1000 points total

  • Quiz: 25 points
  • Networking/Information Interview Proposal: 25 points
  • Speculative Resume: 100 points
  • Cover Letter and Resume draft: 50 points
  • Cover Letter and Resume final: 200 points
  • LinkedIn (+1) pages: 100 points
  • Portfolio: 150 points
  • Elevator Speech: 100 points
  • Networking and Information Interview Paper: 150 points
  • Participation: 100 points

Quiz: Reading quiz on first day of class.

Networking/Information Interview Proposal: Based on research and professor input, students will provide three professionals they plan to contact (for two information interviews) and a networking event they plan to attend.  Choices for the networking event include the following.  There may or may not be costs involved.

Students must submit a paragraph about the job title and industry (or small range of jobs titles) that you wish to pursue.  Then, provide a list of three names and contact info for those whom you might interview. (You only need to interview two.)  Also include the text of a short e-mail you plan to send asking for an interview.

Finally, list the conference you plan to attend (or provide more of a description about the kind of conference you wish to attend).  

Reflection: “Speculative Resume” (due October 9): Considering the messages suggested by The Defining Decade, create a two page resume that reflects your desire to look for a job in 2030 (when you likely turn 35.)  Think of this as a form of speculative fiction, but be realistic in terms of your goals and hopes.  Also consider what are your metrics for success.  We’re going to assume the best, so what does the “best” mean to you.  You will be graded on format, spelling, etc., as well as an understanding of the jobs that you list as your experience—in other words, a certain amount of research is required.

Cover Letter and Resume: Students must have a “ready-to-go” cover letter (e-mail length) and resume for an organization/and job title of their choice.  You may write this for a fictional position or one that you find online. (The latter may be easier.)  Ideally, this would be written for an internship you want to pursue next semester.  The email cover letter and resume should be sent to Professor Sarachan in the same manner that you would send it to a potential employer: everything counts, including filename, etc..  Please also submit a hard copy of both documents in class on October 24. A draft and final version will be handed in and students must schedule a visit to the career center to review the two documents.

A grade will be given for both the draft and final version.  Any typos or obvious grammar errors will result in a zero for the assignment. Feel free to have others proofread.

LinkedIn (+1): Students will complete a “ready-to-go” LinkedIn page and establish themselves professionally on one other social media site (e.g., Quora, Twitter).

For LinkedIn, you must have an appropriate photo, the experience and education sections filled in thoroughly, as well as the overall profile representing what you’ve done and what you want to do.  (Think of it as a written elevator speech.)  Connect to 4-5 organizations (including @macsjfc and St. John Fisher College) and connect to at least 10 people (including Professor Sarachan).  Having accurate spelling, grammar, and the correct name(s) of your major(s) all count.

For your social media presence, you will present what you’ve done to create one meaningful presence in class on November 7.

Portfolio: Students will create an online portfolio to show potential employees their work.  You must create it in either WordPress, Wix, or make it yourself. (Other CMS’s may be approved by the professor.  Squarespace is a nice, not free, option.)  You must include:

  • A resume typed over into the program.
  • A link to your LinkedIn site
  • Professional social media site (at least one)–most likely
  • Examples of work: press kits, videos (or a reel), photographs, journalistic pieces (you may link to the online posting).  Choose your best.   These should possibly be images as links–even writing pieces, maybe.  4-5 examples are preferred.
  • For the work, include an “abstract/artist statement/etc.”. Describe the work and (in the case of group work) your role in it.

Submit the URL of your portfolio here:

Elevator Speech: Students will present (to the class and perhaps one or two guests) information about themselves in a quick 25-30 second burst of energy.  Tell us about your goals, education background, experience.

Networking and Information Interview Paper: Students will write a 750-1000 word paper discussing and analyzing what they learned about their chosen profession from the two information interviews and the required networking session.  Topics to be discussed may include: nature of the work; education/knowledge needed to begin; important traits for success; salary; work/life balance; potential career projectory, etc..

Participation: Students will be expected to engage in class discussion during each period and have questions for the participants of the career panels.  Students should plan to participate at least 3-4 times/class for an “A” and 1-2 times each class for a “B”  Occasional comments will earn a C/D. Complete silence will earn a zero for participation.