Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Creating a "One of a Kind" Resume

Everyone dreams of having the perfect job that is right for them.  Their dreams can come true if they can set themselves apart from the competition and prove to the employer why they are the best candidate for the  position.  This may be hard to do but with a brief, clear,and concise resume. one can reach their dream job. 

Below are the links of videos that talk about how to create the perfect resume.  These videos were very helpful to me because they talked about every specific detail of constructing a resume including the form to use depending on your qualifications.  I found this information to be very useful because it teaches the "10 Commandments" of a resume that I wasn't aware of. All of this helpful information can be used at anytime in my life as I continuously change my resume and gain more experience. 

http://digital.films.com.login.library.coastal.edu:2048/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=8007

http://digital.films.com.login.library.coastal.edu:2048/PortalViewVideo.aspx?xtid=37002

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Creating a Stellar Resume

When starting your job search, the very first step should be creating a resume. A resume should be carefully constructed, for it can either make or break a job offer.  When writing and reviewing your resume, it is important to make sure you have included your personal information, your objective, overview of work history, listing of organizations you are currently or were involved in, competencies, and your abilities. It is also always a good idea to include contact information of people you feel confident would speak highly of you.  I have been taught that a key to making it to the "Possible Employee" pile is to create a resume that is more than one page.  This will help you stand out from the other applicants and give an impression that you are very involved, motivated, and experienced. After all, those are some of the main things employers look for in their employees.
After completing your resume, you should check it for small errors and have a professional review it to get a second opinion.  Before applying for a job, it is always a good idea to do some research of the company to understand what the company is all about. Hiring managers are not looking for employees who meet the bare minimum, they are looking for employees who can reach or exceed their expectations. Find ways to set yourself a part from the other competition and don't be afraid to show your skills and accomplishments that you have obtained throughout your education and experience, for this may be the reason you landed a wonderful job opportunity!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Persuasion is Key!

    Are You "On The Fence" About Getting An iPad? is an article that talks about why purchasing an iPad would be a smart idea. This article is full of information including why it is such a special product, insider info, special features, and it even shares a story from someone who bought an iPad that says they will never regret their purchase.
    This article has an emotional and logical appeal that is appropriate for the overall message. The informal format is effective because it makes the readers feel like they are getting opinions and information from someone who is just like them instead of an organizations perspective. The target market this article is aiming towards is people all around the world who are on the fence about whether or not to purchase an iPad or not. Although I am already a proud owner of an iPad, this article persuaded me to buy one, therefore, this article was an effective piece of writing. If I were to post this article, I would have put more pictures of the iPad itself and maybe put some pictures of people enjoying themselves with their wonderful piece of technology.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Negative News? O No!


Receiving negative news is never fun. As a business professional, it is important to stay positive and collected although the message may cause you to have a negative emotional response.  When receiving bad news, the first initial instinct is to fight back and defend our personal view. Although at the time of receiving the bad news it feels like a good idea to write back, it isn’t.  Rarely can any positives come out of reacting against someone who is in a negative emotional state. By responding it will only fuel the fire and add additional negativity that is unnecessary. If a response is necessary, it is best to respond after thinking about how you can phrase your thoughts in an appropriate and professional manner.

Example:  Someone gave you or your company a bad review online for everyone to see.

This may anger you and other co-workers but as stated above, it is never a good idea to write when angry.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Effective or Ineffective?

      Writing can be classified as effective or ineffective depending on the tone, wording, structure, and content presented. In my mind, the email attached is an effective piece of writing for a few reasons.  One, it explains to the employees what is going on with the company and why there have been cuts to positions. Secondly, the email is written in a very sincere tone and also informs employees about meeting for any questions or concerns they may have regarding the change of staff.  This is appropriate because the information being discussed can be life changing for some of the employees.                        
     Although I do believe that speaking of others positions should remain private, there is no personal information about which employees were cut from the team and why.  This email is specifically written to notify and help the company understand the change in staff. Below is the link to view the email.
http://about.digg.com/blog/we-just-sent-following-email-staff

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Corporate-Speak?

         Overly formal corporate-speak is used today by many business professionals. The question is, "Is it really necessary?" Overly formal communication can sometimes get out of hand.  When communicating, it is important to get the point across to as many people as possible in a timely manner.  Formal corporate-speak can be confusing and the message sometimes won’t be delivered the way it was intended to because it is difficult to comprehend.  Many companies feel the need to speak in such a manner because it shows that they are knowledgeable of the information within their field. Companies may also use this communication style because they feel as if it promotes the image of being educated, responsible, and sophisticated, which may show customers that they can have trust in the product or service. Although overly formal corporate-speak is not necessary, it is important to be up to date with corporate lingo to show that you are educated and aware of our changing society.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Insurance Email

The email that was distributed internally within an insurance firm in England does not follow the basic principles of adaption.  For example in the first paragraph, the email talks about a new Bulletin system and the terms that are used in specific regions.  Although this may have been designed for someone that was already aware of the information and what the key terms meant, other readers may not be aware of the technical meanings. The email also uses some abbreviations, which can cause miscommunications. This may be a trouble-free read for some employees but for others, who were not specifically trained in this field of study, may have difficulty understanding, therefore proving that the email is an ineffective piece.   

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why Blog?

     Companies all over the world use blogs to communicate effectively with their audience. These blogs may include information about who they are and what their company is all about.  Blogging is a great way for companies to stay in touch with our ever-changing society and for people to learn about what our world has to offer.

*Linkedin

By reading this blog, I can see that forming good employee relationships and an enjoyable work place is very important to the Linkedin company.  I truly believe that a positive workplace is one of the main components in being a successful company.  If the employees are comfortable and confident, they will take pride in their position and always put forth their full effort. This blog is a helpful create of communication because it informs people on the average day of an intern and shows the benefits that can go into a positive workplace.

*Zappos Insights

When thinking about a company and success, the thoughts that come to mind are customer happiness and knowledgeable employees.  Zappos looked further into what really was important. Focusing on core values, culture, purpose, passion, and the experience of the customer are all things necessary in true success! According to Zappos, many entrepreneurs leave a company shortly after achieving their goal. Through Zappos success, other companies have been inspired to keep these values in mind, in hopes of inspiring employees so they want to stay and continue making the company a success!
*Whole Foods Market
It’s important to try and keep our environment healthy and clean for the future years to come. Therefore, recycling is a big part of our world today. You may ask yourself, “Is there a fun way to recycle?” The answer to this question is yes. The Whole Foods blog is full of Do It Yourself (DIY) projects that make recycling fun.  This blog also contains more information about how to pack a healthy meal, the key components to creating a comfortable room, how to cook for picky eaters, and much more.  This blog includes information that is helpful for any age and continues to update with new ideas that are designed to make life fun and easy while keeping in mind the overall health of our world.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Intro

Hi everyone! I started this blog as an assignment for a Business Communication class I'm taking. I hope by the end of the semester, having this blog will have helped me strengthen my writing and communication skills as well as understand how blogs are used in the business world. Hope you all enjoy!