Ch 11: Writing Resumes & Cover Letters Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Writing Resumes and Cover Letters chapter of this Technical Writing Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach the parts, types and formats of resumes and cover letters in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Writing Resumes and Cover Letters chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The types and outline of resumes Entry-level, chronological, scannable, skills and online resumes; parts of common resumes and important information to include
Tuesday Tailoring resumes for different jobs; distribution methods of resumes Customization and digital or print distribution options
Wednesday Types of employment letters Discussion of common letters of employment, such as follow-up, rejection, acceptance, refusal and recommendation request
Thursday Formatting the cover letter Importance and basic outline of a cover letter
Friday The curriculum vitae The purpose, content and organizational structure of the curriculum vitae

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: Writing Resumes & Cover Letters Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Types of Resumes

1. Types of Resumes

Savvy job seekers know that a resume is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. In this lesson, you'll learn how to better tailor your job application through the use of different types of resumes.

Parts of Your Resume: Sections & Relevant Information

2. Parts of Your Resume: Sections & Relevant Information

An effective resume starts with creating a 3-part summary of your qualifications: work experience, education and personal achievements. Every resume should be tailored specifically to match a job advertisement's requirements.

Types of Letters of Employment

3. Types of Letters of Employment

Letters are a common form of communication during a job search. In this lesson, you'll learn about the purposes of different types of letters that you may use or receive while seeking employment. A short quiz follows.

The Purpose, Content & Structure of a Curriculum Vitae

4. The Purpose, Content & Structure of a Curriculum Vitae

While most jobs require only a resume, some scientific and academic positions require submission of a curriculum vitae. In this lesson, you'll learn what a curriculum vitae is, its purpose and how it is structured.

Tailoring the Content of Your Resume for a Job

5. Tailoring the Content of Your Resume for a Job

A job applicant should be knowledgeable of how to tailor the content of their resume for a specific job. A custom, detailed, directed resume offers the best chance of acquiring an interview.

Formatting Your Resume: Layout & Distribution Types

6. Formatting Your Resume: Layout & Distribution Types

Everyone appreciates the importance of a first impression. There are specific layout and distribution types of a resume that can create a professional, visually impressive image in the mind of the reader.

The Cover Letter: Importance, Details & Format

7. The Cover Letter: Importance, Details & Format

The cover letter is a necessity when applying for a job. There is a basic format that you can follow consisting of a salutation, three paragraphs and a close that can be used to get a potential employer's attention.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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