Content Engineering: Resume and Cover Letter Assignment
The purpose of this assignment
is to produce and refine a professional resume and letter for your job
search. It is also to help you understand how the principles of
persuasion we studiend in advertising can be applied to the job hunt,
and how to write reader-centric job correspondence.
Monday, March 19 Bring two job ads to class that you would
actually consider applying for.
Rough Draft Due Wednesday, March 21 Bring a printed copy of your résumé and cover
letter, as well as your job ad.
Final Draft Due Friday, March 23
This will be turned in as a hard copy, at the start of class.
Staple a copy or print-out of the job ad you are applying for as well.
Find materials online (or at
resource center) for two different jobs or summer internships that
you feel you would be qualified for. Bring
these with you to class on Monday the 19th.
In Monday's Workshop
Class: Using the two job descriptions, write a one-page
journal, in paragraph or list form, in which you assess the aspects of
your own experience that should be highlighted in a application letter
and résumé for each job. You will use these notes as the basis for
class discussion. Note: This work will be done in
class. To prepare you only need to bring in the two job ads, and
do the assigned reading.
For the actual assignment:
Choose only one of the ads, and craft a résumé and cover letter as though
you were applying for the job. Remember that these documents
should be persuasive, and should target the needs of the audience (as
revealed in the job ad). Your grade will be determined partly by
how well you focus your letter and present your experience in your
résumé for the particular ad you have chosen. We will be
reviewing rough drafts of the assignment in Wednesday's class, and
turning in the final draft the following Friday.
Return to the syllabus.