About this Course
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In the capstone project, you will combine the skills you’ve learned in the prior four courses of the specialization to polish your elevator speeches, complete your resumes - including multiple versions for different targets - complete your story file, identify possible jobs or careers, perform the research you have learned to do, write suitable cover letters, and ideally land a job! You will: 1. Develop a personal marketing plan and campaign for getting interviews. 2. Identify at least three organizations with open positions for which you want to apply. 3. Research those organizations and positions. 4. Prepare pitch sheets and J.I.S.T. cards (mini-resumes) targeting those positions. 5. Complete your resume, and if necessary complete multiple versions to target each position. 6. Write appropriate cover letters for the positions. 7. Record and evaluate responses to a set of standard interview questions. 8. Record and evaluate responses to a set of predictable behavioral interview questions. 9. Record and evaluate a response to one situational interview question. 10. Record and evaluate a response to one wild-card question. As the specialization has focused throughout on the real-world skills you need to research yourself, the market, and a company and has given you strategies and tools to prepare for and succeed in an interview, the capstone project should align with what you have been trained for and position you to land the job you want!...
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Suggested: 8 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week

Approx. 14 hours to complete
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Subtitles: English
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100% online courses

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Suggested: 8 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week

Approx. 14 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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12 minutes to complete

Welcome

You get an overview of the capstone here, with a description of the milestones you're asked to complete. You'll have the chance to discuss your background, your goals, your concerns and your plans for this capstone....
Reading
1 video (Total 7 min)

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Envisioning Your Future Self

In this module, you will develop a vision of your ideal work. That product of "the workshop of your mind" will serve to direct your activities throughout this capstone....
Reading
1 video (Total 9 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Reading3 readings
You Need to Practice Being Your Future Self10m
Additional Resources10m
Think and Grow Rich10m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Developing Your Personal Marketing Plan

This week you'll create your personal marketing plan to guide your job search campaign. You'll be introduced to many online resources that you can use to help develop that plan. You'll write an action plan describing what steps you will take to get meetings and interviews....
Reading
1 video (Total 6 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Reading5 readings
Sample Personal Marketing Plan10m
Online Research Portals10m
Find Jobs at The Muse10m
Companies Featured at The Muse10m
Conducting a Campaign to Get Interviews10m

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8 hours to complete

Building Your Pitch Repertoire

This week you develop your pitch repertoire based on selected positions from your marketing plan.Your pitch repertoire includes long and short elevator speeches for each position, as well as JIST cards. ...
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6 videos (Total 44 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Writing Summary Sections6m
Writing Objectives7m
Developing Your Two-Minute Pitch6m
An Example Two-Minute Pitch8m
Developing Your 30-Second Pitch6m
Reading5 readings
Workforce Competencies10m
Pitch Resources10m
JIST Example File10m
Power Word Lists10m
Rubric for Pitch Repertoire Assignments10m

Instructor

Charles Duquette

Lecturer/Marketing Coordinator
Maryland English Institute

About University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign. ...

About the Interviewing and Resume Writing in English Specialization

This specialization will help you develop the English language strategies and communication skills you need to advance in your professional career. Whether you already have a successful career and are looking to move forward, whether you’re looking to change careers, whether you’re starting out in the world of work, or whether you’re coming back into the world of work after some time away – if you believe in working for more than a paycheck, then this specialization will help you. The core courses cover preparing for a successful job search, including self research and research of the job market and industries of interest; strengthening your interview skills by recognizing what hiring managers are looking for and taking steps to prepare for the types of tough questions today's premier companies use; and preparing a resume, cover letter and supporting business documents. The capstone will allow you to apply the skills you learn in this specialization to your own job search. A key benefit of this specialization is the opportunities you'll have to practice your interviewing skills with other job-seekers from around the world. You’ll give them feedback and they’ll give you feedback. In this process, you’ll gain new insight into what makes a speaker successful and you’ll gain confidence in your English interviewing skills....
Interviewing and Resume Writing in English

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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