blog (short for web log) is an electronic journal used to communicate thoughts and ideas using text, images, audio and video. Unlike the portfolios, please type directly into the text box for the Week One, Two, and Three blogs. Do not submit an attachment. Use the image and video functions in the HTML editor to tastefully insert media. See here:
Week One: Your Professional Philosophy
For this week’s blog, you will compose a professional philosophy statement, sometimes referred to as a work statement. This can be a valuable document to include with an application or portfolio, but it is also helpful preparation for interview questions. This statement will be included as part of your final project/e-portfolio that is due in week four (note the duck icon). Your professional philosophy statement should be 250-500 words.
As you consider what to include in your statement, keep in mind the things that employers find valuable; for example: organization, resourcefulness, work ethic, creativity, motivation, perseverance, adaptability, strong written and verbal communication, and so on. You can address technical skills that you possess, but do not overlook “soft” skills like solid time-management and those listed above.
Do not simply detail your work experience; that is what your resume is for. Instead, the professional philosophy statement should encapsulate your personal perspective or approach to the work you do (or hope to do once you enter your field). What do you bring to the workplace that is unique and which will help you and your colleagues succeed?
Put your best foot forward, but always present an authentic picture of yourself. Do not fabricate or exaggerate. Consider touching on current trends within your field and how you keep up with such trends. For example, do you belong to a professional organization? Do you subscribe to a specific trade journal, or have you been to any professional conferences or workshops? If so, what is one piece of knowledge or a specific skill you acquired that you have utilized, or plan to utilize, in your day to day work? Double-check grammar and spelling. This statement is a reflection of your professionalism.
Let your knowledge and experience come out in this statement, but remember to share your passion for the career field as well.
Before writing your statement, take a look at your career and ask yourself: What makes me good at what I do? How can I leverage my knowledge, skills and passion to help a business fulfill its goals?