Locate a job advertisement from within your field or major (you may also use internships for this assignment), and then create a résumé and cover letter to apply for that job. Although you will not actually submit the materials, you should treat this assignment as a real-world experience (i.e. treat this assignment as if you were actually applying for the job). It is important to remember to tailor the résumé and cover letter to the specific requirements outlined in the job advertisement. This means that you will want to carefully examine the job ad to determine what specific qualities and attributes are requested of potential applicants.
Keep in mind that this assignment is intended to be a persuasive document; you are trying to convince a prospective employer that you are the right person for the job. To do so, you will need to show how your work and academic experiences fit the position you’re applying for. Be sure to provide concrete evidence that shows your relevant skills and abilities (i.e. don’t just tell your readers that you are motivated and work well with others, for example—show them by providing specific details that illustrate your motivation and collaborative abilities).