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Overview of Project 3: Job Application Materials

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This is the post for January 5, 2015.

Readings for January 5

Work for January 5

  • Begin work on Project 3 by reading the assignment and doing some research/thinking to decide what project makes the most sense for you and your career.

  • Write an informal proposal and submit it by 6 PM today.

    • Use the proposal instructions to know what information to include and how to submit your proposal.

    • Write this first and with some basic details so that I can approve it quickly for you. That will give you more time to work on your project.

    • The most important advice is to do something that (1) you need/want and (2) you will be able to use.

  • Complete the quizzes on Chapters 10 and 11 by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, January 6. I’m giving you an extra day since you need to work on the proposal today. The grace period on the quizzes ends 24 hours later, at 11:59 PM on January 7.

  • If you have any questions about the assignments, email me. I will be unavailable from 12:30 to 3:30 PM (dentist’s appointment, ugh). Going to the hospital in Roanoke to visit my mom after the dentist, but I should be able to check mail on the road. If there’s a delay in responding, don’t worry. I never let my delays hurt students.


Proposal for Job Application Materials

Proposal for Job Application Materials published on

Contributes 10 Points to Your Job Application Project Grade

Calendar IconImportant Dates

  • January 5: Informal Proposal due by 6 PM
  • January 6: Grace period ends at 6 PM


File icon showing an outlineoutline the activities that you want to complete for your job application materials project Calendar icon with clockset a specific schedule and list of deliverables Award platform icon, showing first, second, and third placesuggest evaluation criteria for your job application materials

The Proposal Assignment

Write a short, informal proposal that tells me what you want to create for Project 3. Check out the Project 3 Examples for tips and some projects that will work. A rubric for the proposal will be provided in the next week.

LENGTH: Try to keep it to one to two pages. You could be a little longer if you have included a lot of charts, graphs, or other illustrations. Bottom line: include enough details for me to understand and approve your proposal, but do not add unnecessary filler.

FILE FORMAT: You can work in any word processor, as long as you can save your file as either a *.doc, a *.docx, or a *.pdf file.

STRUCTURE: Your proposal should include the following sections:

  • introduction, which explains the findings of your research and your needs (Markel, p. 283)
  • proposed tasks, that is what you propose to create for Project 3 (Markel, pp. 283–286)
  • evaluation techniques (Markel, p. 289 and more info & examples), which outlines three levels of work for Project 3:
    • Average Work ( a C project)
    • Above-Average Work (a B project)
    • Excellent Work (an A project)

SUBMISSION: Upload your file in the Assignment tool on Canvas, following these instructions:

  1. Go to Assignments in Canvas.
  2. Choose "Proposal for Job Application Materials."
  3. Click the big Submit Assignment button on the upper right. You’ll see this File Upload form:
  4. Click the Choose File button, and navigate to your proposal file. It must be a *.doc, *.docx, or *.pdf file.
  5. Skip the Comments… box (indicated by the orange arrow) for this activity, unless there is something special you need to tell me.
  6. Click the Submit Assignment button, and your proposal will be uploaded and turned in.
  7. If you need to make any changes to your plan, I will let you know in the comments on your proposal, so be sure to read the feedback that I send. I aim to have feedback to you within 24 to 36 hours.


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