Use a period after the initials or with abbreviations of most names.
J . C . Williams Thos . C . McGraw
Do not use a period with a nickname.
Skip Jenner Red Stocker
Use the same format that an individual uses in a signature or that a company uses on its letterhead as its official designation
Harry S Truman JCPenney
Titles, Academic Degrees, Professional Identification PP 16-10a
Use a period after an abbreviation of a person’s title.
Mrs . Ms . Mr . Dr .
Use a period after each element in the abbreviation of an academic degree or professional identification.
B.A. Ph.D. M.B.A. M.D.
Titles, Academic Degrees, Professional Identification PP 16-10b Examples Dr. Carole Bennett accepted a position as a technical writer. Sara Wong, M.D., hired Rose to work as a receptionist. Gretchen Carpenter, M.B.A., uses the Internet to post company job openings continued
Use a period after an abbreviated seniority designation.
Jason Harrison Jr . accepted a position in Nevada. Anthony Biasi III applied for an international banking position.
The Period and Geographic Locations PP 16-12 Use a period after an abbreviation of a country, state, or province unless the abbreviation appears in ZIP Code format. NC North Carolina N.C. AR Arkansas Ark. ON Ontario Ont. ZIP Code State or Standard Abbreviation Province Abbreviation
Shortened Forms of Words PP 16-13 Do not use a period after shortened words or foreign words that are not abbreviations. info information rep representative specs specifications temp temporary ad hoc for a particular purpose in re or re concerning
Use a comma before the coordinating conjunction when a subject is not expressed (but implied) in one or both clauses in an imperative sentence.
Call companies that interest you , and ask to speak to people who can give you specific information about available positions. Prepare a portfolio of your best work , and bring it with you to the interview. continued
Do not use a comma before a coordinating conjunction that joins a compound subject, predicate, object, or subject complement.
Stress educational achievements and extracurricular activities in your cover letter. Working in temporary positions will introduce you to different industries and help you discover the types of jobs available. continued
Use commas to separate words, phrases, or clauses in a series.
Include the comma before the coordinating conjunction.
Be selective when listing job duties , skills , and accomplishments on your résumé. Please bring your résumé , a sharpened pencil , and a list of references to the interview. Interviewing effectively means listening to suggestions of others , reading about interviewing , and participating in as many interviews as possible.
continued James offered vague, disorganized answers to the interview questions. Anne conducted a successful, well-organized job search. A study of successful female job hunters indicated that attention to detail is vital.
continued Being unemployed , as you can see, allowed me to return to school. Unfortunately, Jack lost his disk that contained his résumé. Group interviews , by the way, are popular with educational institutions.
Use commas to set aside a contrasting expression from the rest of the sentence. A contrasting expression often begins with the word not or never. A contrasting expression contradicts the noun or idea it follows.
The interview , not the résumé, gets you the job. The position for which Nina is interviewing is an existing position , not a new one .