Bad News Message
Compose a bad news message based on the following scenario. You will need to add your own imagined details to the messages. Be sure to include the main features of indirect writing: buffering, low-impact placement of the bad news, subordination, passive voice, and a goodwill close. In other words, use the indirect approach by beginning with a subject line that does not reveal the bad news but is neutral; then continue by composing a buffer statement. Next, reveal the bad news in a subordinate clause (which our textbook refers to as a “dependent clause” – it means the same) and in the passive voice. End with a goodwill closing. Compose the assignment as a bad-news memo, not as a letter – But use the memo format (Subject, Date, To, From) as if you were composing an email to them. Scenario# Unsuccessful Candidate: Your company recently interviewed two candidates for the position of team assistant, but the more qualified one has been hired. Compose a bad-news message in which you inform the other candidate that he will not be hired (you will need to invent one or more reasons). There may be short-term positions available within the next two months, and your supervisor mentioned this might be a good alternative for the unsuccessful candidate. Write a message to the candidate delivering the bad news.
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