Cover Letter and Resume Rubric

 

 

 

COVER LETTER

Excellent

Good

Fair

Needs Improve

ment

Does not pass

IS SPECIFIC TO THE POSITION AND THE COMPANY
State why you are writing; how you learned of the organization or position, and a summary of your qualifications.

10 points

4 points

3 points

1 points

0 points

IS ADDRESSED TO A SPECIFIC PERSON IF POSSIBLE, OR TO "HIRING MANAGER" IF A SPECIFIC PERSON IS NOT KNOWN

Use proper business letter salutation and closing

5 points

4 points

3 points

1 points

0 points

IS WRITTEN WITH THE JOB DESCRIPTION IN MIND

Tell why you are interested in the employer or type of work the employer does (Simply stating that you are interested does not tell why). Demonstrate that you know enough about the employer or position to relate your background to the employer or position. Refer to the fact that your resume is enclosed. Mention other enclosures if such are required to apply for a position.

10 points

8 points

7 points

6 points

5 points

FEATURES INDUSTRY LANGUAGE TO SHOW THE APPLICANT'S AWARENESS OF THE COMPANY AND FIELD

Indicate specific qualifications which make you a good fit for the job requirements listed in the job description.

5 points

4 points

3 points

2 points

1 point

IS ONE PAGE IN LENGTH WITH 3-4 PARAGRAPHS

Indicate that you would like the opportunity to interview for a position or to talk with the employer to learn more about their opportunities or hiring plans. State what you will do to follow up, such as telephone the employer or send another inquiry and the timeline.

5 points

4 points

3 points

2 points

1 points

USES BUSINESS LETTER FORMAT

block style business letter format. Use the precise format of the example assignment.

5 points

4 points

3 points

2 points

1 point

IS FREE OF PUNCTUATION ERRORS AND GRAMMATICAL ERRORS

Your letter and resume must be proofread carefully. Guaranteed: Candidates who submit a letter or resume with a single grammatical or mechanical mistake will be the first to hit the round file (which means trash).

NOTE: I will override the rubric points and give a zero for writing errors on this document.

10 points

8 points

7 points

6 points

5 points

RESUME

Excellent

Good

Fair

Needs Improve

ment

Does not pass

 

PROVIDES A SUMMARY OF THE APPLICANT'S MOST RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS, EXPERIENCES, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING

PROFILE or SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

should precisely match the job requirements (if not all, then several
of the most important ones) in the job listing. Use Bulleted List in PARALLEL FORMAT

http://www.ewriteonline.com/how-and-why-to-make-your-lists-parallel-and-what-
does-parallel-mean/

SKILLS

List legitimately acquired skills that were acquired in a variety of ways, e.g.,
volunteer activities, organizational offices held, part-time jobs that otherwise
would not be included on a list of professional experiences

DO NOT USE GENERIC SKILLS (examples: communication, detail-oriented,
interpersonal, problem solving, etc.). Use specific skills demonstrated in your
employment experience section. This should be in paragraph format, no more than
three lines in the section.
EXAMPLE: Customer service, program coordination,
policy enforcement, account reconciliation, product promotion, scheduling, database
management, event planning and coordination, materials management, site
inspection, brochure and newsletter writing, Microsoft Office.

10 points

4 points

3 points

2 points

0 points

SHOWS THE POTENTIAL EMPLOYER WHAT THE APPLICANT HAS TO OFFER AND  HOW THE APPLICANT'S EXPERIENCE WILL BENEFIT THE EMPLOYER

Limit the career objective to one to three lines that lists the advertised position
you are applying for and summarizes your qualifications for that position.
.

·       Mention only the experience, skills and education that address the
requirements of this particular position.

·       Include the exact job title as found in the job listing.

·       Be specific:

·       Do not say what you want ("to learn" or "to gain experience"). Emphasize what you can do for the company.

Too General: A position using my skills and experience in communication.
More Specific: An assistant editor position allowing me to use my skills and 
experience as an award-winning researcher, copyeditor and feature writer.

The best job objective is one that is more focused and tailored to specific
positions. The company doesn't want to know how you will use the job to
benefit your learning. The company wants to see what you already know and
do for the company as in the following objective:

Objective

Executive Assistant position with XYZ Company where my skills in customer
service, marketing, and human resources will increase employee productivity
in the ABC department.

15 points

12 points

10 points

8 points

5 points

SHOWS FACT, QUANTITY, AND IMPACT WHEN DESCRIBING PREVIOUS JOB EXPERIENCES

·       Follow precisely the example format re: spacing, titles, dates, etc.

·       Use bulleted sentences, not phrases or sentence fragments. Lists must
 be in parallel format 
http://www.ewriteonline.com/how-and-why-to-make-
your-lists-parallel-and-what-does-parallel-mean/

·       Use action words. This gives your statements strength and power and helps
the resume to pop! EXAMPLES include: developed, prepared, managed,
created and presented.

·       http://www.umuc.edu/students/support/careerservices/resumetutorial/
actionverbs.html

·       Use numbers, dollars, and percentages whenever possible.  This really helps
your resume to stand out.

·       Lead with your strengths. Resumes are typically reviewed in 30 seconds,
so put your best qualities first!

·       Match the company language. Use keywords and phrases that match the
company and industry. Recruiters will scan the resume for key words and
phrases that match the published
job description

10 points

8 points

7 points

6 points

5 points

FOLLOWS A CLEAR PATTERN (CHRONOLOGICAL, FUNCTIONAL, ELECTRONIC, OR FEDERAL)

For this assignment, format exactly as in the example assignment, on a
Word doc, NO TEMPLATE. If you think you need more than one page,
 check with me via the Ask the Prof forum.

5 points

4 points

3 points

2 points

0 points

IS FREE OF PUNCTUATION ERRORS AND GRAMMATICAL ERRORS

Your letter and resume must be proofread carefully. Guaranteed: Candidates who submit a letter or resume with a single grammatical or mechanical mistake will be the first to hit the round file (which means trash).

NOTE: I will override the rubric points and give a zero for writing errors on this document.

10 points

8 points

7 points

6 points

5 points

OVERALL SCORE

Excellent
90 or more

Good
80 or more

Fair
70 or more

Needs improve

ment
60 or more

Does not pass
0 or more