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Skills for College Writing

Effective writing strategies for resumes, personal statements, and essays

Jelisa Sinn-Braswell

on 2 April 2013

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Effective Writing Strategies for Resumes, Personal Statements/Cover Letters, and Essays Skills for College Writing Strategies for Writing a Resume Recap & Final Thoughts Strategies for Writing a Personal Statement Although similar to a personal statement, the purpose of a cover letter is to state your interest in the job, highlight your qualifications, and get the employer to read your resume and call you for an interview. It should be brief and to the point. Strategies for Writing a Coverletter An essay is a piece of writing on a particular subject. There are four genres of essay writing:
Argumentative (Persuasive)
When writing any essay, use the following strategies... Strategies for Writing an Essay Plan your work, then work your plan
Differentiate yourself from the pack
Be specific, concise, and clear
Clearly articulate your argument
Know what you mean and mean what you say Exceptional student...
Maintains a ...(G.P.A.) while Sports Team Captain
Specialty Program Participant G. P. A.
Honors, A.P. Dual Enrollment, & Tech Prep
Leadership positions and accomplishments Received
Delivered Donated
Selected for
Participated Executed...(tasks) Organized Recognized for exemplary... Performed...(task) Provide exceptional service Technical Skills
Proficient in... "Shortly after my fifth birthday I was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. As a result, I now have a prosthetic left leg, so my cancer diagnosis literally “shaped me” into the person I am today." "My work with NASA culminated in the opportunity to Co-author an article entitled 'Design and Analysis of a Tow-Steered Composite Aircraft Wing' which was submitted as a technical publication for approval by NASA-Langley." "My selection from a pool of 40 students to perform a Julliard Instructor’s Piece and being chosen from a pool of 2000 applicants to guest perform in the Complexions Dance Summer Intensive increased my confidence." Open with a succinct statement Note your scholastic honors Focus on your strengths Elaborate on your measurable academic achievements Use a range of power words to convey your contribution Let work experience communicate your level of responsibility Introduce the experiences that shape who you are Let your measurable achievements differentiate you from the pack
Reduce Open with specific information Explain your academic and career interests Quantify your accomplishments Build an argument Note your achievements Elaborate on why attending the school or receiving the scholarship, will help you achieve your career goals Discuss your future plans Be sure to answer the questions given and reflect on who you are academically, personally, and professionally State the job you are interested in and how you heard about the opening Direct your letter to someone specific
(i.e. "Dear Mr. Jones," not "To Whom it May Concern" Briefly state how your education and experience will be an asset to the company. Ask for an interview and tell the employer how you can be contacted.....remember to say thank you Position your argument
Rephrase your question and make an original statement
Elaborate on the statement
Make your case "crystal clear" Organize your information
(i.e. brainstorming and free writing) Body paragraphs should include varying and relevant examples (i.e. history,literature, business/current events, and personal experience) Draw an effective conclusion

This should recap and broaden your argument and link your examples. Throughout the essay you must demonstrate a facility with the English language.
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