2009 Spring—Oral Training for Juniors/Seniors IIIB
Jo Ho

This course will be conducted as a professional seminar that prepares students for the up-coming job market crunch, or at least getting ready to face the complex realities of daily life as adult professionals. Students will learn to construct their own personal profiles for employment-related purposes, write letters of explanation/complaint/negotiation, and practice presentation skills. For those interested in pursing advanced studies, we will also learn about preparing statements of purpose and letters of recommendation. Reference materials are located on the website for this course and will be discussed in great detail in class. Students will be required to turn in written work regularly, shape up their professional image, and make respectable presentations in class.

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Tentative Schedule:

date course plan

intro to the course
homework: bring in your choice of job descriptions, want-ads
Job Descriptions and Professionalism

3-03 understanding the job market and the need for professionalism (報告:Amy, Arene, Fiona)
What is Professionalism?
Are You a Professional?
homework: look over resume tips on course webpage, construct your own resume
Creating a Concise Resume
Positive terms to describe yourself in a professional setting
3-10 anatomy of a resume (報告:Sunny, Angela, Sherry)
homework: complete your resume
Creating a positive professional image
Developing your professional image
Buff your professional image
3-17 strategizing/packaging your image (報告:Gracie , Vicky , Claire )
homework: finalize your personal resume or profile
3-24 resume is due; presentations of finalized personal resumes
homework: write up interview experiences or collect interview tips
Dressing for an interview
Boost your interview IQ
Keep your guard up at the interview

student papers:
3-31 preparing for job interviews (報告:Danny , Peggy , Mimi )
How to Prepare for a Job Interview
Behind the interview questions
100 interview questions
homework: organize for mock interview; prepare self-introductions
Key Interview Questions
self-introductions and mock interviews
sample self-introductions
4-21 self-introductions and mock interviews
homework: writing letters of inquiry
Cover Letters
letters for miscellaneous purposes
Writing letters of request
Writing letters of complaint
How to reply to letters of complaint
4-28 writing letters
(morning make-up class--cover letters 報告: Tina , Bruce , Berry )
(afternoon regular class --other letters 報告: Lisa , Beryl , Eve )
homework: look up existing work ethic
Adjust to your new job
Make the most of your first job
Earn respect at your first job
5-05 letter is due; work ethic: what are the basic rules of conduct (報告:Six , Valerie , Melissa )
homework: find info on admission application process
5-12 the application process (報告:Amanda , Wienie )
homework: preparing a CV
preparing a statement of purpose
sample essay for fellowships and scholarships
MBA in Marketing - Admission Essay
5-19 working on the CV and statement of purpose (報告:Alicia , Emily , Monica )
homework: write up draft for statement of purpose
All About Recommendation Letters
How to write a recommendation letter
Requesting a letter of recommendation
5-26 discussion of recommendation letter (報告:Rex , Jack , Claudia )
homework: finalize statement of purpose (or autobiography )
6-02 SOP is due; making presentations
homework: getting your personal profile ready
6-09 presenting your personal profile (paper copy in folder)
homework: turn in electronic format of personal profile
6-16 Becoming a Speaker