It is easily realized that every person at one time in his or her life needs guidance. Regardless of how strong, how smart, or how skill you are, there isn’t any way for you to use any of that effectively until you know entirely how. With that said, in the professional world you are expected to already know your limits, know your strengths and weaknesses, and then know how to implement them into a professional setting. With that said, the class the professionalism workshop assists in guiding all of those strengths home in the professional arena. Recently I took the August intermission version, simply put, I highly recommend anyone that wants help in effectively gaining a platform for professionalism in the long run.
Really the first thing that one should realize is to put all types of experience that would relate to a profession or job into one document. In this case, this document is known as a master résumé and it is extremely important. A master résumé is the culmination of every reward, notable experiences, job experience or professional experience entirely, school experience such regarding diplomas and/or masters, participation in organizations, leadership positions, skills, and certificates. Not all rewards would go onto an résumé; those such as academic honors and rewards as well as professional recognition rewards also would go on the master résumé. Experiences such as studying abroad, community service, and anything that effectively shows understanding for another culture. School experience would include a high GPA on a 4.0 scale, courses that relate to jobs in question, and diplomas or masters. Professional experience would be job experience and internships. Leadership roles and participation in organizations also looks good on the master résumé. Skills that would help in work and communications are highly valuable in the work place; skills like knowing another language are especially valued on a resume.
At first I didn’t particularly have a master résumé, in fact I did not know what it was in particular. I had an résumé that I had made years before the class, but it was only because I needed to make one for a job I wanted. When I got another job, I needed another résumé and made an entirely new one. From scratch, an résumé isn’t something fun to make. When making a master résumé, the process of making a regular résumé is drastically easier. In particular it is just a matter of copy and paste, using any life experience that is placed on the master résumé in a regular one. In short, think of the master résumé as everything note worthy you’ve done in your life. Then think of a regular résumé as only parts of your life, the parts you want a company to see.
The next part of importance is a cover letter. A cover letter goes side by side with an résumé; think of it as a document that compliments facts on the résumé while giving more detailed examples and stories. The cover letter also sheds light into the kind of person you are without the interview. Though an interview is assumedly always used, the cover letter helps catching the attention of the hiring manager.
With all of that being said, it is entirely important to be true and precise on both the résumé and the cover letter. Be truthful on an résumé, lying will not work out likely in the end. An example in class was the use of another language in the résumé. If you mention you are bilingual, it is highly possible the interviewer will use that in the interview. For example, if you say you speak German, the interviewer may ask questions in German. The same goes for making up experiences or stories. If that is done, the interviewer could eventually find out when calling past employers or references.
When looking at this class and thinking about future opportunities, I actually believe I can get any job I want in the future. The class not only went over résumés and documents needed for future work, but also in exploring the possibilities of researching. For me, I am interested in working in the writing industry. That would include video games, movies, and books, but not limited to those fields. As assigned in class, a bit of research is required to figure out if you’re applicable for a position in the industry in question. If unprepared in information about the company, an interviewer is less likely to hire you after the interview. Researching the company also helps in finding out if the job in question is actually right for you.