help wanted” ads for economical reason. The following abbreviations are from the two ads above. Remember the abbreviations and their full forms.

Admin: administrative

Asst: assistant

co.: company

exp.: experience

indiv.: individual


MGR: manager



w/: with

WP: word processing


  • Ex. 1. Read the following ad carefully and then complete the sentences that follow.


The Reader has a part-time opening in the Classified Department. Candidates should have excellent computer/data input experience, pay close attention to detail and have a minimum typing speed of 65 wpm. Hours are Mondays (8-2 hours afternoons/evenings) and possible additional hours on Tuesday morning. Starting pay is $10/hour ($11/hour after one year). This opening is strictly input of ads. You will not need to answer phones. Please do not respond if your typing speed is less than 65 wpm. Fax your resume/cover letter to: Brett Murphy, Classifieds Manager, 312£­828£­0682 or send to [email protected] No phone calls, please.


1. The business name is _________ and it wants to

hire a _____.

2. The applicant is disqualified if his/her typing speed

is ______________.

3. The applicant may expect to increase his/her pay to

________ if he/she is good enough after one year.

4. The contact person name is ___________.

The Reader


less than 65 wpm


Brett Murphy

Ex. 2. The following ad is from a website. Read it carefully and then complete the sentences that follow.


We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people who have previous experience working with the public in a retail and/or restaurant environment. All of our cafes are located in the Loop area and are open Monday—Friday. Part-time day shifts available; $7.50 starting pay. Uniform and meal allowancesprovided. We also offer career growth and health insurance. Apply online by sending us your r¨¦sum¨¦ and/or a brief summary of your previous work experience and your availability to [email protected]


1. The applicant qualifications must be

____________________ and have



2. The applicant can find the cafes in ___________.

3. The benefits that Briazz Sandwich Cafe offers are

____________________________ in addition to

uniform and meal allowances.

4. The only piece of contact information provided in

Ad 2 is _____________________.

friendly and enthusiastic

previous experience working with the public in a

retail and/or restaurant environment

the Loop area

career growth and health insurance

[email protected]


Ex. 3. Organize the following information into a help wanted ad.

Business Address: 5026 N Broadway or 2815 W Montrose

Fax No.: 773£—463—­7435

Contact Person E-mail Address: [email protected]

Position Title: Secretary/Administrative Assistant

Application Dates and Hours: Monday—Friday, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Qualifications: Good communication, bilingual, basic computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel) Salary Range: competitive, $8—$10/hour



Good communication, bilingual, basic computer skills

(Microsoft Word and Excel), competitive salary ($8—

$10/hour). Please apply M—F, 9 a.m. —4 p.m. 5026 N Broadway or 2815 W Montrose. Fax: 773-463-7435.

E-mail: [email protected]