Department of English

Drake Gossi


University of Texas at Austin

Drake Gossi

Contact

Courses


RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of The Job Search

43900 • Fall 2021
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM PAR 104
Wr

Getting a job these days is tough. First, you must decide on what jobs to apply to, and where. Then comes the process of creating various application materials,followed by adapting them to each individual job site’s unique specifications. As if all that wasn’t difficult enough, you must do your best to imagine not only what questions the hiring manager will ask, but also how to respond to them. Should you be modest? Funny? Honest? What if they ask you whether you have experience in something that you don’t have experience in? Worse still, even if the interview goes well, yourfuture boss will inevitably Google you, and who knows what a “deep search” of your name will turn up.

As the cliché goes, getting a job is a full-time job in itself. But the process shouldn’t have to be stressful. In fact, this course aims to reduce job-seeking anxiety by offering you three opportunities, namely,

  • To conceptualize the job search (what's involved on their end and the employer's end? what's the
  • rhetorical moves and their rationale?)
  • To understand the genres involved and how they relate (what do I have to read or write?)
  • To form a supportive community around looking for jobs

 

Assignments and Grading

  • Identify and understand relationships among the genres involved: job ad, resume, LinkedIn/Indeed,
  • Glassdoor, letter of application, letter of recommendation,job interview, etc. (15%)
  • Talk to a Career Coach (10%)
  • Identify a candidate job ad or cluster of them; learnhow to read these and identify themes (15%)
  • Craft resume and letter of application (15%)
  • Role-play a job interview (15%)
  • Reading responses (10%)
  • Final paper (20%)

 

Texts

Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World, by Jodie Nicotra, 1st Edition

RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of The Job Search-Wb

43615 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM
Internet; Synchronous
Wr

Getting a job these days is tough. First, you must decide on what jobs to apply to, and where. Then comes the process of creating various application materials, followed by adapting them to each individual job site’s unique specifications. As if all that wasn’t difficult enough, you must do your best to imagine not only what questions the hiring manager will ask, but also how to respond to them. Should you be modest? Funny? Honest? What if they ask you whether you have experience in something that you don’t have experience in? Worse still, even if the interview goes well, your future boss will inevitably Google you, and who knows what a “deep search” of your name will turn up.

 

As the cliché goes, getting a job is a full-time job in itself. But the process shouldn’t have to be stressful. In fact, this course aims to reduce job-seeking anxiety by offering you three opportunities. The first is to prepare job application materials for two different dream jobs, both of which will be in different industries. The second is to research how different industries interview applicants differently. The third is to populate the web with content that will make you look good when your future boss Google’s you.

 

Assignments

 

  • Resume portfolio (self-inventory, two different resumes, reflection, video resume, presentation of video resume) 25%
  • Job interview research (both primary and secondary research into how the interview process reflects the values of two different professions) 25%
  • Reputation management portfolio (Daily Texan op-ed, Amazon.com book review, Yelp review, etc., genre analysis) 25%
  • Revision 15%
  • Participation 10% (reading responses, peer reviews, in-class writing assignments, etc.)

 

Required Text

 

  • Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World, by Jodie Nicotra, 1st Edition

 

RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of The Job Search-Wb

42255 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM
Internet; Synchronous
Wr

Getting a job these days is tough. First, you must decide on what jobs to apply to, and where. Then comes the process of creating various application materials, followed by adapting them to each individual job site’s unique specifications. As if all that wasn’t difficult enough, you must do your best to imagine not only what questions the hiring manager will ask, but also how to respond to them. Should you be modest? Funny? Honest? What if they ask you whether you have experience in something that you don’t have experience in? Worse still, even if the interview goes well, your future boss will inevitably Google you, and who knows what a “deep search” of your name will turn up.

As the cliché goes, getting a job is a full-time job in itself. But the process shouldn’t have to be stressful. In fact, this course aims to reduce job-seeking anxiety by offering you three opportunities. The first is to prepare job application materials for two different dream jobs, both of which will be in different industries. The second is to research how different industries interview applicants differently. The third is to populate the web with content that will make you look good when your future boss Google’s you.

Assignments

  • Resume portfolio (self-inventory, two different resumes, reflection, video resume, presentation of video resume) 25%
  • Job interview research (both primary and secondary research into how the interview process reflects the values of two different professions) 25%
  • Reputation management portfolio (Daily Texan op-ed, Amazon.com book review, Yelp review, etc., genre analysis) 25%
  • Revision 15%
  • Participation 10% (reading responses, peer reviews, in-class writing assignments, etc.)

Required Text

  • Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World, by Jodie Nicotra, 1st Edition

Profile Pages