Resume/Cover Letter for Introduction to Professional Writing

[This is the first assignment I give in my Introduction to Professional Writing courses. It is meant to focus students’ attention on their sense of professional ethos and on audience.]

Your first writing assignment is one of the most basic yet easily one of the most important as well. Using the directions and suggestions on the following web pages, you will produce two tailored resumes, along with their accompanying cover letters. Your resume must be accurate, and you must locate two firms where you wish to apply for a position. As Arterburn suggests, this requires some background research on your part, so that you can tailor each letter and resume to the specific firm. Please see your syllabus for due dates.

“The Advantages of a Tailored Resume” by Tom R. Arterburn

“Your Resume: General Concerns,” Purdue Online Writing Labs

“Samples” [Resumes and Cover Letters], jobweb

“Carefully Crafted Cover Letter” by Barbara Mulligan