What to submit for a writing sample

You’ve written a lot of essays and research papers in your academic lifetime but what happens when a prospective employer asks you to submit a writing sample as part of the application process? Your first instinct is to submit the stellar 10-page paper you earned an ‘A’ on in your political science class last quarter, but you’ll want to consider a few things before attaching that file.

You aren’t necessarily limited to an academic paper; think creatively about where and how you’ve communicated through written form. Do you blog or have an eportfolio? Have you ever written an article for a student newspaper, newsletter, or other publication? Showcase your best work that is reflective of the industry/career you’re applying to and as always, ensure your submission is error free.

By Tina Adelstein
Tina Adelstein Career Counselor Tina Adelstein