Friday, September 28, 2007

Nice work, Quiesha!

Please visit to see a great summary of how to write a good business letter.

The blog topic that is due Sunday night is list on the post below this one.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Blog Topic for the Week of Sept 24

This week's blog topic is similar to last week's. I'd like you to visit this link: These articles pertain to resume and cover letter writing. Please look for articles that catch your eye and reflect on them in your blog.

Two of the articles that caught my eye are the ones on sneaky job hunter tactics. The first article doesn't actually condone the tactics, but it certainly doesn't dissuade the job hunter from trying such things as putting a fake message at the top of a resume from someone named "Bob" to try to make it look like someone in the company is recommending the candidate. I think that even if you have learned that a company uses software that would allow these notes to be typed at the top of a submitted resume, it is a really bad idea to fake have a contact within the company. The second article really seems to drive that idea home, stating that it can cause your resume to wind up in the garbage can.

My personal advice is to play it honest. List your skills. If you know the resume is going to be searched in an electronic database like Monster, it's okay to use nouns that would likely come up in the search engine. Beyond that, I wouldn't try to second guess the kind of software that a company uses to review applicants. I think companies will always be one step ahead of people who try to cheat the system, and just applying honestly is going to give you a better chance of landing an interview.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Blog topic for the week of Sept. 17

There are a number of short articles about interviewing, as well as comments from readers, at this Web site: Visit the site and read a couple of the articles whose titles catch your attention. Respond to what you have read in your blog. Did anything that you read surprise you? Was there anything that you had not previously considered important for an interviewee to know? Did you learn anything useful that you will be able to apply to future interviews? Was there any advice with which you did not agree? If so, why did you disagree?

This article caught my eye: Now, logicially, I know that you want to fit into the culture of the place where you interview, so it makes sense to dress the part. Still, I was surprised to learn that at Amazon, interviewees who were overdressed were "snickered at" by the current employees of the company. I guess I always assumed that dressing up in the nicest possible suit was the best choice. I pretty much thought that even if everyone else was dressed casually, it'd be best to dress like I really wanted the job. However, I can see how this could work against a person at a very casual company.

With that in mind, I believe it really is important to investigate the company in every possible way prior to the interview. Now, I have one more idea about how I can do that. I already knew about researching them on paper, but now I see I should investigate the culture of the establishment in person, if at all possible. If I am interviewing at UGA for a professorship in a few years, I would probably need to go over and walk through the buildings where the education classes take place, getting a feel for how people dress when they teach. I think I'd need to be more dressed up than a person on a regular work day; still, I wouldn't need to overdo it if they tend to dress casually in that department.

At any rate, this is a very interesting perspective, one that I had not previously considered.

Friday, September 14, 2007


The blog topic for this week's blog is in the post below this one. Make sure you have it posted by midnight on Sunday, September 16.

As I mentioned in an email to you on Monday, you need to print a job description, internship description, or graduate program description to class with you on Monday, September 17.

If you are in my 9:05 class, please remember to bring a draft or your resume with you on that same day. If you are in one of the other classes, please bring your resume draft on Wednesday, September 19.

Each group needs to send me the link for its group blog URL, if you have not done this already. You may also leave a comment on my blog with the link, if you prefer.

Groups should be researching and planning the client project now. With the exception of the 10:10 class, all clients have now visited us and given us information to help us begin. If you have any questions, don't hesistate to ask me or the client. Be sure to have one person in your group make a project update each week on the group blog, as your clients will be visiting these next week.

Don't forget that you will be giving a five-minute presentation very soon! If you don't know your topic yet, you should make a decision this weekend in order to give yourself adequate time to prepare.

Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Blog Topic for the Week of Sept. 10

This week, I would like for all of you to begin thinking about your resume and mock interview. As you look for a job description to bring me on Monday, it is important that you think about your future very seriously. As a result, I'd like for you to write a post about what you would like your life to be like in ten years.

For me, ten years doesn't seem like it's as far away as it likely does for you guys. (After you have kids, the years pass by much more quickly, lol.) I want to finish my Ph.D. in 2008, so this means that my career should change quite a bit. I have set pretty lofty goals for myself, but that's what got me to this point, so I might as well continue.

I would actually like to be back at Clemson in tens years' time. I plan to go to another school to teach for a couple of years after graduation; I think I'd like to teach at UGA because they have an excellent Education program. I am hoping that my career will really take off while I'm there. My goal is to have my dissertation published as a book; additionally, I plan to write a autobiographical novel about my own experiences while writing the dissertation. (Dissertation topic: What are the coping stategies of teen mothers who go on to two and four year colleges? I think this can be used to create a program that teaches other teen moms how to do it.)

I want to be on Oprah's show to discuss the novel/dissertation. Dream big, I always say. I really want to promote the program and get federal funding to put it in place. I believe the publicity attached to appearing on the Oprah show might help me with that. I wouldn't be opposed to winning an Oscar for writing a screenplay adaption of my novel; but my primary focus will be getting the program for teen moms going.

When I return to Clemson, I'd like to have such solid funding that I could start a laboratory school (kind of like what John Dewey did in the 20s) right here at Clemson. It'd be a school for the children of teen moms. In other words, the teen moms would be getting their degrees here without having to worry about daycare for their kids. My laboratory school would use incredibly innovative instructional techniques, modeled to an extent after the Reggio Emilia program in Italy. Meanwhile, the teen moms would have mentors to help them make it through their studies.

Of course, those are merely my professional goals. Personally, I'd like to be watching my two wonderful children blossum into happy young adults, living out their own professional and personal dreams. I'd like to be the kind of mom who talks to them every single day, regardless of where they live. I want to support them in all that they endeavor to do.

I want to still be married to my wonderful husband, hopefully having convinced him that travelling is good by that point. (He's not a fan of leaving the country.) I hope we are able to travel around together, learning about different cultures and just enjoying the freedom of being able to do that.

I will want to have a closer relationship with my other family members, bringing my life full circle. Being the first person in your family to go to college is a big thing, but it can alienate you to an extent. (I write this because I know some of you may soon be going through that.) It's just because your life can be so different with an education. I want to honor my family's culture with my writing... maybe doing a novel about my grandparents raising all those kids in the mountains. I want them to know that they have been a very important part of me getting to this point in my life.

Above all, I want to keep balance in my life by keeping my faith a top priority. One's faith, is, of course, a private thing, so I will not discuss that here. But I want to live both my professional and personal lives in such a way that I keep my faith a focus. That is very important to me.

So, ten years from now, I want to be there, in this world I've just described. I wish you luck as you endeavor to figure out where you want to go during this upcoming phase of your lives.

Friday, September 07, 2007

For all you FANBOY Fans...

Note: This is not the video you need to blog about this weekend. It's the one in the post below... =o)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Blog Topic for the Week of Sept. 5

I am enjoying all your introductory blogs! I hope that this next topic will prompt posts that are equally interesting.

For this week, I would like for you to watch this video:

Now, I'd like you to respond. What do you think the title of the video means? How does Web 2.0 affect someone who is ready to enter the workforce? How does it affect people who are already in the workforce? What do you think it means when it says that we will have to rethink everything?

Remember, this post is due on Sunday night, Sept. 9, at midnight.