Module 16 pp. 271 – 274
The following Portfolios were created outside the Blackboard platform, but they are a good example of the content and tone you may consider for your portfolio. (You may look for others on the web related to your specific field.) Consider which stands out to you and what would you like to imitate. Note: Some use Wix, a platform you may also use.
http://hannahlynnes.wixsite.com/hannahsims – Nursing
http://patiencemarsh.wixsite.com/portfolio – Hospitality Management
https://eeu0001.wixsite.com/emily-unwin – Nutrition and Dietetics
https://lagcc-cuny.digication.com/george_donald_ep_scholars_fall2014/AboutMe/ – Accounting
CREATE and POST
Complete both parts in the same post.
Part 1: Discuss some of the Portfolios above. Which ones stood out, and why? Which ones did not stand out, and why? Which ones would you like to imitate? How can you make yours even better than theirs?
Part 2: Post two artifacts (pages) from your Final Portfolio in progress.
Introduction: The first page of your Final Portfolio is an introduction to the readers. It should provide an overview of your professional goals and the path you have set to lead you to success. It can also include as much (or as little) personal information as you care to share. (see Final Portfolio instructions).
Professional Philosophy: This was drafted in the Week 1 Blog. You should review the statement, revise it, and post along with your introduction.
No Attachments. Please post directly into the discussion text box. While no specific word count is required, this is a upper level class, and you are expected to provide full, meaningful responses.
Review to two peers’ comments and their portfolio items. Specifically address the following areas of your peers’ posts:
Style and Tone: Is the tone appropriate? Who do you think the audience is, based on the tone?
Content: Does the content provide enough information to get a feel for the individual?
Grammar and Mechanics: Is the content easy to read? Is it error free?
Feedback: What suggestions do you have for peer to strengthen the portfolio pages?
Part of your grade for this course will require you to “manage” your thread. During Week Three,
Check your own thread for replies from your instructor and peers
Select some of the key responses from your peers and reply to them
Reply to questions your instructor has.
Your Professional Leadership Statement
Unit 5, Modules 17-20 focus on various qualities of leadership, including how to listen, how to work in groups, how to conduct meetings, and how to present orally.
For this final blog of the course, you will create a Professional Leadership Statement based on your experience as well as your reading of these modules in your book.
What is a Leadership Statement?
A Leadership Statement is a self-reflective exercise that asks you to think about your purpose in leading, your values, and your beliefs about who you are as a leader and how you lead others.
We will begin by identifying the core experiences and role models that have influenced their leadership. Many find this to be a chance to include a personal experience of leadership (think Class President in high school or Shift Manager at Starbucks). Others may describe someone who has led them in the past (think Pastor Rick from church, Sargent Rios from the Army, Mrs. Smith from middle school, or Coach Thompson from pee-wee football).
Leaders understand the we vision something that inspires an organization, investors, or a department. No smart leader would consider leadership without thinking about others first.
Yet few leaders can clearly identify their own personal beliefs on leadership. So, if leaders consider the we vision vital to organizational success, why dont they think its equally vital to have one for themselves, given that they are leading?
What You Need to Include
As you reflect on your Personal Leadership Statement should address some these questions:
What is your core purpose as a leader? Why are you here, doing what you do? Why would anyone want to be led by you?
What type of leader are you? What models of leadership speak to your experience and/or how you want to be perceived when you are in a position of leadership?
How do you demonstrate leadership through written communication? How do you use written communication to lead meetings and presentations?
Who are your leadership role models and what did you learn from them? Who is your inspiration? What three or four critical events in your life shaped your beliefs about leadership?
What do you believe about leading and motivating people? What values and principles are reflected in your plans, decisions, and actions when leading others?
What can people expect from you? What are your intentions and commitments? How do you set an example?
What do you expect from your people?
How to Create Your Leadership Statement
You may approach this assignment in several ways. You could, of course, write it out in several paragraphs (250-500 words). If you choose the paragraph format, include a graphic, photo, or other visual element to your blogs to earn full credit on the rubric.
You could re-think this statement, though by representing it through visuals or collaging it. You could create an infographic as you did for the Week 2 Blog.
Be sure to reference the ideas in your book. You do not need to quote and cite directly, but you should make it clear that you have carefully reviewed Unit 5.
Cover Letters, Resumes, Recommendations and Follow up Correspondence
This week, you will be asked to put together a “package” for a position in a company for whom you would like to work. Imagine, for a moment your dream job in a company in your area or even nationally that meets with your career goals. With that company in mind, you will complete the following:
1. Write a Prospecting Letter
Write a Prospecting Letter. See Unit 7, Module 28, pp. 474-481
A prospecting letter is, in short, a letter written to a company that is NOT actively searching for a candidate publicly. Pick a company you would like to work for and apply for a specific position. This company can be a local company such as a hospital near your home or it can be a national company, such as a S&P 500 Tech Firm. The position for which you are crafting this letter can be one that already exists or one that you would create if you could to match your unique blend of talents.
Please do NOT reply to a job posting as that is NOT a prospecting letter.
Address your letter to the correct person or office. This may take some research. Follow the principles and examples provided in the pages mentioned above. Take some time to assess your interests and qualifications, too, as these are the first step in the employment process.
2. Write A Resume
Write a Resume that an Employer Will Notice. See Unit 7, Module 27, pp. 449-470
Thinking about the company you chose for the assignment above (the prospecting letter) and what it would be looking for in the position you desire, craft a resume that you would attach to your prospective letter. The resume should
1.demonstrate how your qualifications fit the job (LO 27-1),
2.be attractive and grammatically sound (LO 27-2),
3.have a clear and specific career objective listed (LO 27-5),
4.and have a list of references readily available (“Available upon request” is NOT acceptable).
You may create a resume that employs any of the examples (i.e. chronological, skills, etc.) mentioned in Module 27. Pay particular attention to “action verbs” (pp. 457-458)
Do NOT just submit any old resume you have used for many years.
3. Write a Formal Letter
FORMAL LETTER: Request a Letter of Recommendation from Your Instructor. See Unit 3, Module 9, pp. 126-137
When submitting your prospective letter and resume from above, imagine you also wish to include a letter of recommendation from the instructor of this class. Create a formal letter that requests such a recommendation. What information does your instructor need to include? You would want to indicate the company and the position. It would also be good to include accomplishments that you would like included and, in particular, what you have done in your instructor’s class that makes you a good candidate for him or her to recommend.
Refer to pp. 202-203 for information that should be included in a letter of recommendation.
Also, see 12.21 Items “A” and “B” on p. 213.
Here are some additional pieces of information you would likely want your instructor to address:
1.What information you would like to see included in the letter
2.To whom to send the letter
3.When the letter needs to received
4.Where to send the letter
4. Write an Email
FORMAL EMAIL: Follow-Up with an Interviewer. See Unit 3, Module 13, pp. 217-227; Unit 7, Module 30, pp. 507-512
Imagine you have completed an interview for the position for which you completed the prospecting letter, your resume, and the recommendation from your instructor. Send an email thanking the person you met. Thank your interviewer for his or her hospitality. Demonstrate that you listened closely. Make yourself stand out by reiterating any points that you want the interviewer to remember about you, your interview, and your skills. Remind them of points that stood out during the interview and that separated you from everyone else (This may take creativity). Allay any negatives that remain. Be enthusiastic about the company. See pp. 508-509 for additional help.
TIP: It is illegal to ask the question, “Have you ever been arrested for a crime?” during an interview.
For Formal Email Writing see p. 219 for examples of how to format an email for professional inquiries.
Click here for a video on dealing with illegal questions.
Your submission for this assignment should include all elements of the email: Address, Subject Line, Salutation, and Signature Block. Compose this in a document. Do NOT use screen shots.
RESPOND TO Casey Harrington
The two portfolios that stood out the most were the ones for nursing and hospitality management. With the nursing portfolio being my favorite overall. Hannah Lynne Sims portfolio was the most appealing to the eye and it was organized and well structured. It is easy to navigate and clearly displayed her goals and accomplishments. The accounting portfolio did not stand out. It was not very inviting, and the appearance was plain and boring. I would like to imitate the nursing portfolio. I want my portfolio to have the same warm feel while displaying my assets and aspirations. It is going to be a challenge to create a portfolio that is better. I think including pictures of myself makes it more personal than just images.
I am currently living in South Carolina. My family and I moved here in December of 2020 when I was 7 months pregnant with our second child. We moved from Massachusetts and prior to that, I was in South Florida for 15 years. We plan to settle here and buy a house soon. I will be graduating with my BS in Health Science in February of 2022. I am beyond excited about that accomplishment. I currently work as a medical billing specialist for a large ophthalmology practice based out of Boston. I will have been employed with the company for two years in September 2021. I am grateful to be part of the team and be able to learn and strengthen my skills on a day-to-day basis. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone in order to grow and be successful. There are no limits to what I can and will accomplish going forward.
I believe that every job should be performed to the best ability possible. No matter what the task, maximum effort, and efficiency should be displayed. I have pride in the work that I do and want to perform at a high level. I am easy to train and enjoy learning and expanding my skills. I have dedicated my professional life to becoming a medical billing specialist. I have worked in many positions within the accounts receivable department. I believe in myself and my ability to perform at a high level. My positive attitude and calm demeanor make it easy to work with others. I complete the requested job duties and am always willing to take on extra projects. I also have good self-awareness and will not allow myself to get too far behind. I will always ask for help from a member of the team so that patients receive the best customer service possible. I am an asset to any team and am willing to put in the hard work to succeed.
Personal strength comes from the conditioning of the mind. To succeed in our professional lives, we must first succeed within ourselves. I am a firm believer in personal development. The ongoing process of self-care. Fueling the brain with positivity and love.
RESPOND TO Zaria Love
My favorite Portfolio was hospitality management. This Portfolio stood out to me because it most closely directs to my field of education and careers. I felt that the visual aids in her Portfolio helped a lot with explaining her work. However, the paragraph that she tagged with the pictures came off a bit wordy. There are many ways to show your expertise in any specific field. In this case, her professional photos and real-life examples of her work proved to work excellent. The Portfolio that did not stand out to me was the accounting portfolio. This Portfolio did not have much creativity and only focused on logistics, Making the whole Portfolio come out as dim and dull. Out of all of the links, I would imitate the hospitality management portfolio. I am a person who would instead show my work than talking about it so that people can analyze how they want to without me using persuasive words. If I can show examples of what I can do, and a potential employer finds my work respectable, they will not have to go off of just my words and hopes of integrity to know that I am skilled in my profession.
I have always worked to understand the workforce and get into a position that fits my interest and strength. I am getting closer and closer to developing the skills and techniques that I need to improve my work-life experience. As I do, I can refine my definition of success and what makes me feel accomplished. I am never afraid of a challenge and have to confidence to try things that I am new to, and this is the mindset that I hope to improve on more as time goes on. Thinking this way has gotten me to places that I have never thought of before.
Please take a moment to read this excerpt of my Professional philosophy of week 1
“Before I got my first job, I set a goal to study the ins and outs of the workforce. I knew that this would come with a lot of trial and error, but I was never afraid to fail. Braving through interviews, knowing that I would not get a callback, instilled perseverance that I knew I had in me. I was able to practice and improve on talking to a hiring manager to impress them enough to consider me for their position. That is why failure was never a fear. Failure is only an opportunity to learn.”