2012 Spring—Professional Writing for Juniors/Seniors
Jo Ho

This course will be conducted as a professional seminar that prepares students for the up-coming job market crunch, or at least getting ready to face the complex realities of daily life as adult professionals. Students will learn to construct their own personal profiles for employment-related purposes, write letters of explanation/complaint/negotiation, and practice presentation skills. For those interested in pursuing advanced studies, we will also learn about preparing statements of purpose and letters of recommendation. Reference materials are located on the website for this course and will be discussed in great detail in class. Students will be required to turn in written work regularly, shape up their professional image, and make respectable presentations in class.

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Tentative Schedule:

date Course plan
2-22 intro to the course

homework:look over the following sites and prepare your own assessment of your personality type and possible job orientation

Job Descriptions and Professional requirements

Careers for Personality Types


Student presentation: career aptitude assessment
The job market and Professionalism

What is Professionalism?

What is a professional

小組報告:Career Aptitude Assessment
homework: look over resume tips on course webpage, construct your own resume

Creating a Concise Resume

Positive terms to describe yourself in a professional setting



anatomy of a resume

小組報告: Creating a Concise Resume
homework: complete your resume

Creating a positive professional image

Developing your professional image

Buff your professional image


strategizing/packaging your image

小組報告:Professional image
homework:finalize your personal resume or profile

resume is due; presentations of finalized personal resumes

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

homework: write up interview experiences or collect interview tips

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Behind the interview questions

Interview questions


Student Presentations: preparing for job interviews
Nail the Interview

Key Interview Questions

Describe Your Work Style

Potential Interview Questions

小組報告:Getting ready for the interview-1,2,3,4,5

homework: organize for mock interview; prepare self-introductions



self-introductions and mock interviews

mock interview:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

homework: organize for mock interview; prepare self-introductions

self-introductions and mock interviews

Self-introduction and reflections on the mock interview

mock interview:

13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

homework: writing letters of inquiry

Cover Letters

letters for miscellaneous purposes

Writing letters of request

Writing letters of complaint

How to reply to letters of complaint

4-25 writing letters

letters for miscellaneous purposes

sample student letters 1

sample student letters 2

sample student letters 3

sample student letters 4

homework: look up existing work ethic

Adjust to your new job

Make the most of your first job

Earn respect at your first job

Work ethic

5-2 letter is due; work ethic: what are the basic rules of conduct
小組報告:Nailing your first job
Letters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
homework: find info on admission application process
5-9Exchange session with students from Chinese University of Hong Kong
5-16 The application process
小組報告:admissions essay
homework: preparing a statement of purpose

preparing a statement of purpose

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing Your Graduate Admissions Essay

Graduate Admissions Essay Dos and Don'ts

5-30 working on the statement of purpose and autobiography




How To Write An Autobiography

小組報告:How To Write Autobiography
homework: write up draft for statement of purpose or autobiography

All About Recommendation Letters

Requesting a letter of recommendation

How to write a recommendation letter

6-6 SOP or autobiography is due
homework: getting your personal profile ready
6-13 personal profile paper copy presentation