Day 4: Friday, June 24

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Day 4: Friday, June 24

All activities and readings should be completed by midnight EDT today. It's best to complete the readings and activities in the order listed because some activities depend on knowledge acquired in earlier steps.

Goals for Today

  • Read about the different ways of describing your job skills at the Purdue OWL for Learning Module 2.
  • Post Reading Response 2, on building a professional ethos and network and your digital identity


"My dream is to have a plumber read this book and figure out how he can show his work and get a following and an audience for what he does to help his business along. I want to see a plumber with an Instagram account, teaching me how to fix the aerator on my sink, and then I go to him when I have a really big problem."—Austin Kleon

Watch this short interview with Austin Kleon.

Reading Response Prompt 2: (Tag: reading response 2, digital identity, networks) After completing the readings for today, post one reading response to your blog that responds to these prompts:

  1. After reading the five short articles, watching the Austin Kleon interviews, and thinking about your own ethos and networks, how would you summarize your digital identity and ethos? You should cite examples from online sources (the usual, like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or more remote sites). You should also Google your name(s) to see what shows up in a Web search (called "egosurfing"), a news search, and an image search. You do not (and should not) reveal anything that might be uncomfortable in your response (everyone has those awkward aspects of their digital identity, more than likely). You goal is to summarize what you learn.
  2. Now that you've thought more about your digital identity, what steps can or will you take to change or improve it, given your goals for college and your career? How might you share your work with your (professional) networks (as Austin Kleon suggests)?

Activities to Complete Today

  • Learning Module 2: Review the Job Skills Checklist at Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL): In a blog post, list at least ten (10) skills from the inventory and then for each skill an example from your experience that demonstrates the skill. Tags: learning module 2, job skills.
  • If you haven't already done so, be sure to post 4 comments to the reading responses or learning modules of your peers by midnight today.
  • To get some inspiration for alternative resume formats, check out this one, made with Adobe Premiere and AfterEffects. Pretty clever!

Looking Ahead

On Day 5, you'll assess the content and design of your print resume in preparation for posting a polished draft of your resume by the end of the day. You'll read about resume and document design (including arrangement, layout, and typography) to help you. You'll also learn about how to elicit good responses to drafts of your work and how to be a good peer reviewer.