Cover Letter/Personal Statement


Cover Letter/Personal Statement: For a specific job posting, write a cover letter that expresses your interest in a position. This should state your goals, your strengths in the field, your knowledge of the company and your appropriateness for the position. Make sure this is thoroughly edited and professionally formatted. You must be applying to the same posting you chose in step 1. You must demonstrate that you have carefully read and analyzed the job posting, responding to and mirroring their tone, wording, values, and jargon in your own letter.


Self-Analysis of Strategy: This is a writing exercise that is intended to articulate your goals, principles, and expectations for how your resume and cover letter would be received when submitted. This is not a document that you would submit to an employer. The GOAL of the document is to analyze the rhetorical strategies you employed in the writing, design, and submission of your application materials. This is a short analysis essay that should address* the following:

o Discussion of the assumptions and expectations of your audience based on a textual reading of your job posting and light research of the company.

o Decisions of wording, description, and organization of cover letter.

o Decisions of design of resume.

o Discussion of rhetorical strategies and appeals you are attempting to use to persuade your audience.


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