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					Professional Portfolio Anchor Task Manual
 Cover Letter, Resume, Reference Page, and Thank You Letter




             Edmonds School District
               Career and Technical Education
The Professional Portfolio Anchor Task - Overview

Career and Technical Education Anchor Tasks - The District Requirement
An Anchor Task is a district-wide task completed in the classroom that students must complete
proficiently in order to earn credit in a particular subject area. The Professional Portfolio Anchor Task
is one of 8 Anchor Tasks for Career and Technical Education. These Anchor Task include:
     Career Related Project
     Job Shadow or Informational Interview
     Extended Experience
     Simulated Job Search and Interview
     Professional Portfolio (integrates Resume and Cover Letter)
     Conflict Resolution and Decision Making

Description of the Professional Portfolio Anchor Task
The Professional Portfolio Anchor Task is designed to assist students in the critical task of preparing for
and obtaining employment. In this anchor task, students will create a professional employment portfolio
consisting of a personal resume, reference page, cover letter, and thank you letter for a particular job of interest.
Each item in the portfolio will be developed according to standard business guidelines as described in the
Professional Portfolio prompt and Rubrics included with this manual.

Through this task, students demonstrate their learning through four pieces of evidence:
    Professional Cover Letter
    Professional Resume
    Professional Reference Page
    Thank You Letter

Enduring Understandings and Guiding Questions
The Professional Portfolio Anchor Task is developed upon Enduring Understandings and Guiding
Questions representing communication, technology, and career and educational planning. These include:
Enduring Understandings and Guiding Questions:
    Acquiring employment requires effective job-seeking skills, knowledge, and resources.
            How do skills for completing applications, resumes, portfolios, and interviews related to
              potential employment?
            How and where is information about specific employers and hiring practices addressed?
            How can high school training influence one’s marketability for employment opportunities?
            How can technology be used as a tool in a job-search?
The Professional Portfolio Anchor Task Prompt
You will create a professional employment portfolio consisting of a personal resume, reference page, cover letter,
and thank you letter for a particular job of interest. You will be expected to follow standard business guidelines as
described in the enclosed detailed rubrics for each document.

Step 1: Create a One-Page Personal Resume according to the following guidelines and
enclosed samples:

        Heading
                Name (Firstname, Middle Initial, Lastname)
                Street Address
                City, State, Zip
                Phone Number
                Appropriate Email Address

        Objective
                Position and type of employment for which one is currently qualified

        Education
                High School(s)
                Date of graduation (expected)
                GPA listed only if 3.2 or higher
                Coursework relevant to objective

        Skills/Qualifications
                Aligned with objectives
                Descriptive statements, not full sentences

        Experience
                Begin with most current or recent experience
                        Experiences include volunteer, paid or unpaid employment. Information to be included:
                              Name of position
                              Name of place where worked. Include location (City/State)
                              Duties performed
                                     Descriptive statements beginning with action verbs, not full sentences
                              Dates optional

        Extracurricular Activities
                Includes hobbies, clubs, sports, etc.

        Awards/Certifications
                Includes in school and out-of-school awards/certificates



Step 2: Create a Reference Page according to the following guidelines and enclosed
samples



Professional Portfolio Prompt                  Page 1
     Select three to five people to serve as references. Choose individuals who know your work
      from a job, internship, class, or volunteer setting. Include at least one former supervisor. Pick
      people who like your work and will speak enthusiastically about you. A strong, positive
      reference can make the difference in whether you get the position.

     Ask each person for permission to use his or her name. If the answer is yes, provide them with
      a current copy of your resume.

     Use the same heading style (name, address, phone, email) as on your resume and cover letter.

     Place the word References at the top of the page in large, bold print.

     List all references using a consistent format:
                 Name (in bold)
                 Present Title and Organization
                 Address (optional)
                 Phone Number
                 Email (Optional)

     If the person has joined a new organization, indicate the former relationship to you by using a
      descriptive line after the name.

                 Name (in bold)
                 (Formerly Dept. Supervisor at ABC Company)
                 Present Title and Organization
                 Address (optional)
                 Phone Number
                 Email (Optional)

     Be sure your reference page is neat and clean.

     Whenever you give out your references page, call each person the same day. Tell them about
      the organization and position you interviewed for. Your call helps them prepare and usually
      results in a better reference for you.

     When you land a job, call with the good news! Send a thank-you card and include your new
      phone number or business card. Continue to nurture these relationships! These people are your
      cheerleaders.

See the Reference Page work sample for a layout of a quality reference page.
Step 3: Create a Cover Letter according to the following guidelines and enclosed samples.

        Heading (Identical to Resume)
                Name (Firstname, Middle Initial, Lastname)
                Street Address
                City, State, Zip
                Phone Number
                Appropriate Email Address

Professional Portfolio Prompt                Page 2
        Dateline
                May 15, 2004 (Press “Enter” 4 times)

        Inside Address (person to whom the letter is addressed)
                Firstname Lastname
                Proper job title for person (i.e. Director of Human Resources)
                Name of Business
                Street Address
                City State Zip (Press “Enter” 2 times)

        Salutation
                Dear Mr., Ms., (no firstname) Lastname: (Press “Enter” 2 times)

        Body (Press “Enter” 2 times)
                Paragraph 1: Introduction
                                Catch their attention; How you found about the position. (Press “Enter” 2 times)
                Paragraph 2: Interest and Desire
                                Talk about why you’re interested in position.
                                Show you have desire for the position (Press “Enter” 2 times)
                Paragraph 3: Closing
                                Request an interview
                                Identify clearly when and how you can be reached
                                Last sentence – I can be reached at xxx- xxx-xxxx. (Press “Enter” 2 times)

        Complimentary closing
                Sincerely, (Press “Enter” 4 times)

        *Signature in Black or Blue Ink – Cursive

        Typed signature line (Press “Enter” 2 times)

        Enclosure notation
            Enclosure




* Remember to sign your cover letter.




Step 4: Create a Thank You letter according to the following guidelines and enclosed
samples.

        Heading (Identical to Resume)
                Name (Firstname, Middle Initial, Lastname)
                Street Address
                City, State, Zip
Professional Portfolio Prompt                 Page 3
                Phone Number
                Appropriate Email Address

        Dateline
                May 15, 2004 (Press “Enter” 4 times)

        Inside Address (person to whom the letter is addressed)
                Firstname Lastname
                Proper job title for person (i.e. Director of Human Resources)
                Name of Business
                Street Address
                City State Zip (Press “Enter” 2 times)

        Salutation
                Dear Mr., Ms., (no firstname) Lastname: (Press “Enter” 2 times)

        Body (Press “Enter” 2 times)
                Paragraph 1: Introduction
                                Refers to content of the interview.
                                Expressions appreciation for interview.
                                Identifies position (Press “Enter” 2 times)
                Paragraph 2: Interest and Desire
                                Affirms interest in position
                                Emphasizes point of discussion
                                Communicates how one can be an asset to employer (Press “Enter” 2 times)
                Paragraph 3: Closing
                                Re-thank employer and once again express interest in further contact
                                Identify clearly when and how you can be reached
                                Last sentence – I can be reached at xxx-xxx-xxxx (Press “Enter” 2 times)

        Complimentary closing
                Sincerely, (Press “Enter” 4 times)

        * Signature in Black or Blue Ink – Cursive

        Typed signature line


* Remember to sign your Thank You letter.




Professional Portfolio Prompt                 Page 4
Teacher Resource Materials

“Any Student” Cover Letter

“Any Student” Resume

“Any Student” Reference Page

“Any Student” Thank-You Letter

Using Power Verbs for Resumes
                                                                       COVER LETTER RUBRIC
   Criteria              1                              2                                               3 – Meets Standard                               4- Exceeds Standard
Format and      Format Rules             Format Rules                          Format Rules                                                         Format Rules:
Appearance         Has more than           Has 1-3 formatting errors.        Style and Layout                                                        Meets standards for 3
                    three formatting        Missing required elements.               Full block style, mixed punctuation.
                    errors.                 Not balanced on page.                    Font size between 10 and 12 pitch. Black font color only.    Appearances:
                   Missing required                                                  No longer than 1 page.                                          25% bond paper, White or
                    elements.            Appearance:                                                                                                    Cream colored. Identical to
                   Not balanced on         Contains smudges, creases,        Required Elements:                                                       resume.
                    page.                    staple marks, or stains                 Personal Heading (format identical to resume)                    Professional visual appeal.
                                            Lacks visual appeal.                    Dateline
                Appearance:                                                                  Month written out.
                  Contains                                                                  Avoids date extensions (th, st, rd)
                   smudges, creases,                                                 Inside Address
                   staple marks, or                                                          Includes proper title for person, name of business,
                   stains                                                                     street address, city, state, and zip code
                  Messy                                                             Salutation
                                                                                             Dear Mr., Ms. Lastname (firstname not used)
                                                                                     Introduction and Main Body (see criteria)
                                                                                     Closing Paragraph (see criteria)
                                                                                     Typed Signature Line
                                                                                     Cursive Signature in blue or black ink
                                                                                     Enclosure Notation.

                                                                               Appearance
                                                                                    Appropriate use of white space
                                                                                    Fills entire page, and does not exceed one page
                                                                                    Margins are balanced throughout document.
                                                                                    Absent of smudges, creases, staple marks, stains
                                                                                    Visually attractive.

Introduction       Begins                   Begins introduction with                Requests position and states how learned of position.            Requests position and states
(Paragraph 1)       introduction with         “I”.                                                                                                       how learned of position.
                    “I”.                     Requests position but fails
                   Fails to request          to state how learned of
                    position.                 position.
Body               Interest, desires,       Skills are listed but do not     Interest, Desires, and Skills relate to position.                       Elaborates on skills and
(Paragraph 2)       and skills are not        relate to the position.                                                                                    demonstrates qualifications.
                    evident.                                                                                                                            Explains how qualifications
                                                                                                                                                         make contribution to
                                                                                                                                                         company.
Closing            Does not request         Requests interview absent               Requests interview with request for follow-up contact.           Requests interview with
Paragraph           interview.                contact details.                        Indicates enclosure                                               request follow-up contact;
(Paragraph 3)      No mention of            No mention of enclosed                                                                                     includes specific contact
                    enclosed resume.          resume.                                                                                                    details.
                                                                                                                                                        Indicates enclosure.
                                                                                                                                                        Provides details regarding
                                                                                                                                                         specific enclosure in body of
                                                                                                                                                         letter
Conventions            Many errors            1-2 spelling, grammar, or            Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct                         Use of conventions are
                       Few conventions         punctuation errors.            Use of complete sentences.                                                    polished
                        used correctly.
                                                          RESUME AND REFERENCE PAGE RUBRIC
  Criteria                  1                         2                                                3 – Meets Standard                                          4- Exceeds Standard
Format and    Format Rules                  Format Rules                Format Rules                                                                             Format Rules
Appearance       Format rules not             Most format rules       Personal Heading                                                                            Meets Standards for
                  followed.                     are followed.                   Name is boldfaced and larger – no larger than 20 point                              3
                                                                                Consistent with reference page and cover letter
              Appearance                    Appearance                          Includes Legal Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Phone Number, Appropriate       Appearance
                Fills less than three-       Fills three-quarters              email.                                                                             Meets standards for
                 quarters of a page.           of the page.                                                                                                          3
                                                                        Side Headings are aligned and boldfaced
                Contains smudges,            Contains smudges,                                                                                                    Can find necessary
                 creases, staple               creases, staple          Use of Fonts
                                                                                                                                                                     information in less
                 marks, or stains              marks, or stains                No more than three font sizes are used within entire document.                       than 30 seconds.
                Lacks visual appeal.         Lacks visual appeal.            Font is no smaller than 10 point                                                    25% bond paper,
                                                                               Print is in black ink and on white or cream colored paper.                           White or Cream
                                                                        Appearance                                                                                   colored.
                                                                              Appropriate use of white space
                                                                              Fills entire page, and does not exceed one page
                                                                              Margins are balanced throughout document.
                                                                              Absent of smudges, creases, staple marks, stains
                                                                              Visually attractive.
Conventions          Contains 3 or more       Contains 1 or 2                Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct                                        Meets standards for
                      spelling,                 spelling,                      Avoids personal pronouns (I, Me, My)                                                   3.
                      grammatical, or           grammatical, or                Descriptive statements as opposed to sentences.                                       Marketable Skills
                      punctuation errors.       punctuation errors.            Marketable skills are stated clearly, using powerful action verbs.                     are stated clearly,
                     Uses many personal       Uses few personal                                                                                                      using powerful
                      pronouns.                 pronouns.                                                                                                              action verbs
                     Mainly sentences         Mainly descriptive                                                                                                     consistently
                      used.                     statements used with                                                                                                   throughout the entire
                     Marketable Skills         sentences                                                                                                              resume.
                      are missing or not        interspersed.
                      stated clearly.          Marketable Skills
                                                are stated clearly
                                                without powerful
                                                action verbs.
Content              More than 2 content      No more than 2         Includes all content items                                                                     Meets standard for 3
                      items missing.            content items                  Personal Heading                                                                      All content clearly
                                                missing.                       Objective                                                                              supports the
                                                                               Education                                                                              objective.
                                                                                      o Includes school, anticipated graduation date, relevant coursework.
                                                                               Skills/qualifications
                                                                               Experience
                                                                                      o Listed in chronological order beginning with most recent experience
                                                                                      o Includes title of position, duties performed, skills used, name and
                                                                                          location (city/state) of workplace
                                                                                      o Dates and length of employment optional if beneficial.
                                                                                       Extracurricular Activities
                                                                                       Awards/Certifications (Optional)




Reference              Format and content        Most format and                     Format and content of reference page is consistent with standard format.                 Meets standard for 3
Page                    rules not followed.        content rules                       Personal Heading and Font consistent with resume and cover letter                        25% bond paper,
                       Lacks visual appeal        followed.                           Visually attractive                                                                       White or Cream
                                                  Lacks visual appeal                 Balanced on page                                                                          colored.
                                                                         THANK YOU LETTER RUBRIC
   Criteria                    1                              2                                               3 – Meets Standard                                        4- Exceeds Standard
Format and          Format Rules              Format Rules                            Format Rules                                                                 Format Rules
Appearance             Has more than            Has 1-3 formatting errors.          Style and Layout                                                                Meets standards for 3
                        three formatting         Missing required elements.                 Full block style, mixed punctuation.
                        errors.                  Not balanced on page.                      Font size between 10 and 12 pitch. Black font color only.            Appearances
                       Missing required                                                     Balanced on page                                                        25% bond paper, White or
                        elements.             Appearance                                     No longer than 1 page                                                    Cream colored. Identical to
                       Not balanced on          Contains smudges, creases,                                                                                           resume.
                        page.                     staple marks, or stains             Required Elements                                                               Professional visual appeal.
                                                 Lacks visual appeal.                      Personal Heading (format identical to resume)
                    Appearance                                                              Dateline
                      Contains                                                                     Month written out.
                       smudges, creases,                                                            Avoids date extensions (th, st, rd)
                       staple marks, or                                                     Inside Address
                       stains                                                                       Includes proper title for person, name of business,
                      Messy                                                                         street address, city, state, and zip code
                                                                                            Salutation
                                                                                                    Dear Mr., Ms. Lastname (firstname not used)
                                                                                            Introduction and Body (see criteria)
                                                                                            Closing Paragraph (see criteria)
                                                                                            Typed Signature Line
                                                                                            Cursive Signature in blue or black ink
                                                                                            Enclosure Notation.

                                                                                      Appearance
                                                                                             Appropriate use of white space
                                                                                             Fills entire page, and does not exceed one page
                                                                                             Margins are balanced throughout document.
                                                                                             Absent of smudges, creases, staple marks, stains
                                                                                             Visually attractive.
Introduction             Begins                  Begins introduction with              Refers to content of the interview.                                          Refers to content of interview.
(Paragraph 1)             introduction with        “I”.                                  Expressions appreciation for interview.                                      Expressions appreciation for
                          “I”.                    Expresses appreciation for            Identifies position                                                           interview.
                         Fails to identify        interview but fails to state                                                                                        Identifies position
                          position and             specific position                                                                                                   Expresses confidence in your
                          express                                                                                                                                       abilities related to position
                    appreciation for
                    interview


Body               Interest and          Affirms interest but fails to      Affirms interest in position                                        Elaborates on skills and
(Paragraph 2)       desires are not        communicate how one can            Emphasizes point of discussion                                       expounds on qualifications.
                    evident.               be an asset to employer.           Communicates how one can be an asset to employer                    Explains how qualifications
                                                                                                                                                    make contribution to
                                                                                                                                                    company.
Closing            Does not express      Expresses thanks but fails to      Re-thank employer and once again expresses interest in further      Requests follow-up contact
Paragraph           thanks for             state interest in further           contact                                                              and includes specific contact
(Paragraph 3)       interview              contact                                                                                                  details.


Conventions        Many errors           1-2 spelling, grammar, or          Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct                      Use of conventions are
                   Few conventions        punctuation errors.                Use of complete sentences.                                           polished
                    used correctly.

				
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