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CM 2110 Employment

Package
This assignment will be due at the end of the semester and is valued at 35% of
your final course grade. A portfolio is a life-long dynamic collection of materials or
artifacts which summarize, document, and highlight the best of who you are, what
you have done, and what you hope to do.
Below is a listing of all the content that is required for your portfolio and the order for
each.
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Component
Organization and grammar
Cover Page/Homepage
Personal Statement
Statement of Confidentiality
Table of Contents
Resume, Cover Letter and Interview Questions
Academic Record
Skills Assessment and Reflection
Letters of Recommendations (at least two)
Work Samples (at least 4)

Value
5%
1%
4%
2%
1%
10%
2%
4%
2%
4%

You are expected to present your career portfolio as a professional business


document and not as an informal, decorative scrapbook.

Your portfolio should be in a physical binder and should utilize sheet


protectors and dividers for ease of presentation and to protection of student
documents.

Do not submit original documents. Photocopy anything thats important and


place the photocopied version in your portfolio.

Portfolios will be due April 25th, 2014.

You can pick them up during the last day of classes, in my office.

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Career Portfolio Grading Rubric


Component

Organization
& Grammar

Cover Page

Personal
Statement
Statement of
Confidentialit
y
Table of
Contents

Excellent
Clear, easy to
identify
sections;
excellent
grammar and
writing
Professional,
polished look;
contains all
relevant
information
On topic, clear
flow that is
understandable
and related to
topic
Clear and
concise; error
free
Clear, wellorganized and
accurate
Clear, wellorganized and
professional

Resume &
Cover Letter

Academic
Record
Letters of
Recommenda
tion (at least
2)

Aligns with job


ad included in
portfolio

Neat and
professional
Included and
properly placed

Valu
e

Good

Needs Work

Some concerns
with
organization;
some
grammatical
and writing
errors
Adequate
design; some
required
information
missing
Some concerns
with
organization;
off topic in
some areas
Some concerns
with clarity,
intent, and
grammar
Some concerns
with
organizations
and accuracy
Some concerns
with
organization
and
appearance

Poorly
organized; poor
grammar and
writing

5%

Inappropriate
design; required
information not
included

1%

Poorly
organized; not
on topic

4%

Not clear and


concise;
grammatical
errors
Poorly
organized and
inaccurate

2%

Poorly
organized and
lacking in
professionalism;
or not included

10
%

Aligns with job


ad included in
portfolio

Does not align


with job ad
included in
portfolio
Poorly
presented or
not included

Some concerns
with
appearance
and layout
Included but
not properly
placed

Not included

Stude
nt
Grade

1%

2%

4%

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Skills
Assessment &
Reflection
Work
Samples
(at least 4)

Properly placed
and appropriate
Properly placed
and appropriate

Included but
not properly
placed;
inappropriate
Included by
not properly
placed;
inappropriate

Not properly
placed or
appropriate

2%

Not properly
placed or
appropriate

4%

TOTAL

35
%

Instructors Comments/Feedback:

Personal Statement Overview


A personal statement allows you to tell more about yourself, your skills,
activities and future plans. Use one of the paragraphs below to kick start
your own personal statement. It should not be any longer than one page and
it should convey who you are and where you see yourself in your chosen
profession.
Par. 1
Accounting requires a strong analytical mind to assess information and piece
it together into a workable solution. I have such a mind. I enjoy working with
numbers and the many puzzles that they bring. My work ethic and desire to
see things through have proven to be wonderful assets in my chosen career.
Par. 2
Academically, I have always been a very determine and studious individual. I
have a broad interest in many subject areas, but I have a love for numbers
and this love has guided me to pursue a career in accounting.
Par. 3
I am a mature, responsible individual who has taken the time to explore my
options in terms of my future and my goals. My exploration and love of
challenges had led me to pursue a career in the world of accounting/human
resources management/marketing and the business program at CAN has
given me the opportunity to make my career choice a reality.
Par. 4
Presently, I am studying Human Resources Management at CAN and this
program is providing me with the education and experience to be successful
in my chosen field. The course content and instructor expectations require
me to concentrate on efficient time management and organization.
Par. 5

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I chose (option) because it affords me the opportunity to learn practical skills


that will enhance my natural curiosity of human nature. My education has
shown me that no two situations are the same and that a different approach
must be utilized in order to find workable solutions. I have come to learn
through life experiences that patience is indeed a virtue and that having a
patient nature is a valuable asset.
Par. 6
My name is (full name) and I believe that the environment we grow up in
shapes our chosen career paths. As for me, I am the youngest of a large
family and I was always in the company of people of all ages, gender,
educational, and economic levels and I believe this is the reason I chose to
work in an area that allows me to continue this familiar interaction.

Reflections Overview
The reflections tool is an opportunity for you to think about your choices as
you create your portfolio. It will journey with you on your individual work
path, in team collaborations, and for your final project delivery. Reflections
can be independent or related to a grade, a task, or an activity. Reflections
should discuss your skills assessment results and clearly articulate why work
samples were chosen and the positive attributes/skills they demonstrate. This
should not be a journal piece, but a thoughtful and concise reflection.
The following questions may help you frame your reflection:
1. Based on the skills assessment you completed online, do you feel
that you have the skill set needed to excel at your chosen career?
Explain why or why not.
2. Are there any skill areas that you should improve on? Also, what
skill types do you think will constantly be evolving?
3. What skills do you have the most trouble with? What comes the
most naturally?
4. Why have you chosen the work samples that you have? Why do
they express your best work.

Skills Assessment Quiz


Complete the following quiz online and print off your results. Your reflection
should discuss your results from this quiz and what you think these results
say about your skill level in Office Administration or Executive Administration.
http://www.queendom.com/tests/access_page/index.htm?idRegTest=2338

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Interview Questions
1. Please tell me about yourself?
2. Why should we hire you?
3. Will you please tell me about any work experience or training you have that
relates to this job?
4. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
5. Do you work well under pressure? Give an example?
6. What have you learned from your mistakes?
7. What motivates you?
8. Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower? Why?
9. What types of things irritate you about your coworkers?
10. What are your strongest skills?
11. What do you know about this job? (Refer to job ad in previous assignment)
12. If another employee asked you to sign her out because she was leaving 45
minutes early, how would you handle this?
13. What do you expect in the way of a beginning salary?
14. Do you plan to continue your education?
15. Are you okay working for a younger supervisor?

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