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M E M O R A N D U M ________________________________________________________ To: English 332 students From: Beryl Pittman BP Date: January 14, 2011 Subj: Career Assessment Assignment due Jan 26, 11p, moodle Assignments When it’s time to start looking seriously for a job, it’s important to le arn as much as possible about organizations that you are interested in Unfortunately, sometimes job-seekers, especially young ones, consider only whether their skills match an open position offered by the organization. Therefore, I am asking you to explore areas such as corporate culture, appreciation of creativity, and other criteria that are important to you. I also want you to learn some basics about communicating information successfully to a single audience in what basically models a feasibility report. The purpose of this memo is to explain how to complete this assignment so that you will fulfill the evaluative criteria successfully and maybe even discover a promising organization. Why should you learn about an organization? Even though the job market is still tight, it’s still important for you to really like the organization you work for. Note that I said “organization you work for.” Not “your job.” You’ll be spending more waking hours at work during the week than you will with friends and family, so you need to share your company’s values: Do you want to work for an organization that includes social responsibility in its mission statement a “green” company or one that values volunteering? Do you want to be part of an organization that encourages decision-making from the bottom up? Do you want to be part of an organization that values creativity, and even mistakes? Would you thrive on the thrill of being part of a small start-up, or would you rather play it safe? How about a c ompany that’s in the process of merging with another, or gobbling up lots of others? What impact would it have on you if your organization had lots of international sites, maybe even a headquarters that’s half a world away? And what about your personal preferences? Do you want to travel a lot? Do you want to wear heels or a tie every day? Do you want your benefits package to include more than health insurance? Do you want to make lots of money even if it means working 75-hour weeks? Do little extras like foosball or a bowling league matter? You get the picture…. Doing your “homework” takes time, but the payoff is a more targeted job search that will help
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Hill during the Spring '11 term at Wake Forest.

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