Employment Portfolio Assignment

OVERVIEW:

This assignment asks you to find a job you are interested in--a job for which you are now qualified or one for which you hope to be qualified after graduation.  You may use newspaper advertisements, the web, personal contacts, or other sources of information to find the job, but it must be an actual position for which a company or organization is currently hiring.  You will develop an employment portfolio targeted to that job, consisting of a resume, a job application letter or other preliminary contact letter, and a thank-you letter or follow-up letter.
 

WORK DUE:

  1. A resume and a GRACE analysis memo (1-2 pages) on the resume, in which you analyze the writing situation and explain your choices to me.
  2. A job application letter or other preliminary contact letter such as a request for an informational interview and a GRACE analysis memo (1-2 pages) on the letter, in which you analyze the writing situation and explain your choices to me.  Attach a copy of the job advertisement to this memo.
  3. A follow-up letter or other employment letter, such as a thank-you for an interview, a follow-up query, a letter of acceptance or refusal, request for a reference, etc.
You will write rough drafts of all the components of the employment portfolio.  In group conferences we will develop revision strategies for the drafts.


PART ONE OF THE EMPLOYMENT PORTFOLIO: RESUME

A resume is an easy-to-skim overview of an applicant's work experience, training, and credentials.  Keys to a successful resume include factual information, effective organization, and readable format.  For this assignment your resume must reflect your actual experience and education, not fictional information or credentials you hope to attain some day.  (You may hope to go on for an MBA degree some day, but for now, work with what you have.)

Here is a start on your GRACE analysis for the resume:


PART TWO OF THE EMPLOYMENT PORTFOLIO: APPLICATION LETTER

The letter of application documents your application for a particular job. It introduces you to the reader, summarizes your best qualifications,  provides effective arguments, and asks for an interview.   For this assignment, you must find an actual job opening, one for which you are currently qualified.  You may use a variety of sources: classified advertisements in newspapers, job postings on the web, personal contacts, information from WVU sources or elsewhere regarding internships, or other sources.  You must attach a copy of the advertisement or job description to your GRACE analysis on the letter.

Here is a start on your GRACE analysis for the letter:


PART THREE OF THE EMPLOYMENT PORTFOLIO: THANK-YOU LETTER OR FOLLOW-UP LETTER

A follow-up letter lets you ask about your application if you haven't heard anything after two weeks or more.  A thank-you letter after an interview is a good way to remind your prospective employer of who you are, as well as being polite.  Other types of employment letters include acceptance or refusal letters.  For example, if you refuse an offer, you may still want to maintain contact with the organization, with an eye toward the future.  For this assignment, write a brief follow-up letter or other type of letter as you think most appropriate for the situation.  Include a brief GRACE analysis explaining the situation and your choices to me.


EVALUATIVE CRITERIA:

Evaluative criteria for the resume:

Evaluative criteria for the letters: