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Project 5: Applying for That Job

Attached you will find a PowerPoint presentation (both as a pptx and pdf file) containing the sixth project. You will find and evaluate a job description, write a resume and cover letter, create a LinkedIn profile, and create a personal business card.

Possible points: 100 points

You will need to have read Chapter 12 to complete this assignment.

You will submit a copy of the actual job description, the evaluation worksheet, resume, cover letter, a PDF copy of your LinkedIn profile, and personal business card using this link.

All final drafts must be typed and computer-generated.

When looking for a job, first impressions cannot be stressed enough. Before you even get to make a personal impression, you will be judged based on your application and its accompanying documents. Chapter 12 discusses how to prepare those documents as well as for an interview.


Chronological résumés


  • Traditional; acceptable
  • Can show a steady progression toward the career you seek. Disadvantages:
  • Special capabilities or accomplishments may get lost in chronological detail.
  • Holes in employment or educational history show up clearly.

Functional résumés


  • Highlights the experiences that show you at your best.
  • Extracurricular experiences show up well. Disadvantages:
  • Difficult for reader to discern a steady progression of work and education.

Formatting the résumé

To emphasize qualifications, organize information, and provide ease of reading:

  • Vary type and spacing.
  • Use wide margins and white space for ease of reading.
  • Use distinctive headings and subheadings.
  • Format with two-column spread.
  • Use boldface headings.
  • Use Arial 12-point type for headings; Times 10-point type for text. WARNING: Avoid being overly complex or using decorative formatting.

Write follow-up letters

  1. if after two weeks you have received no answer to your letter of application;
  2. after an interview;
  3. if a company fails to offer you a job; and
  4. to accept or refuse a job.

What to bring to the interview

  • résumé;
  • portfolio of work, if appropriate;
  • pen and notebook;
  • list of references;
  • business card.

Likely Job Interview Questions

  • What can you tell me about yourself?
  • What are you strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you want to be doing five years from now?

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