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Graphical Job/Interview Advice

If you’re on the job market soon, here are some helpful reminders about conduct, how to answer interview questions, etc.


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Letter/Email Suggestions

The point of this assignment is to practice these formats in a setting outside the classroom. You should write about something you’re passionate about, or at least have marginal interest in. Pick a particular issue, a specific bit of praise, a detailed response to a news article. Keep in mind our discussion and critiques about the Amnesty International letter as you draft.


  • Complaint/praise to a company (check the label for “suggestions” or “complaints” information or google them and find contact info on their website)
  • Letter about a pet issue to the governor, senators, president, mayor or other public official (here’s one database with more options)
  • Write to a soldier (one site that aids in this)
  • Letter to the editor at the Post-Gazette or other newspaper of your choice
  • Fan letter to your favorite author, artist, actor, etc. (most have fan sites or contact information easily findable)

Let’s say a word count of around 500 words. Your letter or email should follow proper formatting and conventions set forth in your textbook. You’ll turn in a hardcopy draft to me in class on Friday (2/1), and I’ll add my comments. By the following Wednesday (2/6), you must revise your draft and mail (give me the addressed, sealed, stamped envelope in class) or email (bcc me) it to get credit for the assignment.

If you get a response or get published, do let the class know!

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Interviewing Tips, How to Google

Interviewing Advice

Perhaps the most important tip to take from this article is:

Open conversation. Unlike simple yes-or-no questions, open-ended questions invite the respondent to talk — and enable you to gather much more information. “What do you like best about this company?” is likely to generate more valuable information than “Do you like this company?” Another tactic is to ask a question in the declarative format — “Tell me about that.” People who won’t answer questions sometimes respond better to a direct order.

How to Google

Think you know everything about searching the internet? Think again.

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