Two peer review response for business writing of resume and cover letter


For business writing with draft of resume and cover letter.Will give you outline to check the point of the resume and cover letter, then write down the response.Here is the check point outline:RESUMEEFFECTIVE FORMAT1) Does the resume have adequate white space, a consistent font, clear headings, simple contrasting formatting (boldface, bullets) and appropriate font size (11 or 12, mostly), for ease of reading? If not, make suggestions for improvement.COMPLETENESS2) Read the job/internship posting. Does the writer include detailed, succinct descriptions of work, volunteer, and/or academic experience that are relevant to the posting, using KEY WORDS from the posting? (Note: This does not mean, for a software engineer position, for instance, that everything directly must relate to engineering.) If not, make suggestions for improvement.EFFECTIVE SEQUENCE & EMPHASIS3) Are the writer’s education and experience listed in either reverse chronological sequence or functional sequence? Would a different sequence work better and/or more or less detail from some roles, given the writer’s experience and the posting? Make suggestions for improvement as needed.PERSUASIVENESS4) Does the writer list specific tasks performed and positive outcomes or accomplishments for most items under Education, Experience and/or Employment, etc.? Does the resume use some of the same language as the posting for specific required or desired skills, software knowledge, etc.? If not, make suggestions for improvement.5) Would you interview the writer for the job or internship, based on the resume? If you perceive any weaknesses or omissions in the resume for the particular job posting—that is, minimum or desired qualifications the writer has not shown that they meet—make suggestions for improvement.-E.g., if the job involves international or cross-cultural work, has the writer included languages they speak, time spent abroad, course work or volunteer activity related to diversity, etc.? CLARITY, SPECIFICITY & CONCISION6) Where is there confusing or vague language? Quote at least two phrases that are, and explain why.7) Does the writer use consistent verb tense (present for current jobs, and past for past experience) and parallelism in all lists, including Skills (e.g., all nouns or all adjectives)? If not, make suggestions for improvement.8) Does the writer use spare, clear language, with active verbs? Quote one clear, concise phrase and one weaker phrase that includes wordy, inflated, vague or repetitive phrases that could be cut or condensed. EDITING & PROOFREADING9) Do you notice any grammatical errors or typos? Quote them in your comments. DO NOT CITE GRAMMATICAL ISSUES OR TYPOS UNTIL YOU REACH QUESTION 9.COVER LETTEREFFECTIVE FORMAT1) Is the letter correctly formatted? (See the assignment requirements.)2) Does the page—it should be a single page—seem full enough, or too crowded? Is there the right amount of white space?EFFECTIVE SEQUENCE AND COMPLETENESS3) Does the letter consist, as it should, of three to four paragraphs, partly following MacCrae’s guidance (Attention, Interest, Desire, Action), using KEY WORDS from the posting? If not, explain how.- Note that the first paragraph should mention the specific job/internship.- The middle paragraphs should offer “concrete and specific” evidence that the writer has the desired skills or experience (not just asserting that they have them) and also demonstrate their personal (but not too personal!) motivation and aptitude to work for the company/organization in this position. No vague enthusiasm. – The middle paragraphs are also a place to highlight key achievements that may make the writer stand out as a strong applicant (without ever making comparisons to other potential candidates).- The final paragraph should briefly reiterate the writer’s suitability for and interest in the position, and indicate their availability for an interview.MacArthurUWP 104A34) Do the middle paragraphs frontload key details/accomplishments in the first sentence or conclude paragraphs with them, rather than burying impressive accomplishments in the middle? Does each body paragraph begin with a clear connection to the posting, rather than a vague introductory or transitional sentence? Make suggestions for improvement.PERSUASIVENESS & TONE5) Re-read the job/internship posting and the Audience Analysis. Given the audience’s needs for the position—including requirements and minimum and/or preferred qualifications—, and the writer’s strengths weaknesses for this position, are the middle paragraphs compelling? Why or why not? Does the author provide sufficient, relevant, and interesting examples? Why or why not? Does either paragraph feel like too much of a list—like the resume in paragraph form?6)Would you contact the applicant for an interview, based on the letter? Be honest but constructive. Does the letter provide a clear, vivid, appealing introduction of the applicant? Why or why not? Make suggestions for improvement.7) Is the tone formal and professional, and not overconfident or self-effacing? Point out any contractions, slang or chattiness, and any language that makes the writer sound arrogant or calls attention to weaknesses.CLARITY, SPECIFICITY & CONCISION8)Editing: Look for sentences and word choices that need improvement (common culprits: wordiness and repetition, weak verbs, simplistic or misused vocabulary, word choices that are unnecessarily formal, such as “utilize”).9) Proofreading for Grammar and Mechanics: Cover letters need to be completely free of grammar errors and typos! Mention any that you notice. DO NOT CITE GRAMMATICAL ISSUES OR TYPOS UNTIL YOU REACH QUESTION 9.MacArthurUWP 104A34) Do the middle paragraphs frontload key details/accomplishments in the first sentence or conclude paragraphs with them, rather than burying impressive accomplishments in the middle? Does each body paragraph begin with a clear connection to the posting, rather than a vague introductory or transitional sentence? Make suggestions for improvement.PERSUASIVENESS & TONE5) Re-read the job/internship posting and the Audience Analysis. Given the audience’s needs for the position—including requirements and minimum and/or preferred qualifications—, and the writer’s strengths weaknesses for this position, are the middle paragraphs compelling? Why or why not? Does the author provide sufficient, relevant, and interesting examples? Why or why not? Does either paragraph feel like too much of a list—like the resume in paragraph form?6)Would you contact the applicant for an interview, based on the letter? Be honest but constructive. Does the letter provide a clear, vivid, appealing introduction of the applicant? Why or why not? Make suggestions for improvement.7) Is the tone formal and professional, and not overconfident or self-effacing? Point out any contractions, slang or chattiness, and any language that makes the writer sound arrogant or calls attention to weaknesses.CLARITY, SPECIFICITY & CONCISION8)Editing: Look for sentences and word choices that need improvement (common culprits: wordiness and repetition, weak verbs, simplistic or misused vocabulary, word choices that are unnecessarily formal, such as “utilize”).9) Proofreading for Grammar and Mechanics: Cover letters need to be completely free of grammar errors and typos! Mention any that you notice. DO NOT CITE GRAMMATICAL ISSUES OR TYPOS UNTIL YOU REACH QUE

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