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2 Paragraphs, 1 page: I attached instructions… APA format (SEE EMAIL FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS IF NECESSARY)
 
Paragraph 1
 
Background
 
You’ve applied for a specific job in your field of study (engineering). The Human Resources Department
 
arranges an interview and tells you to bring with you a polished piece of writing for them to evaluate your
 
writing skills. The paragraph must describe one particular experience you’ve had that inspired you or guided
 
you to choose the type of position for which you applied.
 
Your audience is your potential employer and your purpose is to show you have thought carefully
 
about what and/or who has motivated you toward this career choice and why. In addition, you want
 
to convey your enthusiasm for this position as it relates to your inspiring experience. Take time to
 
think about what your audience wants to know and strive to reach a balance between informal and
 
formal business writing.
 
 
Paragraph 2
 
Background
 
Your favorite cousin has moved to your town and is looking for a job. Her previous experiences are
 
working as a cashier and sales clerk at two department stores. You know she plans to apply at similar
 
stores in your town. But you also know she is a perfect match for a job opening as a reliable assistant
 
to your boss. You know she has the skills, though she doesn’t think she is as capable as she is, and
 
you’re sure she’d be good at this job.
 
Your goal is to persuade your cousin to apply for the job. You e-mail her a paragraph explaining the
 
specifics of the job and the reasons she should apply. You want to convince her that she has the job
 
skills required. You’ll use an informal tone, of course, but will take care to use correct business writing
 
to show her that you take your recommendation seriously.
 
Process
 

  1. Using your imagination, create the kind of skills the job as boss’s assistant requires. Make up

 
names for your boss and the company, as well as any facts that might help you prove your case
 
to your cousin. Freewrite about the skills you’ve seen her show in other settings and about how
 
you can convince her to use those abilities in this position. In addition, consider personality traits
 
that show she would work well with your boss. Also make up details and figures about how this
 
job will benefit your cousin personally and professionally.
 

  1. Circle the information your cousin most needs to hear to be persuaded to apply for this job. You

 
won’t be able to use everything you made up. Organize the details and explanation using an order
 
of importance pattern.

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