Monday, February 23, 2009

Resume Cover Letter

I had a job interview over the phone today. I was pretty nervous and now that it's done I feel relieved. I was asked questions about school and work, the usual stuff, and why I wanted the job. I'll find out in a few days or so if I got the job.

In the meantime, do you want to read my cover letter?
Hafa Adai XXXXXXX,


I believe that I am qualified for the position based on my education and the work I have accomplished in Saipan over the last three years. I returned to Saipan the year after graduating from Rollins College to work on a coral reef outreach project. In that time I have gained experience writing press releases, newspaper articles, websites, and blogs. I have also managed letter writing and signature gathering campaigns. Additionally, I have managed email lists for activists, volunteers, and media contacts, including the entire email list for the League of Conservation Voters in Florida.

Some of my work has led to national recognition. In 2007, Beautify CNMI, an environmental coalition I helped create and still coordinate, received an EPA Environmental Award and Friends of the Mariana Islands, a small dedicated group of environmental volunteers of which I am a special advisor and volunteer, received an Earth Team award from USDA

In 2008 I was the local lead on a successful campaign to convince President Bush to designate a Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, a conservation area the size of Spain. In order to gain his support we waged a multi-faceted local campaign, which led to our governor, legislature, business community, and over 6000 residents supporting the monument. This campaign was covered in over 1000 newspapers and garnered unprecedented media attention for the Marianas.

In addition to being qualified for the position, I have many ties to the region. I was born on Guam and having family living throughout the region. I am also a member of Micronesians in Island Conservation, a learning network for conservationists in the region.

Thank you for taking the time to consider me as a candidate.

I can provide references upon request.

Si yu'use ma'ase,

Angelo Villagomez
I cut off the top paragraph so that you won't know what job I'm applying for.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like it is somewhere on Guam.

"I was born on Guam and having family living throughout the region."

Next time have a trusted friend proof-read such letters for you. A second pair of eyeballs is always helpful. I got the same total SAT score as you, and had an excellent sixth grade English teacher.

P.S. There is no "e" in "yu'us". On this Ash Wednesday, praised be God! And maybe abstain from meat and alcohol today?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Are chicken nuggets meat?

Anonymous said...

Abstinence on Fridays of Lent is required under canon law (a branch of theology). See Code of Canon Law (“CIC” in Latin), Canon 1251. However, the details, including “carnis” in Latin, defined as only the flesh of mammals and birds, are set out elsewhere (blog summary, with links).

Anonymous said...

I saw the ad for the position you applied for in today's paper. Although the experience requirements section is a bit of a stretch, you seem to be right up their alley, Angelo. Good luck.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I don't think it was in today's paper. Are you talking about the TNC job?

Customize said...

Text resumes will be around for a long time. Because everyone can type.

But everyone cannot write a story or a poem.

So, there will also be a demand for expert / professional resume – writers, for a long time to come.

But an ever-increasing number of recruiters feel that graphical / visual / audio resumes have an edge over plain text resumes – prompting emergence of job-portals such as


which inspired me to come-up with my own


( it is easy to be inspired, but , at the age of 77 , difficult to implement ! )

With regards

hemen parekh

Mumbai -- India