How has the applicant adapted the letter to a specific posi- tion with your organization?
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Assignment: Career Objectives
Assignment: Career Objectives
Assignment: Career Objectives
Cover Letters Read each cover letter carefully because it is often the applicants first opportunity to create a favorable impression. Did the applicant expend the effort to find the name and address of the appropriate person in your organization or rely on the easier “To whom it may concern” salutation? How has the applicant adapted the letter to a specific posi- tion with your organization? Which stated career goals, qualifications, and experi- ences are relevant to this position? This is your initial opportunity to ask “How well does this applicant fit this position?” Is the letter written professionally free of spell- ing, grammar, and punctuation errors? Susan Heathfield, a human resources specialist, admits that she may be “an old fuddy-duddy,” but claims that such errors “are indica- tive of what you can expect from the candidate as an employee. Looking for careless, sloppy, or unconcerned? I doubt it. Your evidence is sitting before you on your desk or on your computer screen.”12
Resumes When an applicant’s resume arrives at your organization, have a person not involved in the selection process delete any information that may violate EEO laws. If you keep this information, even though you did not ask for it, you can be held liable for pos- sible discrimination. Then have each person involved in the recruiting effort review the resume prior to the interview. Reading it for the first time during the interview shows lack of preparation and interest and is a major turnoff for quality applicants.
As you review a resume, start with the career objective if one is included. How well does this objective match the applicant profile? Next, how well do the applicant’s
Modify applica- tion forms to fit the applicant profile.
Some applicants do not match their resumes.
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education, training, and experiences complement the career objective (stated in the cover letter or resume) and fit the profile? Does the applicant appear to be over qualified or under qualified for this position? Are there gaps in dates and details concerning education, employment, and relevant experiences? Does the applicant reveal lack of attention to details and accuracy such as missing words, grammatical errors, typos, misspellings, punctuation errors, and wrong dates?
With competition for top positions in most fields growing stronger, applicants are tempted to “fudge” or “fake” a little here and a little there on resumes and cover letters. Recent statistics indicate that more than half of applicants lie on resumes and as many as 70 percent would lie to get a job they want.13 On the one hand, they are willing to enhance, inflate, stretch, mask, or exaggerate their education (including degrees they do not have), experiences, skills, job titles, employment dates, salaries and responsibilities on previous jobs, achievements, military decora- tions, and medals. On the other hand, they may omit or conceal information they perceive to be detrimental to their chances of landing a posi- tion. Do your homework. Be skeptical of claims that appear too good to be true, and be suspi- cious of information that is missing.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASSDiscussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me: Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.