Job Application Packet final draft
For this assignment, you will create one document that has two items:
- A Job Application Letter
- A RÃ©sumÃ©
You will need to research job leads to find an actual job announcement that advertises a position for which you are qualified. Search national job sites like Monster.com, Indeed.com, Careerbuilder.com, and USAJobs.gov.
Research the Company or Organization. You must research the company or organization that advertised the job announcement. You can research the company in a variety of ways. For instance, you can find the companyâ€™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 generalâ€”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 letter. 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 should 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 conclusion. The job-application letter, which is the first thing the reader sees, expands upon a few of the points made in the rÃ©sumÃ©. 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 employer needs and that you meet the requirements. You may organize this section around your education, around your training and experience, or around what the job or the company requires.
- Conclusion. You should end the letter politely and include a reference to the enclosed rÃ©sumÃ©, a request for an interview, and your phone number and e-mail address.
Your letter must meet all of the formatting requirements of a good business letter. It should use the block format. If possible, wrote no more than one page. The letter should contain all of the elements covered in the chapter about letters.
- Heading (senderâ€™s address)
- Inside address (full address, including title, for the person who is addressed)
- Body text (introduction, body, conclusion)
- Complimentary closing (“Sincerely,” or “Sincerely yours,”)
- Typed name
- Enclosure notation (â€œEncl. RÃ©sumÃ©â€)
Requirements for the RÃ©sumÃ©
The purpose of the rÃ©sumÃ© is to describe your qualifications for work. Review the information on rÃ©sumÃ©s in the textbook carefully and then design and write a professional rÃ©sumÃ©.
You should create either a functional or reverse chronological rÃ©sumÃ© tailored for the specific job opening. If you have limited job experience, a gap in experience or are changing careers, you must create a functional rÃ©sumÃ©. If you have mid-level experience and beyond, you must create a chronological rÃ©sumÃ©.
A functional rÃ©sumÃ© should be no longer than one page, and a chronological rÃ©sumÃ© with over 15-20 years of experience can be two pages, and both must contain all of the following elements:
- Heading (full name, address, phone, and email address)
- Education (schools, majors, minors, and dates of graduation; omit high school education unless it is a specialized high school)
- Work Experience (employerâ€™s name, the position you old, and a list or description of duties and responsibilities for each position)
- Certifications (optional)
- Interests and Activities (optional)
DO NOT write an objective statement or include “References Available Upon Request” (Employers assume your objective–to get a job–and also indicate if they want references)
Your style should be formal. You need not use complete 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).
- Failure to use a functional format when you have limited experience, a gap in employment, or are changing careers will result in 10-point deduction
- You can use specialized descriptive 2-3 word phrases or single words in your documents (copy/pasting an external source’s sentences, sentence fragments, job descriptions will result in the assignment turned over to the Office of Student Conduct for an academic integrity violation)
- Copyedit, copyedit, and copyedit again–read your work out loud, verbally to hear errors. Have a friend find errors.
- Make sure to include the website URL in the comment to instructor box available via Canvas so that the coaches/instructor can view the job announcement (Failure to include a working URL will result in a 5-point deduction)
Submission Instructions (Final Draft)
- Submit via Unicheck in Canvas. No assignments will be accepted over email. Assignments incorrectly posted or submitted to the wrong location in Canvas will receive a 10-point deduction
- Required title for final version: your last name-job application. (Failure to properly title your file name will result in a 5-point deduction)
- Submit the document as a PDF. You will only be able to submit a PDF.
Note: Academic Integrity
While you can find unlimited samples of job application or job description materials on the internet, DO NOT attempt to copy those from those samples. The point of this assignment is for you to learn how to compose a letter and create a resume to persuade your audience to give you an interview. Therefore, it is NOT acceptable to copy phrases, fragments, sentences, paragraphs or descriptions of past work experience you found elsewhere.
You may use a template for the formatting of the documents.
If you copy phrases, fragments, sentences, paragraphs or descriptions of past work experience you found in online examples, you cannot get a 70 or above on this assignment, even if you cite the sources–and if you fail to cite the sources, this assignment will be turned over to the Office of Student Conduct for an academic integrity violation.
DEADLINE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25