English 402: Technical and Professional Writing
     Instructor: Bryan Fry
     Office: Avery 371
     Office Hours: By Appointment

     Job Application Portfolio Assignment (see rubric)


The letter and resume you have composed are targeted for a particular audience—the employer you would like to work for. Your Job Application Assignment Portfolio is targeted for a different audience—your teacher. As the final step in the job application assignment you must prepare a portfolio of all the materials you have processed during the course of the assignment (daily assignments, drafts, and other materials).


This Portfolio must be professional-looking and contained in a folder of your choice (please do not place it in a bulky three-ringed binder). The materials must be organized in an easy-to-understand manner that will convince the teacher that you have put thought and care into preparing the Portfolio. The letter and resume are a part of this Portfolio and your grade will be largely based on those documents, but the impression you create with the Portfolio will influence the grade as well. Your job ad must be included in the Portfolio.

     Letter of Transmittal

In addition to including the application letter, resume, and all assignment materials you have processed, the Portfolio must be accompanied by a Letter of Transmittal. The purpose of this type of letter is outlined on page 194 of your textbook. In addition to what is indicated in your textbook, this letter must include a brief reflective section in which you consider the process you went through to compose these documents, any difficulties you might have encountered during the process, and what you learned along the way. You may also want to comment on what further work you might need to do to make your job application materials even more effective. Please address your letter to Mr. Fry, use appropriate letter formatting, and utilize one full page.

     Order of the Portfolio

1. Letter of Transmittal
2. Job Ad
3. Letter
4. Resume
5. All other materials (appropriately organized to illustrate the development of the unit--organization of this part of the Portfolio is up to you)

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