Career Prep Assignments & Instructions

Welcome again to V School! My name is Sariah Masterson and as Outcomes Director, I'll be your guide.

You're probably attending V School because you'd like to start a new job as a Web Developer and we think that's pretty neat! To help you on your way we've created a required series of readings and assignment to not only teach you more about how to network and job search effectively but to also help you get everything you'll need to search effectively ready to go by the end of class! That means Resumes, Cover Letters, LinkedIn, interview prep and more!

Each week you'll be required to read 1 or 2 blog posts on a career prep topic. The assignment for that week's topic will be due the following Monday. You can submit all your assignments via the Google Form below each assignment.

On Friday of each week I'll be joining you all via video chat for a brief Q&A on that week's topic. Bring questions! I've lectured on these topics for years and am in touch with local recruiters to keep V School up to date on the latest job searching trends.

Below is a syllabus of each topic you'll be covering throughout the course along with the companion assignment. You're welcome to following along with the class or to work ahead.

All of these assignments MUST be complete and passed of by the Outcomes Director in order to officially pass your program.

I'll be announcing the weekly topic in the V School slack #careerprep channel too. That's a great place to ask further questions on assignments, etc.

Career Prep Assignment Syllabus

Week 2: Networking Best Practices

Blog post: Networking: Utah Tech Meetups, Slack Teams + Conferences

Assignment:

  1. Set and submit a list of 5 networking goals for this course including a meetup you will attend.

  2. Attend 1 meetup this month and submit a 150 word paragraph on what happened and what you learned there and what you would do differently next time.

Submit your assignments via this Google Form:https://forms.gle/wYv68stbSBg93YqN8

Week 3: Resumes

Blog post: Is My Resume on Point? + Tips, Example, Templates

Assignment: Submit a PDF of your updated resume based on the resume checklist post above.

Submit your assignment via this Google Form:https://forms.gle/PEokXTrEFLDwt1N97

Week 4: Boosting your LinkedIn

Blog post: LinkedIn.com - Tips, Tricks, How-To's

Assignment:Submit your updated LinkedIn profile using your vanity URL.

Submit your assignment via this Google Form:https://forms.gle/kZHDNtxkc6xJc2no9

Week 5: Finding Jobs to Apply to

Blog post: Finding Jobs to Apply For: Online

Assignment: Submit a list of 10 different development job postings using at least 3 of the websites listed in this post. Job postings from slack or meetups are free game.

Submit your assignment via this Google Form:https://forms.gle/Gu4omr1WPgMJ9nQSA

Week 6: Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

Blog post: - JobScan.co - Free tool for getting your resume past Applicant Tracking Systems

Assignments:

  1. Submit a PDF of a resume tailored to match a job posting you found last week using JobScan with a score of 20% or above

  2. Submit a copy of your JobScan.com report

Submit your assignments via this Google Form:https://forms.gle/jC1W9MPoyruChyFV9

Week 7: Cover Letters

Blog post: What should I write in my cover letter? (Or that Email to a Real Person)

Assignment: Submit a Cover Letter tailored to one of the job posts you found for "Job searching best practices" following the exercise in the cover letter blog post

Submit your assignment via this Google Form:https://forms.gle/uUpnpWmkUToxfqTY8

Week 8: Techniques for applying to jobs

Blog posts:

Assignment: Using one of the jobs you found in "Job searching best practices" find someone to submit your resume to. List their name, company, job title and likely email address below. (If you can't find an email pattern using Huntr.io, list 5 possible email address combinations using their name)

Submit your assignment via this Google Form:https://forms.gle/2SgxtBHD1DZgDZdd9

Week 9: Interview Preparation

Blog posts:

Assignment: After reading both posts, complete the predicting potential interview questions exercise with one of the jobs you found from "Job searching best practices". Write out and submit a document response to at least 10 of the questions you predict will be asked in an interview

Submit your assignment via this Google Form:https://forms.gle/A7hrFy1R9hgg5V8m6

Week 10: Job Offer Negotiation

Blog post: Negotiation Best Practices

Assignment: Submit a 150 word paragraph on your salary research findings and benefits that are important to you. Include why these benefits are important to you.

Submit your assignment via this Google Form:https://forms.gle/WobWahHY5kkG1wuu7

Week 11: Job Search Plan of Action + Final Updates

Blost posts:

Assignments:

  1. Following the recommendations in the "Baby Steps" post, submit a document of your job search plan of action. Include a weekly schedule for how you plan to go about looking for work.

  2. Updated Resume: Submit an updated PDF of your resume including descriptions and links your web development projects and portfolio

  3. Updated LinkedIn: Submit your updated LinkedIn profile using your vanity URL below

  4. Submit the link to your final portfolio project

Submit your assignments via this Google Form:https://forms.gle/j7Xj9eNnoaMbygY4A