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The Job Search

ENG 240
Dr. Helfers
 Planning (know the organization to which you apply, as well as
your own interests and skills)
 Drafting (what type of resume—chronological or skills? The cover
The Process letter)
 Revising
 Editing All text should be perfect
(grammar, format, language)
 Proofreading
 Employees who are
 Honest
 Hard-working
What do  Technically competent

employers 

Skilled at problem-solving
Able to work effectively alone or in teams
want?  Willing to share information
 Willing to learn

 Consider yourself (not the position you currently hold) a brand

 Consider the characteristics employers want, and for 10 minutes,
brainstorm (electronically or on paper) about activities you have
done, either educationally or professionally, that are evidence of the
characteristics on the previous slides.
 Building your brand:
 Research what others have done
Your Brand  Tell the truth
 Communicate professionally
 Describe your job skills
 Focus on problem-solving and accomplishments
 Participate actively online
 (10 minutes) Google yourself (put your full name in quotations, or
any variations you use online). Check your social media accounts.
 Does your online presence involve any of the following?
What is Your 

Provocative or unprofessional photos or text
Photos or text showing drug or alcohol use
Online  Poor writing
Presence? 

Negative comments about current or former employers
Discriminatory comments about race, gender, or religion
 Lies about your credentials

 If so, take steps to correct or delete these later

 The text’s suggestions for a strong online presence:
 Create a personal website and portfolio*
 Participate in LinkedIn
 Participate on Facebook
Creating a  Participate on Twitter
Strong Online  Create a business card
 Create and practice an “elevator pitch” (20 seconds or less long).
Presence  (10 minutes) Write out an elevator pitch.
 Practice on your neighbor (he or she should time you)
1.Locate a job posting for a job you want in the future. Copy and
paste the job posting you found into your final document. Be
sure to cite the job posting.
2.Write a 250-300-word cover letter, addressing the posting you
3.Create a résumé using current skills, education, and
experience (your current listing of skills, education, and
experience may not meet requirements).
Assignment 2:  In 250-500 words, analyze where your current skills, education,
and experiences are now against where they need to be to
Résumé and qualify for the job.
Cover Letter  While GCU style format is not required for the body of this
assignment, solid academic writing is expected.
 This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to
beginning the assignment to become familiar with the
expectations for successful completion.
 You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please
refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.
 Do a self-inventory (10 minutes)
 What are your strengths and weaknesses (technical, personal, and
 What subjects do you like?
 What kind of organization would you like to work for?
Planning the  What are your geographical preferences?
Job Search  Learn about potential employers
 Study websites
 Do informational interviews
 Attend job fairs
 Find out about trends in your field
 Identifying Information
 Summary Statement
 Education
 Degree
 Institution, with location
 Date of graduation
 Information about other schools attended

The Elaborate on education (?) [GPA, list of courses, special accomplishment, honors and
 Employment History [dates of employment, organization name/location, position
Chronological and title]
 Selected details [skills, equipment, money, documents, personnel, clients]
Résumé  Use strong action verbs (Technical Communication, page 401)
 Non-professional positions in special section
 Interests and activities [community service, hobbies related to professional
interests, sports, university-sanctioned activities]
 Other elements [computer skills, languages, military service, willingness to
 References [optional on résumé itself]
 A skills résumé includes most of the elements, but adds a section:
Skills or Skills and Abilities.
The Skills
 The Employment History becomes a brief list of information about
Résumé your employment history: dates of employment, employer name
and location, and positions.
 Think about purpose and audience
 Audience: Personnel/Human Resources Department
 Purpose: to persuade the company to grant you an interview by
highlighting key aspects of your education and experience, and by
expressing knowledge of and interest in the company and its
Cover/ business.
Application  Letters generally focus on a determinate and specific objective
 One page long
Letters  Perfect in spelling, grammar, and information
 Precise expression of ethos and enthusiasm

 Analysis: Page 417, Exercise 4. In groups of three, post a memo from

all of you in the September 23 forum.
 Do your homework:
 Study job interviews
 Study the organization
The Interview  Think about what you can offer the organization
 Study (and consider answers to) common interview questions
 Compile a list of questions you wish to ask
 Rehearse the interview
 Letter or e-mail? (mirror medium of communication)
 After the interview, write either a letter or an e-mail of appreciation
(thanks for the time, emphasize particular qualifications, restate
interest and interesting focus of conversation)
 Job Acceptance Letter (express appreciation, show enthusiasm,
repeat major terms of employment)
 Job Rejection Letter (express appreciation, if appropriate, explain
Communications reasons for rejection)
 Acknowledging a Rejection (maintain good relations, thank for
 Finally, the text has some important checklists at the end of the
chapter: Technical Communication, p. 416 (456 of the PDF), and
examples of letter formats on p. 366 (406 of the PDF).