Professional Portfolio—Personal Statement/Cover Letter
For this assignment, you will submit the second document to be included in your Professional Portfolio: Your personal statement or a cover letter. As you near completion of your undergraduate education, you have probably been reflecting on your personal and professional development and goals. Summarizing so much personal information on paper is not easy, but it’s important. Many employers complain that in interviews and job applications, students do not seem to know how to articulate the skills and strengths that they bring to the job.
In preparation for writing the personal statement/cover letter, review Dr. Margaret A. Lloyd’s Web site at: http://www.psywww.com/careers/index.htm. Learn what you can do with your bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Determine if you will pursue graduate school or employment upon graduation. Note choices that seem to apply to you and why. If more than one, rank these choices. Describe any concerns you might have regarding your interests. What level of education will you need to pursue? Have you taken any previous courses or trained in this area? These links in particular should be helpful:
For this assignment, find a graduate program (if you are preparing your Professional Portfolio with the Graduate School focus) or a job opening that you would like to apply to (if you are preparing your Professional Portfolio with the Employment focus). Look up the details for the application requirements, and tailor your personal statement/cover letter to these specific graduate school/job requirements.
Personal Statement (for those with the Graduate School focus)
This essay may be the single most influential component of a graduate school application. The statement you write for this portfolio gives you a forum for presenting yourself to the admissions committee, scholarship committee, and others who want to know something about you.
In preparation for writing the statement, read the document “Preparing Personal Statements” at: http://www.creighton.edu/soar/preparingapps/statements/. Here are a few of their suggestions:
- find and use yourvoice
- use concreteexamples of what you’ve done
- avoidgeneralizations, such as “I’m good with people”
- proofread and edit (and ask others to proofread and make suggestions about) your statement to be sure it is free of grammatical and typographical errors, and informal language, “I’m okay with sciences but weak in math”
Cover Letter (for those with the Employment focus)
A cover letteris a way to introduce yourself to a potential employer. This letter should include details about yourself and why you feel you are qualified for the position. Summarize your undergraduate experiences, your strengths and weaknesses, the reasons you are applying and how they will help you meet your professional goals.
Write a cover letter to a prospective employer. The letter, which should accompany your resume, should summarize why you are interested in the job and what qualifications and skills make you an ideal candidate or match for the position. Limit your letter to one page.
Follow this link for advice on writing a cover letter: http://www.uwec.edu/ORSP/IRB/about/submit/Cover-Letter.htm.
Submit your Personal Statement or Cover Letter to the M2: Assignment 2 Dropbox by Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
|Assignment 2 Grading Criteria and Respective Point Value||
|Presented a personal statement reflecting personal development and goals. Included specific examples of experience and achievement.
Cover letter was clear and concise, while discussing undergraduate experiences, strengths and weaknesses, and reasons for applying to the selected job.
|Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.||
Seeking a Job in below field
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (Contractor)
FT Meade, MD 01/2009-07/2010
Supervisor: Antoinetta Gauth contact: yes– [email protected]
Hours per week: 40
Conduct program management activities. Update unit standard operating procedures (SOP) and review subordinate unit SOPs for conformance to policy. Develop appropriate funding streams to provide for personnel, training aids and resources, and external training resources (i.e., Sex Signals, MVP, etc) for all units. Ensure timely & accurate reporting of Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP)/Sexual Assault Data Management Systems (SADMS) data. Coordinate and participate in the Senior Commander’s monthly Sexual Assault Review Board (SARB). Conduct staff inspections / staff assistance visits at all subordinate units to evaluate SHARP program management and execution with drill down to company level. Produce quarterly and annual assessment reports. Monitor and assess training goals. Track subordinate command’s SHARP training, and the appointment of the command’s SHARP proponents. Assess training effectiveness. Prepare quarterly training brief. Develop MOUs/MOAs to assist the victims of Sexual Assault throughout the AOR. Coordinate and participate in activities with other programs, other commands and communities. Provide sample cooperative agreements for outreach and partnerships with local community resources. Publish an expanded Army Strategic Communications (STRATCOM) with appropriate funding Develop Campaign Plans to support Army STRATCOM. Conduct prevention activities. Coordinate and participate in prevention working group. Develop, staff draft prevention plan, and finalize the plan. Coordinate and participate in prevention events and communications. Provide talking points to Commanders for town hall meetings, all hands, unit climate briefings, etc. Provide monthly newsletters to leadership, proponents and rank and file. Coordinate Public Service Announcements. Coordinate command climate and exit surveys. Conduct annual focus groups. Evaluate focus group data; analyze data; establish root cause of potential issues, and develop recommendations to prevent SH/SA. Brief leadership on findings. Develop sexual harassment policy for the commander and coordinate these statements with the servicing staff judge advocate or legal advisor before providing to the Commander. Continually assess and be aware of the climate of command regarding sexual harassment. Identify problems or potential problems. Take prompt, decisive action to investigate all complaints of sexual harassment. Work with leadership to either resolve the problem at the lowest possible level or, if necessary, take formal disciplinary or administrative action. Work with leadership to ensure Soldiers are not retaliated against for filing complaints. Continually monitor the unit and assess sexual harassment prevention policies and programs at all levels within area of responsibility. Ensure personnel understand that if they witness or know of incidents of sexual harassment, they are obligated to act. Conduct response activities. Ensure SHARP Advocates/Specialists have the communication and transportation needed to accomplish assigned tasks. Coordinate victim response and advocacy issues with CID, Commander, Surgeon, PMO, Contractor HR, IG, SJA, PAO, MTF, EEO, and Chaplain offices. Advise SH complainant on reporting alternatives, conduct mediation, conduct intervention, provide advice and recommendations to leadership. Formal complaints will be forwarded to HQDA. Provide information and resources to victims. Prevent re-victimization and zero tolerance for retaliation. Conduct training activities. Provide pre/post deployment training. Conduct leadership training. Conduct newcomer training. Conduct unit training.