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Project #3: Resume and Cover Letter
For this assignment, you will create a resume and cover letter for a specific job or
internship. Think of this as an opportunity to develop a cover letter and resume
that you might actually be able to use now or after you graduate.
Remember that resumes and cover letters are not simply lists of your skills and
descriptions of your qualifications. They are rhetorical in nature in that they are
arguing that you are the person for the job. These must be powerful, clear, and
These documents also are your first opportunity to showcase your
communication skills. Remember that communication and writing are very
valuable commodities in the business world. The resume and cover letter should
give the hiring manager a good first look at these skills.
A couple of things to consider about this assignment:
• You should create a new resume, one that you have not used previous to
• Your resume and cover letter should be specific to the job you are applying
to. Think about the rhetorical situation here.
• Your cover letter should not simply be a summary of your resume. You
should be able to be persuasive and innovative in your cover letter.
1. Job Posting: Choose a job posting from a jobs site such as Indeed.com,
Idealist.com, Craigslist.com, or the SDSU career web site:
(http://career.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/career/). This can be a job you are
qualified for now or an internship.
2. The Resume: Create a resume specific to the job you are applying to. This
resume should be visually appealing, free of errors, and accessible to your
3. The Cover Letter: Remember that the cover letter should bridge any gaps
that may be present in your resume and should connect to the job
description as well. We will review more on cover letters in class.
• All project components must be typed, saved, and submitted to
Blackboard. Use a font and style that you feel suit the genre and your
audience. Think carefully about this.
• Design your document to be visually appealing, scannable, and accessible.
• All assignments must be submitted on time.
• Be sure to include your job posting with your final project (you can provide
a link, a pdf of the web page with the posting, copy and paste text of
posting to Word, etc.).
• Do the resume and cover letter show adequate development?
• Are both documents designed for easy navigation and reading?
• Are the resume and cover letter free of all typos, and are they correct
• Are they sensitive to rhetorical concerns (audience, purpose and context)?
Are they persuasive?
• Do the resume and employment cover letter epitomize the purpose and
design conventions of the genres?
• Has the job posting been submitted?