Week of February 6th

This week is still in progress, but I have been busy trying to get my drafts of cover letters and resume letters drafted and sent to the student employment services office for review. I want them to look nice and be sufficiently well-formatted and full of information useful to employers.

Other items for this week and the next:

  • Meet with client
  • Get top-level directory site running
  • Plan to meet with my second client, a nonprofit
  • Look for a third client on LinkedIn

By the end of the week, I had signed off on the project scope for my first client, and finished my cover letter and resume. Both were more challenging than I had anticipated but in different ways.

The project scope document went very well. The main thing that caused trouble is that due to the weather, the client and I had to meet virtually, and then signing the documents and sending them was a little bit more of a nuisance. I learned that I need to give ample room for signatures when preparing for digital signatures. After signing the document, we immediately got started on the first phase of the plan, which was content planning. We got a lot done, and I have a lot more we need to do before next week.

The resume document was a bit more difficult because I did not communicate with the school employment offices early enough to get feedback before the due date, but the office had very good advice on what to add, remove, and tweak.

I will continue to move forward with finding more clients, taking the next steps with the project I have, and finishing the assignments for this class.

4 responses to “Week of February 6th”

  1. Super work getting the blog up and running for your weekly reflections! Make sure you are also doing a weekly review on your peer’s blogs to post a comment to their entries! Looking good!

    1. I fell a bit behind with replying to Natasha, and her blog is currently down so I cannot reply. Once she gets it back up I will reply to her latest blog posts.

  2. Composing a cover letter was the most overwhelming for me. Any job that required a cover letter, I would pass over. This was my first time creating one. Luckily, I had some good resources from the discussion to use.
    I already had a resume, which I update regularly, so the resume wasn’t that bad. I just had to make some changes for the front end developer job. The feedback helped me to compose both. I am in the process of starting all my project scopes this week. I am hoping things go well.
    Thanks for the tip about leaving ample room for signatures! I’m glad everything is going well.

  3. I feel one of my struggles with cover letters and resumes is that I want everything to look clean-cut and professional. There are so many articles out there that say to include color and an image of yourself and to make your resume stand out. But then I will see other articles, some from “high-executives” that have worked for well-known companies say to never include images, colors, or unnecessary spaces because this takes up valuable real estate for you to show your achievements.

    One thing that I have seen in almost every article that I have read that discusses what should be included in a cover and resume is to highlight accomplishments with legitimate measurements. An example: if I was in sales, I should put on my resume that I sold over $500,000 dollars worth of product within 3 months increasing profit margins and overall budget expectations. This is where I struggle the most. I haven’t ever thought to “measure” my success. I could have a conversation with you and tell you where I started and where I ended within a company, but I don’t understand how to convert that to percentages or numbers.

    Building a resume can be such a daunting task, especially when it’s something you haven’t done before or done frequently. There are a lot of things to consider and the information available to help is so vast that it can get confusing.

    Just keep working on it and you can always try to reach out to someone that is in recruiting for help. Good luck!

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