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ASSIGNMENT ONE-PLANNING YOUR RESUME

Creating a resume is no easy task! It can be very difficult to articulate what you have to offer to prospective employers. This is why it is crucial that you imagine what it is like to make a decision based on this type of document. You read a stack of sample resumes -- some careful and effective and some carelessly constructed and ineffective. It is time to start putting planning and building a resume to submit for this class. For this post, research resume advice using resources from the class LibGuide page, FIU Handshake, and any other source you personally find helpful and then post a list of resume writing three DOs and three DON’Ts -- advice from different sources that you personally find worth following. What did you learn that you can apply to your own resume building efforts?Your post should begin with a statement about your research for this activity.Example: I read the entire Career Transitions database “Write a Resume” section, paying special attention to the build a resume tool that explained why different sections of the resume were important and I browsed the “Related Articles and Videos” section to find tips, advice, and videos related to resumes. I also went to a blog that my sister recommended, Classy Career Girl, and found tips especially targeted to women my age. The items on my Dos and Don’ts lists were inspired by or paraphrased from both the Career Transitions database and the Classy Career Girl blog.

And then provide your list of three DOs and three DON’Ts. That’s six items all together. You can paraphrase a source (restating the original author’s points but using your own words, or you can quote a source (putting the author’s exact words in quotation marks) or you can use the source as inspiration for an idea of your own. In all three instances, for each item on your list, paste the URL for the source. That way, your readers can go to the source themselves and read the advice in its original context, if they want to.

Example:

DO use action verbs. But which ones? “Omit the dull and overused words like ‘Responsible for’, ‘Made’, ‘Participated’ with stronger replacements like ‘spearheaded,’ ‘created,’ ‘managed,’ or ‘delivered.’” From the Classy Career Girl blog post “Building a Resume: What Your Professor Didn’t Teach You

Steps for Discussion Board Week 6 post

Step 1

Remember you research photo collage from Week 2. Well, it’s time to show what you know about finding information. Do your resume advice research. In addition to LibGuide page and FIU Handshake, you may want to check out a blog or other online source like one of these:

  • Harvard Business Review: Provides articles and essays on work life and management with a focus on improving the practice of management in a changing world.
  • Classy Career Girl: Anna Runyan provides tips on how to find work you love or create a business you love.
  • Fast Company: Publishes stories on innovation in technology, leadership, world changing ideas, creativity, and design. Written for and about the most progressive business leaders.
  • Brendon Burchard: “No matter how small you start, start something that matters.”
  • Success: brings readers the thought leaders and success experts, both past and present, and reveals their key ideas and strategies to help you excel in every area of your personal and professional life.
  • The Muse: helps workers win at work, from professional advancement and skills-building to finding a job.
  • Penelope Trunk: Writing and providing advice at the intersection of work and life.
  • Glassdoor: covering everything related to career advice along with the latest company headlines.
  • Forbes: Providing news and advice on leadership, careers, and business.
  • Entrepreneur: News on starting your own business, leadership, work life, and franchising

Step 2

Make your list of three DOs and three DON’Ts for building a resume.

Step 3

Write a list-introduction paragraph that you’ll put in front of your list to let the reader know a bit about your research journey and choices.

Step 4

Be sure that for each item on your three DOs and three DON’Ts for building a resume list that you provide the URL to the original source. Let your readers follow in your footsteps if they want, going back to the source where you found the advice.Your initial post must be at least 200 words long.

ASSIGNMENT 2
Resume Advice Email to a Friend-This is a role-playing exercise that asks you to imagine this email exchange.

The set up:

You pretended that you worked for the City of Plantation and that your boss asked you to help evaluate candidates for a job. Now, imagine that you are another person. This person could have any job. To fill in the story completely, let’s pretend that you work for the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. Your job doesn’t matter for this activity but it’s fun for me to imagine that you are working there.

Here’s the part that matters, your friend has applied to work for the City of Plantation Florida, and recently learned that her application is “no longer under review.” Friend is shocked because Friend really thought she had a shot; her uncle has worked with the City of Plantation for more than 15 years and said he’d “Put in a good word for her.” He even said, “Don’t worry, we got this.”

You ask to see Friend’s resume.

[Use the one you picked as the worst when you were playing the hiring manager role for the Hiring Manager Challenge Report]

This resume is a hot mess! No wonder Friend didn’t get the job, even with Uncle’s help – and we only have Uncle’s word for it that anyone in Plantation local government gives a hoot about Uncle’s opinion.

You go home and snuggle with your Sweetheart. “Jeez,” you sigh. “I’ve got to find some way to help Friend with Friend’s crap resume. Friend didn’t get the Plantation job.”

Sweetheart puts down the dishes that Sweetheart has been drying and sits down next to you. “Yeah. You’d better work that out. Because I’ll tell you this, your friend can’t live here -- and we aren’t lending anybody any damn money.”

You go to the computer to write Friend an email with specific suggestions about how to improve the resume.

Step 1. Carefully review the crappy resume

Step 2. Remember the rhetorical triangle and consider the guidance about Writer’s self-presentation (Friend), Understanding your audience (City of Plantation Hiring managers) and Content/message, (the seemingly tiny choices that the writer makes in crafting a resume, like verbs and parallel structure to name a few.

Step 3. Write an email to Friend. Pick approach 1 OR 2; you don’t need to submit both.

  • Approach 1: Rewrite Friend’s resume, fixing what needs to be fixed. Your edits should be detailed and thoughtful.
  • Approach 2: Make a detailed list of at least 5 things that Friend should consider changing to make the resume more effective and for each item on your list, explain why these changes and following your advice will improve this resume and all of Friend’s resumes in the future.

Step 4. Your Resume Advice Email to a Friendis the Week 5 assignment that you must submit. If you choose Approach 1 there is no required word count. If you choose Approach 2 your entry must be at least 250 words long.

Resume Advice Email to a Friend Frequently Asked Questions

You: Can I work with a friend in class on this activity?

Me: Yes, that kind of effort is called collaborative learning. This is the kind of assignment where collaborative learning often works well. You and your classmate can exchange ideas and perceptions about the work. I hope you’ll find someone to collaborate with!

You: Really?

Me: Yep.

You: Okay, so do we each get our own grade?

Me: Yes, you work together but then submit separately. If you work with a friend or two, write to let me know by adding this sentence at the end of your entry for this assignment. I worked with ____________ to think and talk through this work.”

You: So, wait my friends and I can submit the same Week 6 assignment work and that's not cheating or plagiarism?

Me: Well, if you submit the exact same Week 6 Assignment response then it is likely that one person did most of the learning. We’ve all been on teams where one person does all or most of the writing and everyone else just copies that person’s work. Don’t do that here. You have a capable brain, and you learned by working through this assignment. Write your own Week 5 entry – in consultation with a friend or classmate. This class is about you

ASSIGNMENT 3-Thinking about Cover Letters

There are genuine debates, in this age of computer-scanned resumes, about how much longer prospective employers will continue to ask for cover letters as part of the standard application package. One thing is sure -- many job postings today still require this specialized document. The cover letter provides information to link the applicant’s skills and experiences to the job ad in a more narrative (storytelling) fashion than is possible with a resume.

For this assignment, you’ll write your own Recommended Cover Letter Resources Guide, providing a brief summary of what each resource on your guide offers that you find potentially useful to people who need to write a cover letter template to use in the future.

You’ll need to research cover-letter-writing advice, using resources from the class LibGuidepage, FIU Handshake, and any other source you personally find helpful, finding the three items that make up your Recommended Cover Letter Resources Guide.

For each source on your list, provide a brief but specific summary of what that resource offers that you find potentially useful to people who need to write a cover letter template to use in the future.

Example:

Resource Examples

General, vague summary

A specific, useful summary

This resource is good because there are lots of letters and examples that you can see to base yours on.

The article was published in the Harvard Business Review and starts with examples of how to write a strong opening sentence. It was published recently, so it includes helpful guidance on digital job applications.

And finally, be sure that for each item on your Recommended Cover Letter Resource Guide that you provide the URL to that source --the URL (web address) that you provide will let your readers instantly connect to any source you list that they are curious to investigate themselves.

Checklist for your Recommended Cover Letter Resources Guide submission:

  1. List three Cover-letter-advice related sources,
  2. Provide a useful summary for each listed source, (This is where people often sacrifice points because their summary isn’t usefully specific.)
  3. Provide the URL (web address) for each, and
  4. Be at least 200 words long.


ASSIGNMENT 4
Hiring Manager Challenge

This is a role-playing activity that challenges you to imagine the perspective of a hiring manager faced with a big decision and limited information.

The set up:

You work for the City of Plantation Florida and your boss has decided to expand the team. She puts you in charge of hiring a competent person with, as she puts it, “potential.”

Then she hands you a job ad and a stack of 11 resumes. “Pick two of these,” she says, “And we’ll bring them in for an interview.” We can forward the others to HR so they can be considered for future openings. But I don’t want to send all nine of the remaining candidates to HR. So, let me know who was at the very bottom of your ranking. We won’t forward that person’s resume.”

You go home and snuggle with your honey. “Best day ever,” you announce, “My boss really trusts me to make important decisions. One of the two people who I pick will be our new hire. Also, I have to identify the worst applicant and throw him or her out of the employer’s applicant pool.”

Your honey sits up and gives you a serious look, “Wow,” says Honey, “Your boss is really testing your judgment. The person you help hire may be around for years. The money you spend on that person’s salary will come from a limited budget. The work your team does is pubic facing; I mean, if this person isn’t suited for the team’s work, everyone will know and trace it all back to you. Also, who are you throwing out of the applicant pile; your decision there matters too. Jeez, I hope you don’t screw this up.”

  • Step 1. Carefully review the job ad
  • Step 2. Look over the resumes and make your selections
  • Step 3. Write an email to your boss, briefly explaining and ranking your top picks. Who did you pick and why? This email is your report. Here is a report template. You can use this or write the email using only your own words. Your email-to-the-boss report must be at least 250 words long.
  • Step 4. Post your email-to-the-boss report on the Week 5 discussion board
  • Step 5. As you read other people’s posts, do you become more or less sure of your initial answer? You may want to go back to amend your initial post. Be sure to explain what helped change your mind.

Hiring Manager Challenge Report Frequently Asked Questions:

You: Can I work with a friend in class on this activity?

Me: Yes, that kind of effort is called collaborative learning. This is the kind of assignment where collaborative learning often works well. You and your classmate can exchange ideas and perceptions about the work. I hope you’ll find someone to collaborate with!

You: Really?

Me: Yep.

You: Okay, so do we each get our own grade?

Me: Yes, you work together but then post separately. If you work with a friend or two, write to let me know by adding this sentence at the end of your post for this week. I worked with ____________ to think and talk through this work.”

You: So, wait my friends and I can submit the same email-to-the-boss report and that's not cheating or plagiarism?

Me: Well, if you submit the same report, then it is likely that one person did most of the learning. We’ve all been on teams where one person does all or most of the writing and everyone else just copies that person’s work. Don’t do that here. You have a capable brain; and you learned by working through this activity. Write your own email-to-the-boss report – in consultation with a friend or classmate. This class is about you.








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