Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview
This assignment demands the development of a coordinated persuasive strategy aimed at
facilitating a successful entry into the job market.
The completion of these assignments
will help you develop a deeper, more objective understanding and appreciation of your
value to the marketplace and an ability to articulately communicate that value.
Develop and refine a
Select an organizational and format
strategy that effectively highlights your strengths and potential.
one-page letter of application
based on an actual – and current –
internship or job advertisement or announcement.
(The ad you select must have
descriptive information regarding the position.)
Obviously, you may not present
materials tailored to a job you already have or have had in the past.
Do not modify your background or abilities.
You may apply for a position
requiring some qualification you do not have, but you must sell yourself in the
cover letter such that a prospective employer would be inclined to interview you
Be sure to tailor your cover letter to the qualifications outlined in the ad.
Bring three copies each of the ad, your cover letter, and your resume to class on
Thursday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 26, for workshop.
Turn in your resume, cover letter, and ad in class on Thursday, February 4. (Turn
in 2 copies of each.)
Prepare to be interviewed for the position.
place in the Popovich ELC on Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, and on
Saturday, March 6. Bring a clean, readable copy of your signed cover letter, your
resume, and the ad to your interview. The interviewer will base her/his
questioning on your cover letter and resume but will also ask general interview
Be punctual and dress professionally.
Within two weeks of receiving your mock interview evaluation in class, watch
your taped interview in Crocker Library (2
Write a short
which includes a paragraph discussing your areas for improvement, a
paragraph discussing your strengths, and a paragraph discussing what you gained
from the experience.