Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Small Talk

Small talk is always important in business to gain a sense of interest in another employee. Small talk will help you relate to others and get you working as a team more. There are however some inappropriate things that should not be discussed such as religion or beliefs. Good small talk conversations can include sports, TV, movies, news, entertain, travel and vacations, work experience, family, and more. These are simple conversations that will help you gain a "work friendship" with other employees. Besides getting to know others better, small talk can also help you with your communication skills. Communication skills are extremely important in the business industry.

A Proper LinkedIn Account

This link discusses how to make a LinkedIn account. It addresses that if you do not know how to make a proper account, do not make one at all. Having a poor or not updated account can hurt you more than not having one at all. This is because others can view your page and will see you are slacking, don't care, or simply don't have the skills to be in one of the biggest professional networks. This website shows you exactly how to make your LinkedIn page perfect. You always need to have a picture. In the headline, discuss exactly who you are and what you do. Only reach out to people you find will benefit you and you can partake in discussions with them. Reach out to people in order to get recommendations, especially someone within your industry. Only address the skills that you are confident you can use in the interview and on the job. Lastly, always update any information or other people and company's will not know the real you.

It takes more than just a resume!

This article states that yes, it is important for your resume to address anything and everything your employer will want to know. However, there is much more than a resume that will indiciate if you are the right person for the job.  For example, your resume may say you were a server at job and what your duties were, but it doesn't say whether or not you handled your job well or if you communicated with others well. A resume also doesn't show the attidtude of the job seeker. The attitude of someone can only be concluded after a face to face meeting, not through a piece of paper such as a resume. Another reason a job requires more than a resume is because it is not easy to address everything you need to say, such as your leadership skills and how you have been a leader in your past careers. There are many reasons why interviews are so important in getting a job. The main reason is because the resume simply does not cover everything that the employer may need to know in order to hire the right employee for the job.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Finding A Job

This video was helpful to me. In the video, people are talking about the hardest part of any career is the search. It discusses many ways that one can find a job via online, ads, networking, and more. Throughout the video there are employers that talk about what they seek for when hiring. Most of them say its whoever stands out. The main goal is to get the employer to remember you. The first step is to avoid any mistakes in your resume. Mistake automatically show lack of care, and your name and resume is now at the bottom of the pile. Winning resumes are honest, neat, and professional. It is said that a resume must make an impact on its reader withing the first five seconds in order to get the employee even slightly noticed. Yes, I do think this video was useful and I could use some of its information in getting a job in the future.

Ten Commandments of Resumes

Yes, I found this video useful, but not so much helpful. This video goes on to talk about how to write a resume. It says how a resume is one of the most important things in the of getting a job. It is one of the things that will set you apart from the other competition. The video explains that your resume has to catch the employers attention. It says that you want to focus on the employers needs, not yours. Your resume needs to convince the employer that you are the one they should hire. More useful information this video gives is advise to research the job. Know all about it so you look knowledagble and as if you very interested in this opportunity. If you can, you need to network your resume. It is all about who you know and having recommendations. Always keep in touch with old employers to get good recommendations in the work field. Lastly, the video says to always include a cover letter. In the cover letter you should include the information you found in your research and the reason why you are the right choice for this job. As I said, this video was useful. All these tips were important, but most of them are common sense. Something this video could have added for example would be explaining how to get the readers attention or how to make the resume focus on your employers needs and not your own. Yes, I could definitly use this video to tweak my resume, but like I said, it could be a little more helpful with better examples.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Resumes

The first resume I put together was my senior year of high school. All the colleges I applied to, required me to submit a resume. When making it, all I really knew to put on it was my education, experience, and activities. When I got to college, I had a class that went over how to make a resume and the different websites that can help create one. I have added to my resume skills and honors/achievement. One question that I have about resumes is how long it should be? I have had professors who told me only one page because no one wants to read more then that and your resume will just get thrown at the bottom of the pile and I have also heard more then one page because it shows you have more experience and have been more involved. When writing my resume today, I would definitely get the help of a resume builder because it shows you everything you need to include in a resume. All you have to do it fill it in.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Persuasive Writing

The persuasive writing example that I found was written by a student persuading her principal to open a school store. She uses the logical approach by stating logical and true facts as to why the store would be beneficial. She formatted the letter into 3 paragraphs and uses the direct approach. The first paragraph is her planning, the second paragraph is persuading the principal on why he should open a school store, and finally the last paragraph asks for his permission. This targets the principal because he is who the students go to when they have ideas about improving the school. She takes the approach of trying to convince the principal that the store with be very convenient for all students. She tries to take a sincere and concerned voice. She wants to show him she is very into the project and wants it to happen. This letter communicates what the store will benefit to the students such as school supplies including pens, notebooks, calculators, etc. I personally find this letter to communicate to reader effectively. She uses the you-viewpoint and also uses the direct approach, which keeps the reader interested. The only thing I would do better is in the second paragraph, I would include more facts on how opening the school store would benefit the school as well and not only the students.