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To The Portfolio Assessment Readers:
With the fall semester quickly coming to a close, I have been reflecting about my writing intensive English class. This semester I have accomplished a variety of projects and assignments and have learned a lot about professional writing. I learned how to write a great resume and how to use its different formats. I have practiced writing many emails, business letters, transmittal letters, and cover letters. My three largest projects that I completed were a job recommendation report, instructions on how to make pumpkin cheesecake, and a brochure for my future cupcake business. All these projects have helped me to master my communication skills which I will further reflect upon below. I have created a portfolio in a blog format to post this reflection letter and my projects for your comments and evaluation on my success. The year started out with writing cover letters and resumes. I wrote both a designer and scannable resume. I learned how to make my resume stand out and which format to use when. The next project I have listed is my instructions and usability test. For this assignment, I worked in a group and together wrote a set of instructions on how to make pumpkin cheesecake. We also tested our instructions usability and followed up with our conclusions in a memo. Next is my personal project, I was assigned to pick something of interest and propose a project that would take considerable planning. First I wrote a proposal for my idea which included my idea, learning objectives, schedule, and rubric. In the end, I decided to create a cupcake brochure for my potential business. Lastly, we had to write a recommendation report to a client for potential career. I think my personal project was my best work because I was able to be more creative and do something that interested me. But I feel like every project could use a few revisions. On my cupcake brochure I would like to edit some of the colors I used on the inside to match the tone on the outside. I would also like to add more information about the company. For the recommendation report, I wish I had more information. I did not enjoy working with the jobs my client chose and I feel like I could have done a better job if there was more information available. I feel like I could have made better connections and more strongly pointed out my recommendation. The resumes I wish I could also revise as I have changed my major this semester and the current jobs are inaccurate. I would like to revise these resumes as I near closer to graduation so I can find a good job. I would like to make stronger claims in
my cover letter. Overall most of the revisions I d want to make would be in the information I am try to convey. In the syllabus, there is a list of outcomes that the class is intended to produce. I believe this class has succeeded in helping me reach these goals. When writing my resume and cover letter, I completed outcome #1 by communicating effectively my skills, personal qualities, objectives, goals, and convince the reader to pick me . I also demonstrated this outcome with my instructions project, I was able to clearly explain how to make pumpkin cheesecake and examine its usability. I addressed outcome #6 in all my projects which states integrate knowledge and ideas in a coherent and meaningful manner . I became knowledgeable about three different jobs and I was able to write in a coherent and organized manner what I learned. I was able to communicate this information to my client by listening to their needs and desires for a job and then meshing the sources together to complete a final recommendation. The next outcome was to manage sophisticated writing and research projects, planning, documenting, completing, and assessing work on time and within the constraints of the project . I completed this objective with all my projects, but most specifically my personal project. I had to specifically plan out a schedule of what I would do each week in order to complete my project by its due date. I also had to show my ability of professionalism which includes skills like reliability and care in editing. I attended all my group meetings and finished the assignments on time. I carefully edited all my work and did my best to treat every project as if I was already working on a real job. Overall, I mastered the basic knowledge of business writing in the professional world by demonstrating each of the listed outcomes. I hope this letter and my showcase of documents have proven to you that I possess professional writing skills. As I look back, I feel this class was very meaningful and taught me a lot about writing in the business world. I will carry these skills with me throughout the rest of my life and I hope you can see my knowledge I have gained throughout my work. Thank you for your time in reading this letter. I appreciate all of your comments or thoughts. Sincerely,