Spring 2013 — UC Irvine — Information & Computer Science — ICS 139W — David G. Kay
Résumé and Cover Letter: Peer Editing Guidelines
Because this assignment is very short, you
should have at least two of your classmates edit it (and you should
edit two of your classmates' papers). Try to work with people you haven't
worked with before. (There's a separate page of guidelines for the
promotion piece; consult that one if you're doing that alternative.)
Talk to the author. What kind of job does
the author want? What does the author think are his or her strongest points
or best qualifications? weakest points or shortcomings?
Read your classmate's work once through
without making any comments. Then, write down briefly your first impressions:
Are both the letter and the résumé
clean, clear, professional, and perfectly correct?
Does it contain anything alienating or off-putting?
Would it make you want to hire the author
if you were hiring people for the kind of job the author wants?
Read it again, more carefully, making specific
comments in the margins.
Consider the résumé:
Does it include all the author's appropriate
Does it indicate any gaps or other areas that
need more explanation?
Does it include any inappropriate material?
Does it use consistent, parallel language?
Does it list concrete accomplishments for
each position held (where appropriate and available)?
Does it give indications, where applicable,
of good communication skills, of the ability to work with others, of leadership
Can you list three ways in which the typography
and design actually help the résumé do its job? Can
you list ways in which they interfere, and suggest improvements?
Consider the cover letter:
Does the letter follow an appropriate form?
Does it use consistent, parallel language? Is the tone appropriate?
Does the author highlight the qualifications
most likely to get him or her an interview for the job?
If something in the author's résumé
might raise serious questions with a potential employer, does the cover
letter deal with them adequately without drawing undue attention to them?
Review your comments with the author (and
vice versa). Be sure to write "Edited by" and your name on the
copy you edited. Give your comments to the author, who must include them
with his or her turned-in version. Be sure you get comments from your editors,