Career Portfolio

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Career Portfolio
revised assignment instructions - March 15, 2011

Prepare a sales plan for your most important product—yourself.

□ Cover page – with your name, MAN 3301 Human Resource Management, spring 2011, and the job title of the desired job you want to pursue after graduation.

□ Table of contents

□ A one-two page summary that describes:
o Your desired (ideal) job after graduation.
▪ Why do you want to work in this occupation? ▪ What company or companies have this job?
▪ What are the job prospects for this occupation? ▪ What is the average starting salary? How do you know this? o What you learned about yourself in doing this assignment and how you think this assignment will help you in the future.

□ Resume:
o A “before” version (your raw, initial resume) o An “after” version (your perfected resume with action words, accomplishments, and everything else we reviewed in class (see link on Angel). Feel free to do a Google search and use these findings to enhance your resume further.) o In a couple of paragraphs describe how you improved your resume and why you believe that this new version will be more effective.

□ Cover letter: Use the examples covered in class as a guide or seek additional guidance from a Google search.

□ Create a job description for the job you are seeking. o You may contact the HR department of the targeted job/company and ask for them to send you a copy as part of a course assignment – many HR departments will do this to help you out! o Conduct a Google search and hand cut and paste/ structure a job description based on the various information you find. o Go to http://www.onetonline.org/ . This is the O*Net which is the governmental sponsored database of all job titles. o Include essential and non-essential job duties and the KSAO’s needed to perform the job duties.

□ Preparation for the interview
o Write answers to twelve common interview questions which can be found below. o Anticipate and create three situational questions based on your job description.

□ Report on what you can do to ensure a successful interview – use bullet points. o What will you do to prepare?
o What will you do to ensure you make a good first impression? o What will be keys to having a successful interview? o What will you do once the interview has concluded?

□ Excellent composition, spelling, grammar

Due: April 13

COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. Many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list, plan your answers ahead of time and you'll be ready to deliver them with confidence.

1. So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’d be very surprised if you haven’t been asked this one at every interview. It’s probably the most asked question because it sets the stage for the interview and it gets you talking. Be careful not to give the interviewer your life story here. You don’t need to explain everything from birth to present day. Relevant facts about education, your career and your current life situation are fine.

2. What Are Your Weaknesses?
This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing your weakness and emphasizing your strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits: "I am always working on improving my communication skills to be a more effective presenter. I recently joined Toastmasters, which I find very helpful."

3. Why Should We Hire You?
Summarize your experiences: "With five years' experience working in the financial industry and my proven record of saving the company money, I could make a big difference in your company. I'm confident I would be a great...
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