Here's a quick index to the resources you'll find on this page:
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS UNIT
- Check out the resources on the ENGL 105: Employment Writing Page
- Read pages 369-418 in Thill and Bovee (Chapters 15-16; 3rd ed.)
- Read the employment articles on E-SPAN's Interactive Employment Network.
- Write a summary that compares the advice from the textbook and on-line resources.
- Find a specific job advertisement (on line or in the newspaper) that interests you.
- Write a set of context notes in which you analyze the audience and your writing strategies for responding to the job ad that you've chosen.
- Write a cover letter in which you apply for that job.
- Write a resume.
WRITING ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE EMPLOYMENT PORTFOLIO
1. EVALUATIVE MEMO
After reading the sections on employment writing in the textbook and viewing the resources gathered on the Employment Writing Page for this course, generate a concise 2 page (single spaced) summary that explains your conclusions about three categories:
- the type and quantity of information provided in the textbook and on the WWW;
- the quality of information in the textbook and on the WWW;
- the ease of accessing the information in each medium.
You may want to include a set of recommendations for future business writing students. Use a memo format, addressed to me.
Continue to analyze the writing task and your strategies for response. In this case, I want you to tell me what assumptions you are making about who will read your resume and cover letter, and how you are using language and format to reach that audience. I expect these notes to be about a page in length. To help you develop your analysis, you may want to refer to the guiding questions for context notes.
Remember, a resume for a new graduate should run about one page. (Your readers may not spend more than a few seconds on it.) Because you may not yet have a lot of work experience, a section on Education will probably come first. You may want to review the textbook and the on-line resources for ideas about content and presentation. You will find that some word processing programs include resume formats. Consider all the options. I recommend that you write a variation of the chronological resume shown on p. 380, which leads with your education. Despite the book's advice about when to use different types of resumes , this is the most traditional format and, thus, a good bet if you are undecided. If you decide to use a different format, that's OK--just explain why in your context notes.
4. COVER LETTER
Your cover letter should also be about one page long. Try to address a specific person as you highlight items from your resume. You may want to take a look at E-SPAN's article on telephone tips for some ideas for networking and following up on an application.
Print a hard copy of the evaluative memo, the context notes, the cover letter, and the resume. Turn everything in by 11:30 a.m. on the date specified on the syllabus. Include the ad to which you responded and any drafts.