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CAREER RESEARCH & ACTION PLAN ASSIGNMENT

Due Date: Week 5, Friday, February 6, 9:10am

Submission Location: DC Connect Dropbox

5% per day will be deducted from late submissions Emailed assignments will not be graded

Assignment Instructions:

1. Write a 5 page report in which you:

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A. set a long-term (5 year) career goal

B. research that career goal and summarize your findings

C. compare your career goal research to assessments of yourself

D. create an action plan to achieve your goal

2. Complete the activities on the Strategies and Techniques page

References: A minimum of 3 sources must be used in your career research. Sources must be

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REPORT OUTLINE

Use headings within the report to guide the reader.

Introduction

In two or three sentences to introduce the report. State the purpose of the report and preview

the content.

Career Goal

Explain your long-term (5 year) career goal

Career Research

Research your career goal and summarize your findings

Use at least 3 credible sources (can include information interview)

Comparative Analysis: Self and Career Goal

Compare yourself to what you learned from your career research

Include an assessment of the fit between yourself and your career goal

Action Plan

Outline at least 3 short-term/intermediate goals necessary in achieving your career goal

Describe how you will achieve these goals

Conclusion

In 3-4 sentences, conclude the report. Briefly sum up the report and describe what you have

learned.

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STRATEGIES & TECHNIQUES

PURSUING EMPLOYERS STRATEGICALLY

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1. Create a list of 5 employers you would want to work for. Include on your list:

company name

address

name and contact info of key people

TELEMARKETING & COLD CALLS

2. Select an employer from your list and create a rough outline or script you would use when contacting them

3. Answer 1 question from the meeting objections practice script

NETWORKING

4. Who in your network will you reach out to and how? How will you expand your network?

Conversation Agenda:

5. What do you have to give to people in your network?

6. What do you want to get from your network?

Answering Common Conversational Questions:

Who are you?

7. How will you get people to remember your name?

What do you do?

8. Answer this question using the Best/Test Method to tell your conversation partner the one thing that you want them to know about you?

What’s new?

9. Answer this question with a short story about a recent personal success.

Online Networking:

10. Write a LinkedIn Summary

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GRADE RUBRIC: REPORT

Student:

Sub-total:

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35

TOTAL:

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FORMATTING

Uses appropriate headings throughout report

APA style Reference List and proper in-text citations are present

 

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INTRODUCTION

States purpose of report

Content of report is previewed

 

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CAREER GOAL

Career goal is clearly stated

 

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CAREER RESEARCH

Uses at least 3 credible sources

Summary gives a comprehensive picture of the career goal researched

 

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COMPARATIVE

ANALYSIS

At least 3 comparisons are made

A statement assessing the fit between yourself and your career goal is made

 

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ACTION PLAN

Outlines 3 shorter term goals necessary to reach long-term goal

A description of how you will achieve these goals is given

 

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CONCLUSION

Concluding paragraph describes what you have learned by doing the assignment

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GRADE RUBRIC: STRATEGIES & TECHNIQUES

Student:

Sub-total:

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40

QUESTIONS

   
 

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List of 5 employers

Contact info of employers/key people

 

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State who you are calling

Outline/script includes: who you are; why you are calling; what you can do for them

 

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Answer uses 3 step method for handling rejection

 

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Statement about how you will use your existing network in your job search

Ideas about how you will expand your network

 

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At least 3 things you have to give your network

 

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At least 3 things you want to get from your network

 

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Describes a way to get people to remember your name

 

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States what you do best in a creative way

Gives a short description of you succeeding at what you do best

 

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Tells a story of a recent personal success

 

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Summary uses keywords related

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to career goal; uses both technical and layman’s terms; uses adjectives for impact