For this assignment you will write a one to two page cover letter to be turned in to your instructor as described below.
Find an advertisement from a publication (newspaper, magazine, trade journal) or the Internet for a position in which you have some interest. As a last resort, you may write your own ad if you cannot find an appropriate one. Write a cover letter applying for that position. Be sure that the assertions you make about yourself are true, backed up by adequate concrete evidence and clearly linked to attributes required for the job. Moreover, make sure that they effectively position and differentiate you as a strong candidate for the position.
Correct spelling, punctuation and grammar are crucial to projecting a credible image of yourself. Some companies indicate that they discard letters with errors, eliminating the applicants. Such errors will also affect your grade for this assignment. You are allowed and encouraged to get help in proofreading your cover letter. Non-native speakers of English are particularly encouraged to seek such help.
Due Date: Week 5
Grade Weight: 10%
Criteria for Grading:
Strategy: Is the letter appropriate for and targeted to the job and company described? Have you stressed what you can do for the company rather than what the company can do for you? Have you identified key selling points that differentiate and position you as a strong candidate for the job targeted? Does the letter display uniqueness and originality?
Structure and development: Does the introduction provide an overview of the contents of the letter and pique the interests of the reader? Is the arrangement of points effective? Have you provided concrete evidence to support your selling points? Does your last paragraph outline “next steps” as appropriate?
Document design, clarity and correctness: Have you used correct business letter format? Are your key selling points easily accessible to a rapid reader? Are the paragraphs coherent and the sentences concise? Is the letter free from spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes? Is the tone appropriate—confident, polite and businesslike?