U.S. History Honors Mr. Salerno
1st Quarter Project
Choose one of the figures from
American History from the list below.
Adams, John Quincy
Anthony, Susan B.
Calhoun, John C.
Grant, Ulysses S.
Harrison, William Henry
Jackson, Thomas (Stonewall)
Lee, Robert E.
Polk, James K.
Sherman, William Tecumseh
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady
Van Buren, Martin
Zenger, John Peter
Once you decide on a person, you must register your choice with Mr. Salerno. Selections must be made by Friday, September
20th. (If you do not select a person, one will be assigned to you.) When you have made your selection, do the following:
* Imagine that the person you have selected has been magically transported to the present and needs work to support him
or herself. For what kind of job would he or she be best suited? What qualifications does he or she have? (For this assignment,
you may not have the person run for elected office.)
* Once you have thought about the questions above, you need to get to work formulating, writing, and designing a winning,
resume, cover letter, reference list and letter of reference that will help get the person a job!
* Examine carefully the samples supplied to you. Look at the style, the format, and the kinds of qualifications listed.
You may copy style and format, but you should not copy the job descriptions or qualifications given in the samples. Remember
you have to write a resume that will get the person an appropriate job, and you must think about the kinds of jobs for which
the person would be suited and the qualities and skills he or she would have. You may have a resume template as part of your
word processing program that you may want to use and/or you can look online for resume formats or tips on writing resumes.
You may also want to look online (at monster.com or hotjobs.com for example) or even in the newspaper classifieds for possible
jobs for the individual you have chosen.
* Obviously, you will have to do some research for this project. Go on-line and get to the library right away, even
before you select a person. Make sure you can find information which would be useful in creating the resume. Do not wait
to the last minute and rely only on the Internet for information. You may not find enough or the right kind of information
there. Do not discount BOOKS as a source. The person you have chosen is dead. Not much about their life has changed in
the last ten years; you can find good information in books, too.
* The resume should include the following parts: contact information (Be accurate if you can, but you may have to make
parts up), objective, experience, and education. Use the actual dates from the person's life in the experience section.
Remember that you do not include personal information in a modern resume. Employers today are not allowed to ask about family,
health, or financial responsibilities and you should not include such information in the resume.
* In the cover letter be sure to include an explanation in the first person of why the person is suited for the position,
and then highlight his or her qualifications.
* The letter of reference should be from a contemporary of the individual you have chosen (Someone famous from the same
time period. Someone who would have known the person.) The person should state the capacity in which they knew the person
(as teacher, colleague, supervisor, etc.), and should write about the qualities that would make the person a good employee.
* There should be at least three names on the list of references. They should also be contemporaries of the individual
you have chosen. You should also include a brief description of the capacity in which the reference knew the individual.
* Each page of the project should be on a separate sheet of paper. The resume should not be longer than one page. Length
is not the objective here. The goal is to produce a neat resume and letters that are clear, concise and accurate and demonstrate
knowledge of the individual's accomplishments. Of course projects should be typed in a font no larger than 12 point.
DUE DATE: OCTOBER 22nd
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