Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ethics

After reviewing the different ethical lapses, I realized how dangerous it can be when people become numb to a certain humanizing factor that connects all mankind. It is safe to say that some of the most tragic events in history have happened a result of losing sight of this factor.
My personal set of ethics center on being aware of how my decisions and actions affect the world around me. I realize that every decision has an impact on those around me and could ,quite possibly, have an affect on an even larger scope. 

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Miscommunication

One instance of miscommunication in the workplace happened at the retail store in which I worked this past summer. Every few weeks, the store would rearrange the displays. It was the responsibility of the merchandising manager to personally meet with the associates charged with setting displays and to go over the diagramed floor plan sent down from corporate. The whole process is quite an ordeal that involves moving multiple large shelving units and entires sections of clothing. In one particular case, the merchandising manager instructed the associates involved with rearranging the store to find the diagram in the store office and to start the process. Once the setup was nearly complete, the manager went to check on the employees to find they had followed the wrong diagram. The entire thing had to be broken back down and redone. The situation could have been avoided if the manager would have communicated with the employees appropriately and if the employees would have double checked to make sure they had the correct diagram. 

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I found the presentation on Prague to be very interesting. I love traveling so the subject was one that got my attention from the start. Prague is a lesser known european destination so it was nice to hear a little more about the city. As far as my past experience with online portfolios, last year I completed a e-portfolio for a CU101 class. The portfolio contained all the assignments completed throughout the year. I actually liked completing it and adding photos and setting the different backgrounds. The experience was also a good chance to get acquainted with the idea of an online portfolio. 

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Presentations

I really enjoyed all the presentations and hearing about all the different topics. While each was interesting, I enjoyed the lacrosse, vinyl record, and best active athlete presentations. Each was very interesting and informative. The lacrosse and vinyl presentations dealt with topics of which I was not too knowledgeable. The best active athlete presentation proposed a series of face offs between world class athletes. This was particularly interesting because I have, on many occasions, done this very thing with amongst my friends. It was interesting to see David's choice for each winner.  

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cover Letter

The tutorial offered insightful tips to writing a cover letter. I do not have much experience with cover letters myself so I cannot say I disagree with any of the given advice. There were, however, certain things that I had not previously considered about cover letters. The use of handwritten post scripts is something that can grab the attention of the reader and  make certain that your most impressive information is read. Also, placing testimonials in the cover letter can enhance the credibility of you letter. One of the things heavily stressed by the tutorial was that taking the hiring process to the next step was contingent upon the follow up. By keeping in contact with the employer with a follow up phone call, the chances of being hired are enhanced.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The visit from the client was informative and yet left plenty of room for various ideas and possibilities. So far just a few ideas that have crossed my mind varying from a health festival to a rewards program. My biggest concern would probably be making sure that my group's finished product is one that we are happy with and that accomplishes the task at hand in an innovative way. 

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The article covers many of the biggest mistakes one could make  during a job interview. The only mistake that is absent is tardiness. Punctuality makes a few statements about you as a person from the start. Punctuality shows the interviewer that that you are aware and grateful that they took valuable time from their day for you. Being on time also shows that you are organized, put together and that you value the possibility of landing the job at hand. As far as my personal experience with job interviews goes, I have not had any formal job interviews. The few interviews that I have had were very casual. Referring back to what the article said about mirroring your interviewer, it was relatively comfortable to answer the given questions in this casual interview. The vibe of the interview allowed me to relax and respond in a desired manner. I only hope if the interview would have been more formal that I would adapted and given the same desired responses.  As noted in the article, it is extremely important to be prepared for the interview and have a good knowledge of the company and its purpose and workings. By doing adequate research via the internet and phone calls, along with any other means necessary, this information can be obtained.