So here I am taking an online class. I don’t particularly trust myself when I comes to online classes, though. It was thanks to ‘online math tests’ that I ended up in the lowest rung of Arizona State University’s Mathematics course-line. Leading to an extra year or so worth of extra math. Online math homework is just devilish when it comes being exactly right with your answers, most notably was that of the infamous ‘Mastering’ online homework. Finally, there is the undeniable fact that it is rather easy to overlook work for an online class. With the only real ‘due dates’ being when to do an assignment, or particular writing in the weekly forums. Sadly, this year did not give me the liberty of choice in this matter, so now here I am writing blog posts as part of a requirement for Technical Writing Course 401 (Hereafter Referred to as: TWC 401). A pleasure to meet you.
The first major piece of coursework for TWC 401 was to write a Resume and a Cover Letter to go with it, for an actual job listing that students had to hunt on their own. To help us with this task, the professor assigned us readings from the textbook, arguably a teacher of it’s own without a classroom for these online classes. The readings were on the very same topic of Writing a Resume and Cover Letter. Probably the biggest thing I got out of the readings was how to properly arrange your resume. It has to look nice and neat, and make maximum use of available word-space whilst not seeming overwhelming. Luckily – maybe, I didn’t have to think too hard about what to fit in or not, twas more of a matter of digging under every nook and cranny of what applicable things I could put down, and wording accordingly.
The next major part of the assignment was the Cover Letter. A letter which addresses the potential employer and tells why the writer is qualified for a position. The cover letter itself is meant to compliment the Resume, which adds a bit of meat and humanity to the fancy looking list of qualifications known as a resume.
The resume’s format was wholly inspired by examples and guidelines established by the book. Looking at the textbook’s examples made the whole construction of the set of documents seem formulaic, which was completely fine from my point of view. After an evening of hard work, the set was successfully turned before the due date. Maybe the hardest part of the assignment for me was looking for the ‘job posting’ that the Resume and the Cover Letter was supposed be written for. This was simply done by going to: www.monster.com
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