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English 311 resources

Online Identity

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Online Reputation and Profile

Developing an online identity is very important. Mainly everyone in today's society has access to the Internet and if you are user of all the very many website and social networking web pages that are available, it is more than likely that a person has created an online identity without realizing the importance of it. Having an identity online tells who you are better than a resume, a talk over the phone or any form of communication other than face to face. If you really want to know someone it possible to know about them and their lifestyle if  they use the Internet. Through social networking websites like Facebook and my space, it allows a person to tell about their lives, what kind of company a person may keep, things they like to do and not do. Myspace and Facebook is a personal website, a place for meeting people and to see what going on in other people lives. But what many people have to be aware of is that whatever it is that a person puts online, is there forever. I went on the social networking web page Twitter. Twitter in my opinion was fun because you can follow anyone who is on twitter, a celebrity, another friend or anyone. The main point of Twitter was that people post their thoughts or what they are doing. People can follow and see a person comments or what they're posting and respond back even without the person knowing that they are being followed. In my opinion I find it kind of creepy; someone who I don't even know can follow me and see my thoughts without my knowledge or if I want to post my whereabouts and what I'm doing, Anyone can see. Twitter like every other social networking page, have privacy settings. When I explored the Linkedin.com web page I somehow got kicked off. Among trying to register it asked questions like what is my occupation, my email address, and my job title, it was employment based. A guy had posted a comment asking questions regarding what seemed like homework question for a business class and someone responded to him that Linkedin was a web page to social network with employers not to do homework. I thought that comment was funny! Definitely, when I decide to start searching for a job and trying to network in the business world Linkedin will be one of the first social networking web pages I will seek to be apart of. Until  then I have to follow the do's and dont's of social networking. If its something that I will be embarrassed about, ashamed of and that isn't considered what I feel is appropriate for my grandmother to see and know about me, than It probably doesn't belong on the Internet.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Extra Credit: Career Assesment

I did the career assessment through the Myer-Briggs and it confirmed what I had already wanted to do and what I didn't want to do. It also help me realize some of my strengths and weaknesses. Like, it identify that I am strong willed individual who is some what lackey in the communication portion but I'm strong in staying on task, I like things orderly and I am adjustable at change. All of these thing in my opinion will help me on my future job search. Doing the career assessment showed me what I need to improve on before entering the workforce and narrowed down my three career matches. Two of them were involving health-care, and one was law. That was funny to me because I have never considered my self much of an argumentative person. The thing that I liked most was that it stated that I was strong in my opinion about things, even if it hurts or effects another person in the wrong way. That hit my personality right on the nose.I find my self being very opinionated and I often have to step back and tell my self to keep my thoughts to my self.
Overall, my experience with the career assessment was very good, and I think that this is something that everyone should invest time into just to see, if they are were they think that they are.

Five questions that emplyers may ask on a job interview?

Q1. Why should we hire you over our other candidates?
In order to answer this question a candidate should pour out all of their qualifications, but be sure to be 100% sure of the job position that you are applying for and relate the job experience that you may have to the job. Don't over embellish and be honest. As a candidate your not sure what they are looking for in employee so answer this question to the best or you ability.

Q2. Why are you or did you leave your last employer?
To answer this question if you were laid-off due to cut backs or no fault of your own say so, but if you were fired due to employee/employer differences, make a statement such as, " we agreed to disagree". Don't indicate that there were problems with previous employer due to personal conflict. The person conducting the interview may be looking for flaws or conflict that may have arised from your previous employer. If you were trouble for previous employer this may indicate you may be a problem for them. So answer this question very briefly, and refer to the references that you may have submitted.

Q3.In you current or last position, what did you like most and least about your last job?
State facts and always speak positive. Don't point out the negative and what you didn't like. Make a simple statement that will say there were things you didn't like but that comes with the job. Your not going to like everything about a job. Even if you do choose to give and example make sure that it in a way that wont make the employer reconsider putting you into the position. Be positive, courteous and respectful of your previous employer and you potential employer.

Q4. What benefits do you expect to earn from this job position?
Open to new experiences and willing to learn, but to bring something to the new job that the company will benefit from you as an employee. When speaking to a potential employer you have to keep in mind that they're watching everything, your body language, tone of voice, rather your comfortable or fidgety (nervous); these things speak volumes and most of all it tells about your personality.

Q5.What word would you use to describe yourself?
This questions is very important because it tells your employer how much you may value yourself. Depending on what word you may use, can tell a lot about your education level, confidence that you have within yourself, the use of vocabulary, and the strengths and abilities that you may have. Most of all its show your employer what kind of person you think that you are.

Check Mate Resume
This website has a wide range of questions all the way from the start of the interview until the end of the interview.

I really liked this website because it you every question that may pertain to the job that you are applying for to personal question that are relevant to how your job performance may be based on what you say.

Focus Magazine
This website gave questions and answer to difficult interview questions that employers may ask. The document itself is kind of old but I feel that it gave some really feedback as how to answer questions that employers may ask.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Principals of my life.

Reading over the the seven habits of  highly effective people gave me confirmation as to rules and regulations of how I currently live my life. The number one principal that I live by is, "do unto other as you would want done unto you." People don't always do as they should or make the right or best decisions, this in my opinion is apart of life. Being a adult and becoming older teaches us. Along my journey I have learned when addressing difficult situations I can not act instantly. When someone upset me, I take a deep breath and tell myself not to allow the person to ruin my mood, It  takes more energy to frown than to smile. I know to step back and evaluate what is happening, why it's happening and what can I do to make it better. Acting instinctively about things can cause trouble and because human nature tells people to act without thinking; this is a huge reason for so much conflict in the world today. When I step back, evaluate, think about why the scenario happened, this can calm me and keep me from getting upset. It is hard to do, but with patience and practice it can be achieved and make me a happier person. If I'm having a bad day, and I happen to snap at someone, I would hope that they wouldn't curse at me or act angry at me. I hope that they would try to understand, which is why I try to understand others when things happen.
Another principal that is very important to me, that I just recently figured out is "O well". As stated in the reading above, I cannot worry, control, or fix things that isn't my problem, or that is out of my control. I am the type of person who always wants to help, or try to make it better for someone else if I able to, even if I have to bend over backwards to do so. Experience/life lesson has taught me that this is a No-No. When I do go out of my way to help others, a lot of time it backfires, because what I can and will do for someone else, that person wont do it for themselves. I have to put my time and energy into things and people who are striving for success. I can help them but with only so much effort. Meaning I cant make it happen for them. I know that anything in life is achievable and it's all about how much effort and time, I'm willing to put in to achieve my goal.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My Bio

Hi, I am 23 years old and a student at Davenport University. I am studying for a Bachelors degree of Health Services Administration. With this degree I plan on obtaining a managerial position of a Respiratory Therapy unit. I am scheduled to attend  the Respiratory Therapy program in the fall of 2012 at Mott Community College.
The first steps to my road to success starts with learning everything I can while in my BA program. Pursuing a program such as the one I have chosen requires experience. Most job positions in Health Services Administration require 2-3 years of experience to apply for  a job in this title. Seeming as how I am not currently working in an Administration position, I have to work very hard in school.  My overall satisfaction for myself is that I come out on top. Being Average has been OK for me in the past. Now that I'm going further into my career, average is no longer suitable. It never should have been, but this is all apart of my learning process. I have learned that I have to set expectations for myself, because if I don't, who will?
I have a lot to prove. I have to be a example of how success is within yourself and  the effort that I put in into school will influence my outcomes. I am now striving to be the best that I can, Not excellent and, not #1. I am going to accomplish everything that I set I to do, and hopefully my accomplishments will be good enough for my future employer. I plan on learning a lot in this class and at this school. I hope that my instructors are going to be very supportive of me along my journey and I hope that upon my departure, my instructors can give my a great letter of recommendation.