Assignment 1: Letter of Interest
By the due date assigned, submit your responses to the Discussion Area.
Imagine: There is an opening at a local organization for a mentor/life coach. This person would be working with a wide range of clientele that has an ever larger set of needs. The mentor/life coach could be working with a number of stakeholders in this position: business professionals, healthcare/medical professionals, educators, etc. As you skim through the job listing, you start to make a list of qualifications and qualities that they’re looking for in a potential candidate:
- Able to see multiple perspectives
- Culturally sensitive
- Good listener
- Team player
You’re very excited because you have just finished a wonderful course called Interpersonal Effectiveness. Additionally, you’re successfully going through a degree program. Through both of these experiences, you feel you have learned the skills necessary to be able to make a difference in the lives of others through this job. You see that the job posting has asked for any interested candidates to e-mail a letter of interest.
Write a letter of interest for this position as a mentor/life coach. As you write this e-mail, it is important that you make the reader aware of your knowledge and experience related to the qualifications for the position (as listed above).
After you have made your initial post, be sure to respond to your classmates. Imagine that you are the hiring manager responsible for finding the next mentor/life coach. Review your classmates’ letters and respond with positive comments and additional questions (based on your understanding of the content that we have learned).
Complete your participation for this assignment through the end of the module.
Guidelines for responding to your classmates’ posts:
Appropriate responses may include:
- Asking a follow-up question
- Furthering the discussion
- Reinforcing a response
- Adding another dimension
Inappropriate responses include:
- Using simple statements of agreement/disagreement
- Making personal attacks
- Arguing without supportive evidence
- Making off-topic comments