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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
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    Writing sample - what to submit?

    i've heard tell that it is sometimes beneficial to submit a writing sample with one's resume. seeing that i am a graduate student with little "real" planning experience what should i or could i submit as a writing sample?

    a paper i've submitted for a class?
    the "plan" we wrote for our hypothetical city?

    suggestions are welcome and needed!!
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    I think it would entirely depend on the sort of job you were applying for. It might also be useful to ask if they want it - some folks can get very put off by breaking the mould of their precious standardized applications.

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    Only supply one if requested. In reviewing resumes and cover letters, you are looking for specific items, a writing sample does nothing if it is not the review list.

    If one is requested choose something that is relevant to the job. I would probably submit a portion of the Plan you have or any report style writing assignments. And make sure they are clean copies.
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    I look for any memo your particular proud of.

    It should note case details and easy to understand. Try to find something that required you to interpret or research to offer a sound staff recommendation.

    Sometimes, text amendments are good memos.

    I had a class where we developed a plan for an area completely based upon soil types. So, something like that if not too long may be a good choice for submittal.
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    Don't forget to proofread and spell-check. You'd be surprised how many people neglect to do that.

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    I always ask for a writing sample. If you are a student, a well-written SHORT paper is a good submission. What I like best are samples written for public consumption - like a brochure, pamphlet. etc. Staff memos are ok for those who are employed, but they are often obviously boilerplate.

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    Our policy is we request the writing sample only from those people who are in the running for the position, in the second round of review.
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    thanks for the tips, everyone!
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    If you are applying for an entry level position that is asking for a writing sample, I as an employer would expect a class paper. I am not necessarily looking for a job relevant paper. Rather, I am looking at your writing style and ability to clearly communicate an idea.

    Good luck.

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    I wouldn't supply a paper or anything like that unless asked. If you want to show off your writing skills, do it in the cover letter.

    If you want to bring examples to an interview, then by all means go ahead. Perhaps it would be a good tie-in to your cover letter... for example:

    "I am looking forward to an interview where I can provide examples of my work."

    Or something along those lines.
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