Essay 5 – Analyzing the Job Market

Summer, 2014
Instructor: Prof. Mitchell Smith

Essay #5 Instruction Sheet
Analyzing the Job Market

Length: 5 pages (minimum of 1250 words, you may write more)

Due Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (by email only; no class meeting)

Prompt: The prompt, or issue, for this assignment asks the question: “What are the job prospects for your writing partner in his or her chosen field?”

To fully answer this question you will need to treat your writing partners as information sources, investigating all the particulars of their desired career: job description, pay, hours, location, creativity, security, etc. You should also use at least one of the two essays in Texts and Contexts to learn about the job market. But you will need more up to date information too, so you will research your job online or in current periodicals. This prompt is also described on page 118 of Texts and Contexts.

Purpose: This is a research and analysis essay, so you will go beyond the essays in our textbook and find information about the job market that you can analyze. That means you will use your opinion, but you will support it with hard facts.

Audience: In this case, imagine writing your paper for your partner or anyone else who might be looking for a similar job.

Essay structure: The essay should have an identifiable Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.

The short Introduction (Part I. 1 ¶) should introduce the general problem (issue) of the increasingly competitive job market and changing nature of professions. The Robert Reich essay will be especially helpful in developing this intro; the documentary Reich made that we watched, Inequality for All, also has information about how crucial this issue is. The intro should also explain your method of research briefly and end with a thesis. The thesis will encapsulate the advice you give to your writing partner in the conclusion.

The Body (Part II. 1-2 ¶) will have two parts: one quantitative and the other qualitative. The quantitative section (Part II. A) will explain what your research has revealed about the number of jobs available. It will explain whether the number of jobs is growing, shrinking or staying stable; it will explain how much the number will change in percentages or absolute numbers; it might also give projected numbers of applicants for jobs, numbers of customers or clients, changing populations that affect the jobs. In short, this section explores and explains anything relating to amounts.

The qualitative section (Part II. B 1-2 ¶) will explain how the job itself might be changing: will the pay go up or down; will the benefits change; will the position require more or different education, training, or experience; will the jobs move to another region; will the hours change; will technology change the job description or required skills?

The Conclusion (Part III. 1-2 ¶) will show how well your writing partner’s job preferences match with the forecast. You will also make recommendations for adjusting plans based upon your research: whether to seek more or different education, to get more training, to adjust goals, etc.

Paragraph structure: For academic papers, it is most useful to place Topic Sentences (TS) at the beginning of the paragraph so the reader knows what you will be talking about and what you have to say about it. Both sections of the body will contain paragraphs that are roughly equal parts quotations (from your text and periodical essays), paraphrases, and original language

Sentence structure: By this point we have studied strategies for shaping sentences with adjectives, verb forms, prepositional phrases, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, and transitional adverbs. Include sentences that use such sentences, cutting out “deadwood” and choppy, repetitive phrases.

Essay Format: Use the correct MLA manuscript format Highlights include:

  • All essays must be typed and double-spaced
  • Margins must be 1-inch on all sides of the page
  • Use 12 point Courier or Times font (personal preference discussed in class)
  • Each essay should have your name, professor name (“Professor Smith”), course number (English 96 plus section number), and date at the top left corner of the first page
  • The title (not underlined or italicized or in quotes) should be centered above the first paragraph
  • MLA in-text citations and works cited page showing all your sources

Usage Errors: This is your fourth essay, and usage errors will impact your grade. You may make up to two errors per page without a penalty. More than that will result in a grade of NP (not passing) and a required revision. Beyond basic grammar and spelling skills that incoming 96 students are expected to know, you will not be held responsible for grammar issues that we have not yet covered in the course. You will be responsible for rules about the following in your essay:

  • Correct spelling and word choice
  • Sentence Fragments
  • Run-Together Sentences
  • Basic Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Homonym errors
  • Capitalization
  • Conjunctive adverbs, transitional phrases, and subordinating conjunctions
  • Apostrophes and Possessives
  • Punctuation of Titles
  • Quotations and Quotation marks

As we write more essays and cover more sentence development elements, your responsibilities will increase.

Writing Steps: Your pre-writings for this essay will include:

  • Worksheets A, B, and D from Robinson; these will go to your writing partner
  • Rough paragraph II. A (due 11/11)
  • Rough paragraph II. B (due 11/13)
  • Rough paragraph III. (due 11/18)
  • Full Rough Draft (due 11/20)
  • Peer review (in class 11/20)
  • Final Draft (due 11/25 – by email only; no class meeting)



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