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Words of Recommendation

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My current supervisor has composed a wonderful letter of recommendation for me to use, and while normally I would keep such things sealed to ensure confidence in its contents this one was made for the eyes of anyone who cares to listen.  Here is an excerpt:

“Prior to David’s arrival, CASTL did not have a dedicated staff person who was able to consistently focus energies on our nationwide student tracking initiative.  This project required reaching out to multiple school districts, schools, teachers and parents to locate students and student data related to a multi-million dollar grant-funded research project.  This involved repeated daily contact with the public, regimented cataloging of incoming and outgoing phone and mail communications, and precise data entry and verification.

“David quickly proved to be invaluable asset in all aspects of this process.  David was able to comfortably work with the public via phone and email.  David was quick to understand both the larger scope of the project as well as the important details related to accurate data collection.  David was able to work independently on all aspects of this project while being mindful to seek direction when appropriate.  He also took initiative on many occasions to offer thoughts on ways in which aspects of this complicated process might be made more efficient.”

You can download and read the entire thing here (PDF, Adobe Acrobat Reader is required).

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Written by Tarsus

March 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Anatomy of a Job Fair

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Today I had the pleasure of attending the 26th Annual PVCC Job Fair, which was a remarkable experience in as-much as it demonstrated why such a thing is increasingly out-dated.  It is easy to see why.  The internet has clearly revolutionized the process of looking for a job, but the Job Fair has yet to catch up with that reality.  The experience at PVCC was not unlike other Fairs of this kind, a couple hundred persons in need of employment (that would be, several hundred persons like myself) vying for the attention of a couple dozen Human Resources professionals.  Resumes are past, cards are exchanged, but this analog experience remains primarily about face time – as if to say, “Hello, my name is David.  As you can see, I am more than just some electrons that happen to form a summary of experience and qualifications.  How are you?”

Were I to advise PVCC on the organization of this event, I would do it thusly:

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Written by Tarsus

March 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

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How this All Began.

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A few days ago, when it was still February, I was a Project Assistant for the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (hereafter referred to as CASTL, pronounced “castle”), working under the auspices of the National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (or NCRECE, said “increase”).  This is an enjoyable job, for a great employer, but the term is somewhat opaque.  To more widely express what a Project Assistant does allow me to explain something of what this was all about.

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Written by Tarsus

March 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm