Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Reflection-“The 7 C’s of Business Communication” by Marya of Writing Happiness - Extra Credit

“The 7 C’s of Business Communication” by Marya of Writing Happiness includes completeness, conciseness, consideration, clarity, courtesy, concreteness, and correctness. Completeness means that a blog is ineffective until the writer has written something that the reader would react towards.             Consciousness was the author’s favorite. Marya suggests saying what you want to say, in the fewest words possible. By keeping this tip in mind you are not only saving you and the blog reader time but it is form of ”writers respect” for their readers. My favorite advice was clarity because it reminds other writers that they don’t need to be pretentious in order to be respected. Blogs with a large vocabulary could weaken your reader’s comprehension ability if they are not familiar with the diction with in the context. Courtesy, reminds the reader of blogger etiquette. Just like in reality if a person approached you about something you said, you wouldn’t ignore them by walking away. There for, it is important to respond to your viewer’s comments and thank them with a sincere “ you attitude”. It’s not only polite but will make your viewers like you more.  Concreteness, means to be specific when you writing. Away to achieve this would be to use active verbs. Correctness, the final seventh C, is inexcusable and, “should never ever see the light of day,” says Marya. When something is incorrect there are ample resources to look up and fix the issue. 

Reflection “8 Important Traits Resumes Can’t Illustrate.”- Extra Credit

            This article conveys the importance of image. If you can put together a sophisticated resume there is someone who you can pay or ask to create one for you. How ever, they are not the ones who are going to be speaking to the employer. A person’s resume can list years of experience but if the employer cannot clearly communicate their experiences with the employer they may not want to hire that person to represent their company due to their bad,” people’s skills.”
            The second trait is one that I can personally relate too. It took a full summer till I fully understood the restaurant service, pace, communication, timing, and dupability within the business. I was unclear if the article was suggesting to literally discuss what skills you gained those types of jobs or to display those retained skills, like thinking on your feet, when speaking to the employer.
“Moral Fiber” was an important trait because it would be easy to forget volunteer experiences when you are trying to advocate yourself off of your business related job experiences. Something like consistent high school mission trips can speak volumes about your character that the employer may not have known based off of your resume or even after they had formally met you.
            Over all, I thought this was a current article that had broad based suggestions for young people interviewing for a variety of jobs.  For example, it was the first informative business web page that said the word “flava” and had an example using the Kardashians. Today, the hiring process is a very competitive field it’s self. And something like having a smile and positive attitude can make you more memorable then the next person they interview.

Reflection on " Top Small Talk Topics for Business" by Mark Coburn - Extra Credit

This article shows how important something as simple as small talk can truley be. Coburn says that although most people think of small talk as something to prevent awkward silence, it can be useful in the business world too, and he provides 7 useful areas of small talk. The seven small talk suggestions are: sports, news, travel, entertainment, family, work and television. I thought the suggestions he gave for talking about family and entertainment would be really useful to me. When Coburn discussed talking about family he said, "Sharing the good stories or commiserating with the bad is a great way to fill a few minutes of small talk conversation. Introverts and extroverts are more than able to talk about their family making it a (hopefully) fun topic." I thought this was important because it's a topic that both talkative and shy people could respond to. I also thought it was helpful because I always bring up funny family stories about my sisters and I when I want to avoid silence with something; it really sparks the conversation and takes it to many different places. Entertainment/television also seemed like good topics for small talk, it seems like categories where people could talk about many different things from reality television to dramas or even news shows as well as concerts or plays. From my experience it seems, a lot of people enjoy these topics and they can really open up about things they enjoy. Overall, I think Coburn's article is really accurate because in many small talk situations it seems I have used one or many of these 7 categories and others I have talked to have used them as well. I also think it's important to realize that it's okay to talk about these topics in a work environment or an interview environment to make the initially meeting less awkward and to make both the interviewer/boss and interviewee/employee seem more human.

Social Media and Business - Extra Credit

I believe social media and business are going to very intertwined in the coming years. I think social media is a way for businesses to reach a whole new group of people. When I go onto face book or twitter I see pages for businesses and even products. I think it helps to promote business and get an idea of who is looking at the product or company. As a consumer I have been seeing more products with the companies twitter or face book name, I also see the bar that smart phones can scan to get more details on the product. Professionally I would approach social media with caution because I don't want to have anything on my face book or twitter that would prevent me from getting a job.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ten Commandments of Resumes Reflection

            I thought it was appropriate to have the first commandment about treating your resume like an advertisement. This was helpful because the job field is becoming very competitive. It would be more likely that an eye-catching resume would be read then a resume with a list of experiences and “no meat”.
            While watching the “Ten Commandments of Resumes” I was able to get a clear image of what a cover page should look like. The video clearly showed where the address, names, and information would go. I learned that you are supposed to use chronological resumes for jobs that are recognizable companies with little “gaps” in them. Also, they are great for highlighting steady work experiences. Functional resumes are meant to specifically focus on key responsibilities you are able to fulfill. Unlike the other resume, you would not list the companies you have worked with in the same section as the tasks or skills you’re able to achieve.
                        I thought the video clip could have reviewed the newest technical aspects of resumes. In class when we learned about how specific words on application resumes get highlighted on companies machines and those without that vocabulary get thrown out. I would assume that this would be more of a leading factor of why applicants don’t get the job instead of when the video said it was from people not bringing a resume at all.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My (lack of) Resume experience.

I have written one resume by myself. I had always been told to keep my resume one page and use descriptions that express all the skills you had during each job experience. The best way to generally go about a resume would be if you had a networking source that could mention your name to the employer before they even read your paper. My last job, a waitress in an Italian restaurant, I did not even need my resume because my cousin had worked there for five years and told the owners about me.
            Today, I would approach my resume in a form-prospecting letter. I am a middle school education major and could use my very specific field to ask a question in the beginning of my resume. In the second paragraph I would discuss my knowledge about middle school education and link that toward the middle school I am applying to.  This would highlight my experience because most majors in the U.S. do not specifically include the middle school major. And clearly end with my request to have a meeting in an appropriate effective way.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Reflection on the Sales Rep "Cold-Case" practice interview

After reading the article I am not surprised that a sales company used fake surveys to track their progress. With today’s society I predict that the younger youth will hear, “Don’t believe everything you hear”, more times then, “ Lying is wrong”. It is not just sales representatives using “techniques” that misguide one subject to better theirs. Just as a child would wrongfully blame an innocent by standard before getting reprimanded by a higher standing symbol (teacher, mother, ect.) I do think it is wrong that companies use false advertisement but morality is not going to make the business’s stop. I believe it would be naive to believe a word spoken by salesmen, even if they end up being a co-worker.