The University of Texas at Arlington Resume and Job Application Letter Paper

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Job Application Packet

For this assignment, you will create two documents:

  • A Job Application Letter
  • A Résumé

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 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 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 résumé. 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 résumé, a request for an interview, and your phone number and e-mail address.

Format

Your letter must meet all of the formatting requirements of a good business letter. It should use block format, as illustrated on page 149. Write no more than one page. The letter should contain all of the elements covered in the chapter about letters.

  1. Heading (sender’s address)
  2. Date
  3. Inside address (full address, including title, for the person who is addressed)
  4. Salutation
  5. Body text (introduction, body, conclusion)
  6. Complimentary closing (“Sincerely,” or “Sincerely yours,”)
  7. Signature
  8. Typed name
  9. Enclosure notation (“Encl. Résumé”)

Requirements for the Résumé

The purpose of the résumé is to describe your qualifications for work. Review the information on résumés in the textbook carefully and then design and write a professional résumé.

You should create either a functional or reverse chronological résumé 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 résumé. If you have mid-level experience and beyond, you must create a chronological résumé.

A functional résumé should be no longer than one page, and a chronological résumé with over 15-20 years of experience can be two pages, and both must contain all of the following elements:

  1. Heading (full name, address, phone, and email address)
  2. Education (schools, majors, minors, and dates of graduation; omit high school education unless it is a specialized high school)
  3. Work Experience (employer’s name, the position you old, and a list or description of duties and responsibilities for each position)
  4. Certifications (optional)
  5. 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 parallel structure (They should match one another in tense and form).

Requirements

  • 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

  • Submit via Unicheck in Canvas. No assignments will be accepted over email.
  • 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.
  • Deadlines:
    • First draft due by 11:59pm CT Friday of week 3
    • Peer review due by 11:59pm CT Sunday of week 3
    • Final draft due by 11:59pm CT Wednesday of week 4

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.

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.

Rubric

Assignment 3: Job Packet

Assignment 3: Job Packet

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCompleteness (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.

10 to >9.0 pts

Excellent

The job application package is complete (10 pts) and/or may be missing a minor element (9 pts).

9 to >7.0 pts

Good to Average

The package has at least one missing required element (8 pts) or is missing one major and one minor elements (7 pts).

7 to >5.0 pts

Poor

The package has at least two missing elements (6 pts). The package is missing three elements (5 pts).

5 to >0 pts

Dour to Grave

One of the documents is missing (0 pts).

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRelevance (10 pts): The letter and résumé are tailored to the specific job for which you are “applying” and include information relevant to that job. The information included makes clear why you are qualified for the job.

10 to >9.0 pts

Excellent

The documents are tailored to the job, include information relevant to the job, and makes clear why you are qualified for the job (10 pts). The documents are tailored to the job, may somewhat provide information relevant to the job, and somewhat indicate why you are qualified (9 pts).

9 to >7.0 pts

Good to Average

In looking at the resume and cover letter, some of the language used in the cover letter needs to more closely mirror your experiences (8 pts). It may not be entirely clear why you are qualified for the job or information included is somewhat addressed as to why you are applying (7pts).

7 to >5.0 pts

Poor

The cover letter does not make it quite clear why you are qualified for the job based upon your resume (range of 5-6 pts).

5 to >0 pts

Dour to Grave

Based upon the documents, I do not see a connection of how you are qualified (range of 0-4 pts).

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRésumé Design (29 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.

29 to >27.0 pts

Excellent

The resume is clean and well organized; the use of space is uniform; font size are easy to read; different levels of heading are used consistently (29 pts). There may be one minor error in formatting with headings or negative space or the use of CRAP (28 pts). There may be one major and one minor error (27 pts).

27 to >24.0 pts

Good to Average

There may be one major error and two minor errors (26 pts) with headings or use of CRAP; there may be two major errors (25 pts) or use of CRAP; there may be two major and one minor error (24 pts).

24 to >22.0 pts

Average

There may be two major errors and three minor errors with headings or use of CRAP (23 pts). There may be three major errors (22 pts).

22 to >0 pts

Dour to Grave

There are multiple inconsistencies with the design of the resume (range of 0-22).

29 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Style (20 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.

20 to >18.0 pts

Excellent

There are no errors (20 pts). There may be one error such as missing an action verb or verb tense usage error (19 pts). There may be two minor errors such as missing an action verb, verb tense usage and an ineffective topic sentence (18 pts).

18 to >14.0 pts

Good to Average

There may be two minor errors with style, tone or verb use (17 pts). There may be one major and one minor error (16 pts). There may be two major errors (15 pts). There may be one major and two minor errors (14 pts).

14 to >12.0 pts

Poor

There may be three minor errors with style, tone, or verb use or one major error (13 pts). There may be two major and two minor error (12 pts).

12 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

There are too many errors to the style (range of 0-12).

20 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormat (20 pts): The letter and résumé are each formatted correctly following the specified guidelines in the textbook.

20 to >18.0 pts

Excellent

There are no errors (20 pts). May be missing one minor guideline (19 pts).

18 to >14.0 pts

Good to Average

May be missing one major (17 pts), two minor guidelines (16 pts), one major and one minor (15 pts), two major (14 pts).

14 to >12.0 pts

Poor

May be missing two major (13 pts) or three minor guidelines (12 pts).

12 to >0 pts

Dour to Grave

There are too many missing guidelines (range of 0-11).

20 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar and Mechanics (11 pts): Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct. Employers impose strict standards of correctness on job application materials. Accordingly, your coach will mark this assignment on a stricter scale than usual in terms of correctness. If any letter or resume contains a single typographical or grammatical error, you cannot receive an A on this assignment.

11 pts

Professional Quality

There are no errors.

0 pts

Unacceptable

There is one or more errors.

11 pts

Total Points: 100

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