Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
After discussing some the Just memo, I was appalled that it was actually referring to humans. I was first thinking he was referring to some kind of animal (which is just as horrible), but to see that he was talking about humans is disturbing. Using words like merchandise and pieces shows how wrong and unethical many were during the Holocaust. Ethical lapses like this show us how important it is to hold on to your ethical standards when writing, especially in the workplace. It is easy to lose sight when you know your job is on the line! When I enter the workforce, I hope to learn and grow without jeopardizing my beliefs and ethical principles. Any time I write something, I’ll be sure to step back from the situation and ask myself it falls in line with my belief system.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Of the last presentations, I really enjoyed Jeremy’s presentation on tattoos. I thought it was very interesting and informative for people considering getting a tattoo. I have one so I could definitely relate when he talked about things to keep in mind when deciding to get one. As for online portfolios, the only type I’ve made is the required e-portfolio to graduate. It was somewhat enforced when I first came to Clemson but advisors haven’t really talked much about them since freshman year. I thought the concept of it was great because it showcases all of our work over time and it isn’t that hard to put together. To make sure I’m ready for the portfolio draft that is due at the end of March, I need to have my resume, cover letter & follow-up letter finished along with the first part of our projects.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I thought the cover letter advice from Collegegrad.com was for the most part helpful. I thought it was interesting that the cover letter is often read after the resume! I just assumed that since it is essentially an opening to your resume, it was always read first. One thing that I am guilty of is mass-emailing my resume a few times. In my mind I thought it couldn’t hurt, but after reading how much of a waste of time it is and how important it is to personalize to each company, I won’t do that again! One thing I thought was unfortunate to read was that most entry level resumes are simply filed away. It was very discouraging as an undergrad to see but definitely a beneficial reality check. Another thing that I thought was helpful was its emphasis on researching and learning about the company to show your interest. I wrote my cover letter for internships about a year ago and will definitely be modifying it so it pertains more to each specific company. There were a few things I didn’t agree with on the site like the postscript technique. Depending on how conservative a company is, I think the P.S. may be too informal and may not be taken seriously, especially if it is handwritten. I think the cover letter checklist is very useful because it sums up everything your cover letter should include. It helps wean out anything that doesn’t look appealing to prospective companies. I thought this advice was very valuable and I plan on reviewing my cover letter to make it as professional as possible.