Keenly interested in joining / working

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Hi to everyone.
I'm writing an email for an application and I'm not sure about this sentence I've just written:

"I'm keenly interested in working for your company".

I was wondering if the expression "keenly interested" is correct or it's a repetition.

I am undecided between:
a. "I'm keenly interested in working for your company".
b. "I'm keenly interested in joining your company".
Are these two sentences the same? Or is one more formal than the other?

Thanks to all
  • Benton

    English UK
    1. "Keenly" is an adverb of manner limiting "interested". It is not a repetition and is correct English. "Keenly" expresses your great interest as being somewhat greater than "very".
    As your application is on a formal subject, however, I suggest you omit the contraction and say "I am.."
    2. "a" is more specific than "b" and is therefore to be preferred.


    Senior Member
    British English
    I'd say the choice of 'a' or 'b' comes down to personal preference, and perhaps how you perceive the ethos of the company.

    If it is to be a strict employer-employee relationship, then yes, a is more specific. 'Joining' might imply more commitment than 'working for', and might be sound better to a company who place an emphasis on team work, etc.

    At the end of the day though, there is probably going to be little difference in how someone reads either wording.
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