Although you will not actually submit the materials, you should treat this assignment as a real-world experience (i.e. treat this assignment as if you were actually applying for the job). It is important to remember to tailor the résumé and cover letter to the specific requirements outlined in the job advertisement. This means that you will want to carefully examine the job ad to determine what specific qualities and attributes are requested of potential applicants.
Keep in mind that this assignment is intended to be a persuasive document; you are trying to convince a prospective employer that you are the right person for the job. To do so, you will need to show how your work and academic experiences fit the position you’re applying for. Be sure to provide concrete evidence that shows your relevant skills and abilities (i.e. don’t just tell your readers that you are motivated and work well with others, for example—show them by providing specific details that illustrate your motivation and collaborative abilities).
Be sure to save both documents (cover letter and résumé) as a single Word file or as an .rtf file.
Format and Length:
The cover letter should be single spaced (double space between paragraphs) using standard business letter format, and include your address, the date, and the address of the company you’re applying to, along with a salutation and closing. The letter should be no longer than one page.
The résumé can be formatted in many different ways, so your formatting decisions will be up to you. What’s important is to ensure that the document effectively emphasizes the relevant skills and qualities specified in the job ad, and that the document makes it easy for your readers to quickly absorb the material. The résumé should be no longer than two pages.
A Note on Professional Appearance:
This assignment requires particular attention to grammatical and syntactical correctness.Proofread carefully! Any typos, misspelled words or grammatical errors severely hinder your chances of getting a job interview, which is the entire purpose of a résumé and cover letter, and so will also impact your grade on the assignment.
To Submit Your Assignment:
Complete the documents in your word processor and save them as a single Word (or .rtf) file. Name the file using your first initial and full last name, and the letters “res” (example: pmadachyres.doc).Submit the assignment in Blackboard in the Paper Assignments folder of the Course Content section. (For more on how to do this, click on the “Blackboard How To’s” button on the navigation bar.)
You must submit a copy of the job advertisement with your final draft. If you found the job ad online, you may send me the hyperlink to that ad; if the ad comes from a print source (such as a newspaper), you need to copy the ad into the “comments” box when you submit the assignment.
Due Date:See syllabus