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Tips to Get Your Writing Sample Right for a Job Application

By Margot Carmichael Lester, Monster Contributing Writer

In today's competitive job market, applicants for many positions -- even those not related directly to writing -- are required to submit writing samples at some point during the interview process.

Don't let this request stress you out -- even if you're not a strong writer. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about writing samples for a job that will help you develop and/or select just the right samples.

What Kind of Writing Sample Should I Submit?

Follow any instructions the employer provides -- that's part of the assessment process, says Diane Samuels, a career coach and image consultant in New York City. "If you have any concerns, it's best to ask questions," she says. "It shows that you are proactive in seeking advice before moving too far ahead with an assignment, which in a real-life job situation can save time, money and energy."

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