Your Motivation Towards Your Career Choice

Career Strategy

Background you have applied for a specific job in your field of study. The Human Resources Department arranges an interview and tells you to bring with you a polished piece of writing for them to evaluate your writing skills.

The paragraph must describe one particular experience you have had that inspired you or guided you to choose the type of position for which you applied.

Your audience is your potential employer and your purpose is to show you have thought carefully about what and/or who has motivated you toward this career choice and why. In addition, you want to convey your enthusiasm for this position as it relates to your inspiring experience.

Take time to think about what your audience wants to know and strive to reach a balance between informal and formal business writing.

Process Prewrite about your field of study and

Create a specific job for which you might want to apply at a particular business or organization in your area. Outline what that position would look like.  – Computer System Analyst

Brainstorm details, names, titles, and facts to provide depth to your paragraph and enable you to write a polished paragraph.

Free write about the different experiences you have had that motivated you to choose your area of study. Pick one on which to focus—one that triggers sparks of enthusiasm. Review your prewriting and choose what is most pertinent to the experience and position.

Decide on an organizational pattern, such as a chronological outline, and arrange those details into a logical, coherent flow.

Open a Word document and type the heading

Paragraph 1.

 Begin your rough draft with the topic sentence, in which you state the position and place, as well as your reason for wanting to be hired as it relates to your inspiring experience. Develop the experience you organized in

Step 2. Include not only details about the one experience, but also show how that experience inspired you, particularly as it relates the position for which you’re applying. Develop your paragraph using clear, varied sentences containing concrete words and transitions or connectives to create a logical flow. Show enthusiasm, yet maintain a somewhat formal tone.

Paragraph 2


Your favorite cousin has moved to your town and is looking for a job. Her previous experiences are working as a cashier and sales clerk at two department stores.

You know she plans to apply at similar stores in your town. However, you also know she is a perfect match for a job opening as a reliable assistant to your boss. You know she has the skills, though she does not think she is as capable as she is, and you are sure she would be good at this job.

Your goal is to persuade your cousin to apply for the job. You email her a paragraph explaining the specifics of the job and the reasons she should apply.

You want to convince her that she has the job skills required. You will use an informal tone, of course, but will take care to use correct business writing to show her that you take your recommendation seriously.

Process using your imagination, create the kind of skills the job as boss’s assistant requires.

Make up names for your boss and the company, as well as any facts that might help you prove your case to your cousin.

Freewrite about the skills you’ve seen her show in other settings and about how you can convince her to use those abilities in this position.

In addition, consider personality traits that show she would work well with your boss. Also, make up details and figures about how this job will benefit your cousin personally and professionally.

Circle the information your cousin most needs to hear to be persuaded to apply for this job.

You will not be able to use everything you made up. Organize the details and explanation using an order of importance pattern.

Open the Word document containing your draft of Paragraph 1 and begin a new page.

Begin with the topic sentence, in which you establish your confidence in your cousin and spark her interest in applying for this job.

Develop your paragraph using clear, varied sentences and concrete words with transitions or connectives that create a logical flow.

Use the information you have identified as most important and make your paragraph as persuasive as possible.

Revising, Editing, and Proofreading Print a clean copy of the rough drafts. First, identify the topic sentence.

Although you’ve learned that in some paragraphs the main idea is understood, your assignment for each paragraph requires you to establish your first sentence as your topic sentence. Rewrite the first sentence to make it interesting and to flow clearly into the next sentence.

Then check that every other sentence in the paragraph directly develops and supports your first sentence.

Cross out any sentences in which you got sidetracked or started another major thought not directly necessary to developing the topic sentence. Revise your paragraph so you fully develop your focus with clear, logical reasoning. Develop further explanation or details as needed to fill any gaps. Continue revising by comparing the end of each sentence with the beginning of the next. Be sure you’ve included proper connectives to guide your reader from one idea to the next. Restructure those sentences where you find a gap or break in flow because you shifted focus or perspective. Your next task is to start from the end of the paragraph and look at each sentence separately.

Does each one represent a complete thought or is it a fragment needing to be connected to another sentence in some way? Does it contain two independent clauses running together with only a comma between them? Correct the problems. Compare sentence length and structure throughout the paragraph to make sure you’ve included some complex sentences. Check the first five words of each sentence. Make sure you vary the opening to provide your reader with variety. Remember that you must have 8–12 sentences in your paragraph. Edit and proofread by applying the skills from all four study units, including word choice, grammar, spelling, usage, and punctuation.

 Prepare a final typed draft of each paragraph formatted according to the submission instructions. Submit only your final draft of each in one Word document. Do not include your prewriting, drafting, or revising work.

 Evaluation Criteria the school will use the following criteria to evaluate your two para- graphs. Be sure you’ve revised and edited your work after reviewing these guidelines. Sufficient detail/support.

Each paragraph uses specific details, facts, and figures to support your controlling idea and the purpose of the assignment.

The description and analysis of the experience for Paragraph 1 clearly show how and why you chose the area of employment and your excitement about that field of study.

Paragraph 2 contains enough proof to convince the cousin that she has the skills and the job is beneficial for her. Unified, coherent development (20 points). Each paragraph represents a unified whole and shows coherent development. It maintains a single, organized focus without clutter

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