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I kind of feel like the first comma in the sentence below should be a semi-colon. Does anything else in there read funny?

As you’ll see in my enclosed resume, I have the educational background, professional experience and track record for which you are searching.

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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, Mark Beadles, MετάEd, Kris, StoneyB Oct 21 '12 at 17:22

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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I would go with:

As you’ll see in my enclosed resume, I have the educational background, professional experience and track record you are looking for.

  • The clauses in this sentence are not "independent enough" to warrant a semicolon.
  • The "for which" sounds a bit complicated.
  • "look for" (make sure, ascertain, anticipate or expect) is better than "a search"
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How about "track record you seek"? –  moioci Sep 8 '10 at 15:46
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There's a simple rule regarding semicolons: they are used instead of full stops. Can you put a full stop in this sentence? No. Hence, no semicolon!

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I kind of feel like the first comma in the sentence below should be a semi-colon.

You think it should be

As you’ll see in my enclosed resume; I have the educational background, professional experience and track record for which you are searching.

? No, that is definitely wrong, that should not be a semicolon.

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