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English Technical Writing

Assignment Overview
For this assignment, you will create two documents:

A Job Application
Letter

A
Résumé
ENGL2338: Technical
Writing
Department
of
English
University of Texas at
Arlington
You will need to find an
actual
job announcement that advertises a position for which
you are qualified. Search national job sites like
Monster.com
,
Employmentguide.com
,
Careerbuilder.com
, an
d
USAJobs.gov
. Also review pages 153

154 for a discussion of
various sources for finding out about a job opening.
Research the Company or Organization.
You must research the company or
organization that advertised the job announcement. You can research th
e company in a
variety of ways. For instance, you can find the company’s Website if one is available; or
you may obtain a copy of the company’s annual report; or, if you know someone who
works for that company, you can network with employees of the company
The goal here is for you to become more informed about the company in general

its
product line, its past and current successes, and its plans for future development. Ideally,
you should use some of this information to your advantage in your application l
etter. The
best application letters not only demonstrate how you are well qualified, but also show
how you can make specific contributions to the company. Remember that the chief aim
of an application letter is to help you get an interview. Your letter sho
uld persuade the
reader that you are the best applicant for the position.
Requirements for the Application Letter
Review the information on application letters in Chapter 9 and write a job application
letter with an effective introduction, body, and concl
usion. The job

application letter,
which is the first thing the reader sees, expands upon a few of the points made in the
resume. The typical letter has at least three parts, and your letter should have all of them:

Introduction
. The first paragraph establishes why you are writing to your
reader. State that you are looking for a particular position and explain why
you
would like to work at that particular company. You should also identify the
source where you find the job
opening information. Forecast the body of the
letter by stating your major qualifications for the job.

Body
. The body of the letter develops each qualification (education
and
experience) with specific evidence. The goal is to show that you know what the
em
ployer needs and that you meet the requirements. You may organize this
section around your education, around your training and experience, or around

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what the job or the company requires.

Conclusion
. You should end the letter politely and inclu
de a reference to the
enclosed resume, a request for an interview, and your phone number and e

mail
address.
Format.
Your  letter  must  meet  all  the  formatting  requirements  of  a  good  business
letter. It should use the
block format
. If possible, wr
i
te no mor
e than one page. The
letter should contain all the elements covered in Chapter 10:

Heading (sender’s
address)

Date

Inside address (full address, including title, for the person who is
addressed)

Salutation

Body text (introduction, body,
conclusion)

Complimentary closing (“Sincerely,” or “Sincerely
yours,”)

Signature

Typed
name

Enclosure notation (“Encl.
Resume”)
Requirements for the Resume
The purpose of the résumé is to describe your qualifications for work. Review the
information on résumés in Cha
pter 9 carefully and then design and write a professional
résumé.
You should create a
reverse chronological résumé
tailored for the specific job opening.
Your résumé must contain all the following elements:

Heading (full name, address, phone, and email
add
ress)

Education (schools, majors, minors, and dates of
graduation)

Work Experience (employer’s name, the position you old, and a list or description
of duties and responsibilities for each
position)

Certifications
(optional)

Interests and
Activities
(optional)
Your style should be formal. You need not use comple
te sentences, but you should use a
concise, active style and show consistency in expression from section to section. When
making lists, be sure to use the
parallel structure
(They should match one another in
tense and form).

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Submission

Combine all documents (letter and resume) into ONE WORD FILE and submit via
Unicheck
. No assignments will be accepted over
email.

Required title for Word file: your last
name

letter

resume. For example, my file
name should be:
Pearman

letter

resume.docx.

See Course Calendar for important due
dates.
Evaluation Rubrics

Completeness (10 pts)
: The job application package is complete, containing one
application letter and one
tailored résumé. Each document is complete and contains
all required elements as stated in the
handout.

Relevance (20 pts)
: The letter and résumé are tailored to the specific job for which
you are “applying” and include information
relevant
to that job. Th
e
information
included makes clear why you are qualified for the job.

Résumé Design (20 pts):
The résumé is clean and well organized. The use of space
is uniform and well considered. The font and type size are easy to read. Different
levels of headings are
used consistently to demarcate different levels and
categories.

Writing Style (10 pts)
: The description of job duties and responsibilities at
each
position include vivid,
concrete, action verbs
(in past tense if you no longer hold
the position). The
verbs are in parallel structure. The style and tone are formal.
Paragraphs utilize effective topic sentences.

Format (20 pts):
The letter and résumé are each formatted correctly following the
specified guidelines in Chapter 9 and
10.

Grammar and Mechanics
(20 pts):
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation
are
correct.
Employers impose strict standards of correctness on job application
materials. Accordingly, I will mark this assignment on a stricter scale than usual in
terms of correctness. If any letter or resum
e contains a
single
typographical or
grammatical error, you cannot receive an A on this assignment.
Warning Again
st Copying from Online Job Application Materials!
While you can find unlimited samples of job application materials on the Internet, do not
attempt to copy from those samples. The point of this assignment is for you to learn how
to compose a letter and cr
eate a resume to persuade your audience to give you an
interview.
Therefore, it is NOT acceptable to
copy sentences, paragraphs, or
descriptions of work experience you found elsewhere.
You may use the format of a sample resume, but not any of its content.
If you copy sentences, paragraphs, or descriptions of work experience you found in
online samples,
Unicheck
will detect and report the copied content. In this case,
you cannot get a 70 or above on this assignment, even if you cite the sources.

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