Kill the Cover Letter and Résumé — Science of Us

For 265 and 266 job packet:

Researchers have finally built up enough solid science about human decision-making to confirm a belief held by many on both sides of the hiring equation: It’s time for the résumé and the cover letter to die.

via Kill the Cover Letter and Résumé — Science of Us.

Ask students what they think about the science and the arguments made about the subjectivity of reviewing resumes and cover letters. Have students read the article to frame class discussions about their purpose and audience for their resumes and cover letters.

I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why. – Kyle Wiens – Harvard Business Review

I Wont Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Heres Why. – Kyle Wiens – Harvard Business Review.

Kyle Wiens is CEO of iFixit, the largest online repair community, as well as founder of Dozuki, a software company dedicated to helping manufacturers publish documentation. In this article, he makes the following argument:

“I hire people who care about those details. Applicants who don’t think writing is important are likely to think lots of other (important) things also aren’t important. And I guarantee that even if other companies aren’t issuing grammar tests, they pay attention to sloppy mistakes on résumés.After all, sloppy is as sloppy does.

That’s why I grammar test people who walk in the door looking for a job. Grammar is my litmus test. All applicants say they’re detail-oriented; I just make my employees prove it.”

Consider using this article for an in-class discussion about job applications and/or the role of grammar as litmus-test for deciding what you have to offer as an employee.

Man Transforms His Résumé To Look Like A CNN News Page – DesignTAXI.com

Man Transforms His Résumé To Look Like A CNN News Page – DesignTAXI.com.

From Katherine Stebbins McCaffrey, a new faculty member in English, who will be teaching Business Comm and Science Comm. Check out this fun article for an in-class activity about how information design matters. Welcome Katherine and thanks for the article!

The Employment Mismatch – Special Reports – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Another reason why our 200=level writing courses matter:

Sine Nomine Associates, Mr. Boyes’s firm, works with high-tech companies like Cisco and IBM. However, it’s fundamental abilities that he says recent graduates lack, like how to analyze large amounts of data or construct a cogent argument. “It’s not a matter of technical skill,” he says, “but of knowing how to think.”

via The Employment Mismatch – Special Reports – The Chronicle of Higher Education.