Writing 2121F/G Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Cover Letter

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13 Aug 2016
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WRITING 2121G: Writing for MIT
Week 6
Feb 11
Letters of Application – Resume
Find a real job ad that requires some university education
Suggestions:
oIndeed
oCHIN
Read the ad carefully
What is on their “must list” and “wish list”
oMust: top 3-5 items, or “required”
oWish: other items, “asset,” “preference will be given to”
oUse their ranking and match it
Cover Letter
Verbal
oEssay – introduction, indented paragraphs, conclusion
One page
11-12 pt. font
1 inch margins
Resume
2 pages
Visual
oRead at a glance
Put dates on the left
oEducation before jobs
oMost recent, then outdated
Key Categories
1) Education
2) Work experience
oWhat skills did you develop?
oWhich job do you feel you were/are best at?
oWhat skill(s) led to this success? How could you prove this?
3) Skills
4) Volunteer experience
oIf you have volunteered, what skills did you gain from the experience?
oWhat do you do in your spare time that might make you an attractive candidate for this
position?
5) Awards & distinctions
6) Languages
7) References
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