***PART 1: Job Application Packet***
First, find a job description or advertisement for a position that interests you. This should be a REAL JOB advertised on a company’s website or through employment websites like Monster.com or Indeed.com. You might choose a job you’re qualified for now, or you might choose an internship or apprenticeship program to pursue in a year or so. [NOTE: if you prepare your documents for a position you want in the future, BE SURE to date your letter for that time.] Don’t forget to SAVE a copy of the job description.
Read the ad carefully so you understand the rhetorical situation . Who’s your primary audience? What does this employer want? Can you show you are the best candidate for this job? Will you need references?
Prepare a résumé that outlines your education, experience, and other qualifications. Your résumé should be tailored to this position, demonstrating why your combination of skills make you the best candidate. Don’t include information that isn’t relevant for the position.
Prepare a cover letter (or letter of application) addressed to an appropriate point of contact. Your letter should follow standard formatting guidelines, avoid errors in grammar and mechanics, and adopt an appropriate tone. Show convincing proof of your qualifications and tailor your experience to the job.
***PART 2: Writing Skills in Your Career Field***
What career do you imagine for yourself after you finish college, or what would your ideal career be after you graduate? Even if you haven’t declared a specific major, choose a field that you think you might be interested in working in.
Once you decide on a career field, do research to answer these questions, “what kind of writing will you need to do in your career? How are writing skills important in your career field?”
Find three reputable sources and use information from those sources to write an essay of at least 800 words including the Works Cited page to provide advice about the writing skills and types of writing in this career to other people interested in pursuing the career.