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EDU499: College of Education Capstone

EDU499: Week 1 – Discussion

Week 1 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Resume Peer Review

For this discussion forum, you will create a resume and apply for a job from the Multigenerational Center’s job board in the Multigenerational Center Activity (Links to an external site.)Multigenerational Center Job Board (Links to an external site.). Look at the jobs in your program and pay attention to the skills and requirements. Consider the required qualifications as well as the job description before you choose the position that most closely aligns with your field of study.

Your first step in applying for this position is submitting a resume to the Multigenerational Center’s director. Creating a strong resume is a crucial component in any successful job search. Your resume serves as your personal marketing document and your first impression to prospective employers. To create a strong resume, you must first identify the message you want the reader to receive and determine the skills and qualifications you would like to highlight on your resume. In this case, you should highlight your skills that are applicable to the job at the Multigenerational Center. For this discussion, you will explore the components of a strong resume, reflect on your own career goals, and assess what action steps you can take to make your resume stronger.

To prepare for your discussion, watch the pre-recorded Career Jump Start Series Part 1: Developing a Professional Cover Letter and Resume (Links to an external site.) webinar to help prepare you for creating or updating your resume. Then, complete the Ashford University Multigenerational Center Activity (Links to an external site.) in your online classroom.

Use the resume resources in Ashford University’s Career & Alumni Services’ Marketing Yourself (Links to an external site.) to develop an initial resume, so you can target the resume to the specific job at the Multigenerational Center. Review the Compare and Contrast Resumes document  download from Career Services when creating your resume.

In your initial post, create your resume using the Week 1 Discussion Resume Template.  downloadPost your resume in the in the Discussion Forum, with your response to the following points:

  • Name your program of study.
  • State the title of the position for which you are applying.
  • In one to two sentences, explain how your field of study has prepared you for this position.
  • Share one item (example: a connection you made while volunteering) that does not really fit on your resume but will work in your Cover Letter.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your peers. In responses, provide feedback on how peers’ key skills and qualifications will help get the job to which they are applying. Additionally, provide at least one suggestion on how your peers might emphasize their relevant skills to ensure that they are called in for an interview.

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