Fixed Summary 2
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In Catherine Hibbard’s article “Using Bullet Points and Lists” she explains that while writing a business document bullets are visually appealing and make it easier to find important information. She states the difference between bullet points and numbering in that you only want to use numbers (1,2,3) or letters (a,b,c) when you are trying to indicate chronology or importance. The best time to use bullet points would be when you have a list of things that are all equally of value and importance. Hibbard explains that bullets are easier to read if put in parallel form. Parallel form is when all items listed in a series begin with the same parts of speech, and are given a similar format. She throws in a helpful hint; using action words to start the bullet is one of the easier ways to create a list. Also, while using bullet points try to follow the following points; keep lists brief, begin with action words, make verb tenses consistent, and limit your list to three or six. This is a very informational article if you are trying to write a business or technical document and want to make it look respectable.



Journal #4
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Journal #4

Referral = http://myfuture.com/careers/articles-advice/creating-your-cover-letter#sample-letter

1)      John D. Smith, Hunan Resource Director

2)      The first paragraph is restating the referral and telling why he is interested in the position.

The second paragraph is introducing his past experiences in the past few years. The third paragraph is expressing his love for the product itself and the company he is applying to. The last paragraph states his contact information and says he will be calling in the next week.

3)      Mr. Higgins major accomplishments are received a prize in the school science fair, worked weekends as a telephone call representative for two years, and managed a small online bookstore with over $600 in sales for the month.

4)      I feel he makes his argument emotional because he mentions how the referral is a mutual friend and also talk about how much he love the business and its product halfway though like it’s going to buy him brownie points for liking the company.

5)      He addresses the audience four times within the letter. This would make it seem as though they might have met once before.

6)      I would have picked better this to write down as my accomplishments and out more information about the position that I’m applying for rather than talk up the company for brownie points. 

 

Responds to a specific ad = http://www.quintcareers.com/sample_ad_letter.html

1)      Judy Sumner, Atlanta Board of Education

2)      The first paragraph states where they found the ad and the reason they think they are suitable for this position. The second paragraph gives a name of a specific reference and says that Mrs. Sumner has had the same responsibilities in the past. The Third paragraph gives details about her resume and mentions that she has a master degree in that field. The last paragraph says that she will be calling in a few days and also list her contact information.

3)      Mrs. Smith’s major accomplishments are planning, administration, and student-parent counseling. Also in the same paragraph she talks about her master’s degree and teaching certificate received in Georgia. 

4)      I feel she makes her argument with logic because as she states in the first paragraph, she is the multi-talented teacher they are looking for in their multi-talented teacher advertisement. She uses specific words from the advertisement and gives reasons why she is what they need.

5)      Mrs. Smith addresses the audience only three times, and mentions that she has a reference from a friend. So I would assume she has never met Mrs. Sumner before.

6)      I think the first paragraph of this letter is horrible; the way she tried to start it off just makes her look dumb. I would have come up with another entry paragraph and gave a little more detail on her qualifications for the job.

Unsolicited = http://www.careercenter.sjsu.edu/students/launch/Resume_covLet/sample_docs/UnsolicitedCoverLetter.pdf

1)      Jonathon Arvidson, Head of the Reference Department.

2)      The first paragraph gives a little background information on the student and explains why they want the position. The second paragraph gives her experiences and previous places of employment. The last small paragraph thanks them for their time and gives her contact information along with saying she will call in a few days.

3)      The major accomplishments Melissa chose to highlight were teaching library instruction workshops, a peer advisor at the career center, and that she is a good people person with great customer service skills.

4)      This cover letter uses credibility to make their main appeal because she only talks about the things she has done or experienced that would make her a great candidate for the job.

5)      Ms. Taylor addresses her audience sparingly throughout the cover letter showing that she does not know the employer personally but is interested in the job.

6)      I would have improved this letter by not putting “GO BULLDOGS” at the end other than that I feel this is not that bad of a cover letter for a student trying to get a librarian job.



summary 2
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Summary 2

        “What Color is Your Parachute” by Richard Bolles is an informational piece that offers helpful tips and guidelines about changing your career. He explains that there are many different reasons for wanting a new job and going about it with knowledge and confidence makes it an easier process. It can be for many reasons; salary change, employee issues, horrible boss, or even just looking for a change of pace. Bolles talks about the eight parts to a career, each pertaining to a certain part of the work force. When deciding what to do with your career choice its best to figure out which of those eight areas you are most unhappy with and start from there. After deciding which areas you want to change, the next step is making sure you have the proper education for the position. He gives you an ultimatum between going back to college to further your degree, making yourself more marketable or not going back to school and just sorting through the skill you already have and let them point you in the direction of a new career. There are many activities one can do to help bring your skills to the surface so the decision is easier. This article is very helpful if you are thinking about a new career and need to get the ball rolling.


Journal #3
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Journal #3

Overview Statement: What you are about to read is my review of three resumes about how I can be influenced by their professional writing skills.

1)      http://www.resume-resource.com/exmed7.html

This individual is applying for a less professional job. However, their resume still looks neat and states Mr. Seburn’s intentions at his new place of employment. He listed his experiences orderly with bullets underneath giving even a little extra detail about he achieved while being employed there.

2)      http://www.bestsampleresume.com/resumes/business/business-management-resume.html

Mr. Anderson is working in the highly professional field and his resume looks the part. Everything is organized and kept straight to the point. At the end of the resume there is a highlight section which I thought was very creative. There is where he listed the positive points or achievements of his past jobs.

3)      http://www.bestsampleresume.com/resumes/business/business-owner-resume.html

In this resume, Mr. Anderson has taken another approach to writing a resume on more sophisticated level. He is now an owner of a business and noticeably right away the resume is longer and gives more detail with his entire career history.

 

Influences:

While reading these resumes I was greatly influenced by the structure of the sentences. They flowed nicely and were full of describing words to increase in reader’s attention. One resume was longer than the others but gave a good representation of what capabilities the individual had to offer. To me is seems smart to put a section where you can talk about your achievements in a past job because just by saying you worked there doesn’t show what kind of worker you were. Another thing I am partial to is the short paragraph in the beginning explaining about yourself and what type of qualities the new employer should expect. By going through and picking out action verbs I really noticed what the person was good at or helped accomplished. When I write my resume it will be organized and show what kind of worker I am before going into a lot of detail, I don’t want them to just scan it and throw it in the trash.

 

 

Top Ten Action Verbs:

1)      Assisted

2)      Dedicated

3)      Improved

4)      Focused

5)      Manage

6)      Succeeded

7)      Launched

8)      Extended

9)      Oversaw

10)   Directed



Fixed Journal #2
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Amanda Bennett

Journal #2

9/17/2010

~Researching carefully and completely

~Correcting punctuation and grammar

 

AUDIENCE: My audience is usually a professor from my course schedule. However, in the future it

could be anyone from a co-worker to a CEO of the company in which I’m employed. This would require

that I keep my writing at a professional level.

SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT: While researching information it should be done on a schedule so I am positive I will have enough time to gather enough data and make a reasonable argument. When looking for sources I need to consider a variety of different outlooks on my topic. Afterwards, correcting the punctuation and grammar should only takes a few minutes and will catch many mistakes I missed the first time around. 

PURPOSE FOR WRITING: When researching my main goal is to find enough information to complete the assignment. I want to prove that I am capable of finding reliable information on my own and pull it all together in a professional manner to wow my reader. As far as the grammatical part, I need to use correct sentence structure and sophisticated vocabulary to meet the standard of work I am expected to do.

GOALS FOR THE INFORMATION: Hopefully in the next few years I will be happily employed and my boss can use my reports/research in an efficient manner because it will be done correctly. With minimal errors I want to the person my co-workers can ask for advice about how to find new information and put it together in writing.

METHODOLOGY: To research efficiently I will need to make an organized schedule a few weeks in advance. Working on the project ahead of time will give me time to find multiple sources and create a juicy outline. I would plan on working on a little bit every day so I continuously make progress. After coming up with a semi-final draft, I will a friend or someone revise my work one more time to check for errors. When I feel I have come up with final draft I will have all my sources cited and punctuation correct.

CONTENT OUTLINE:  First I will start with a local library branch and look for hard copy references. Then go online and search for scholarly journals as more information to back up my argument. With days of looking for research, I will start to pull ideas from them and create an outline. With my ideas down on paper I can start putting them into complete sentences and transitions. It helps to have a personal reference as well, so an interview would be of great interest. Then comes the revision process, I will sit down and section by section work out the kinks. Once I am completely satisfied with my work I will consider it finished.



Journal #2
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Amanda Bennett

Jounral #2

9/17/2010

~Researching carefully and completely

~Correcting punctuation and grammer


AUDIENCE: My audience is usually a professor from my course schedule. However, in the future it
could be anyone from a co-worker to a CEO of the company in which i'm employed. This would require
that i keep my writing at a professional level majority of the time.

SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT:  While researching information it should be done on a schedule so I am positive
 I will have enough time to gather enough data and make a reasonable argument. When looking for sources 
I need to consider a variety of different outlooks on my topic. Afterwards, correcting the punctuation
and grammer should only takes a few minutes and will catch many mistakes I missed the first
time around. 

PURPOSE FOR WRITING:  When researching my main goal is to find enough information to complete the assignment. I want to prove that I am capable of finding reliable information on my own and pull it all together in a professional manner to wow my reader. As far as the gramatical part, I need to use correct sentence structure and sufisticated vocabulary to meet the standard of work i am expected to do.

 
GOALS FOR THE INFORMATION: Hopefully in the next few years I will be happily enployed and my boss can use my reports/research in an efficiant manner becasue it will be done correctly. With minimal errors I want to the the person my co-workers can ask for advise about how to find new information and put it together in writing.

METHODOLOGY: To research efficiently I will need to make a organized schedule a few weeks in advance. Working on the project ahead of time will give me time to find multiple sources and create a juicy outline. I would plan on working on a little bit every day so I continuously make progress. After coming up with a semi-final draft, I will a friend or someone revise my work one more time to check for errors. When I feel I have come up with final draft I will have all my sources cited and punctuation correct.

CONTENT OUTLINE: First I will start with a local library branch and look for hard copy references. Then go online and search for scholarly journals as more information to back up my argument. With days of looking for research, I will start to pull ideas from them and create an outline. With my ideas down on paper I can start putting them into complete sentences and transitions. It helps to have a personal reference as well, so an interview would be of great interest. Then comes the revision process, I will sit down and section by section work out the kinks. Once i am completely satisified with my work I will consider it finished.
 



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Summary 1
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In Richard Nelson Bolles’ article “What Color Is Your Parachute” he explains the reasons for wanting a new job and how to go about getting that new job. Bolles states that there will never be a “right time” to change careers and unwanted obstacles will always be in the way. He explains that there are eight parts of a job or career and when you make a career-change you must change one or more of those eight. Wither or not you take a dramatic career change or not you will still be changing two or more of these parts. The two that are most likely to change are; the fields of knowledge needed and the talents and skills needed. By changing these two you are changing the essence of career change: your job title and the field you work in. Nelson continuously talks about the difficulties of changing a career, the path will not be easy but success is waiting at the end.



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Journal Entry 1

                The three writing skills that I need to work on developing are:  researching carefully and completely, developing my vocabulary and voice, and showing what is actually important. With researching carefully and completely I have trouble finding a starting point with websites or books. Once I get started and have a direction of focus I can cruise right along. I personally need to work on being able to use clues and start research on my own. The second skill is my biggest writing flaw. Developing new vocabulary and voice can be extremely hard when I usually only write to one audience and don’t have much experience with it. As a writer I have also lack in grammar and vocabulary, making it hard to produce my best work. Also, I’m not the best speller so I tend to shy away from bigger words due to the fact that I don’t want to get them wrong. The last skill, showing what is actually important, is something that I have been working on since I came to Walsh and have made improvements but not enough. While trying to extend my vocabulary I will add in unnecessary words or phrases when I need to just keep it short and sweet.


Amanda Bennett
 


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