Blog postings and substantive replies
- 1 Blog Posts - Original Posts & Substantive Replies
- 2 Completeness
- 3 Blog Posts - Themes
- 3.1 Week 1: Introduce Yourself: Your Name, Major / Field of Study, and the Types of Jobs / Companies you are looking to work for
- 3.2 Week 2: Three (3) CAR Stories from Your Work Experience (Aligned to the desired Job Description / Ad)
- 3.3 Week 3: Identify and Research Employers of Interest
- 3.4 Week 4: Information & Mock Interviews
- 3.5 Week 5: Course Learnings & Takeaways
Blog Posts - Original Posts & Substantive Replies
- Each week, you MUST blog about your experience of the interview process. (This is MANDATORY).
- The blog posts will help prepare you to write the Final Paper
- There are no grades for each blog post.
- They MUST be 250 words with substantive information / content AND substantive replies to at least two (2) of your peers (75 words for each person).
- Posts that are less than 250 words are NOT considered "complete", and will forfeit credit for the week's post - and lose 10 points off your Grade for the Final Paper.
- Contributors who do not respond substantively to at least two peers - will forfeit credit for the week's post - and lose 10 points off your Grade for the Final Paper.
- Substantive replies are NOT required for the last (Week 5) blog post.
BLOG POSTS DUE: Wednesdays by 11:59 pm
- You are required to reply substantively (75 words per person) to blog posts of your peers and colleagues - and continue the discussion thread / conversation as appropriate. Feel free to share your thoughts and advice.
REPLIES DUE: Fridays by 11:59 pm
- Be aware of:
- Connection / Alignment to Week's Theme
- Focus on what you Learned
- A SMART Goal for What You Are Going To Do Differently
- Writing / Presentation Quality
Blog Posts - Themes
Week 1: Introduce Yourself: Your Name, Major / Field of Study, and the Types of Jobs / Companies you are looking to work for
Week 2: Three (3) CAR Stories from Your Work Experience (Aligned to the desired Job Description / Ad)
- CAR Story 1
- CAR Story 2
- CAR Story 3
Week 3: Identify and Research Employers of Interest
Tip: This blog post requires that you actually do research - and you can do this at the Library, on the company website, news releases, LinkedIN, etc. Also, this is where networking and information interviews are very helpful - as they help you to connect the dots with hard to find, but important information.
Questions to Ask / Find the Information You Need
- What is the Job / Role? What are you going to do?
- What is the Organization? What do they do? What industry are they in?
- What is their Business?
- Who are their customers, markets, competitors
- Are they making money? Losing money?
- Are they in a regulated industry (i.e., energy, utilities, transportation);
- Are they unionized?
- What Problems / Challenges are they facing ("Pain)
- Who is the Hiring Manager / Decision-Maker; Team Members - what are their backgrounds - what do they do, where have they worked before?
- What is the culture of the organization like (you get this from networking / information interview)
- Do people like to work there? Why/Why not? What is the average length of time that people stay in the organization?
Week 4: Information & Mock Interviews
Tip: The blog posting for this week involves sharing the information you learned regarding setting up, conducting, assessing / evaluating Information Interviews and Mock Interviews - and what you will do differently as a result of what you observed or learned.
Week 5: Course Learnings & Takeaways
- What did I learn? How has this affected my understanding of the job search / interviewing process - from the perspective of employee and employer (hiring manager).
- What will I do differently? How Will I Handle Challenging Situations? How will I demonstrate this learning (i.e., experiment, put it into practice?)
- What are the Top 3 Actions that I will take to learn more / achieve my goals? Make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-based).