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Michelle Discussion Week 4

Professional Inventory

Mission: Find a job ad for a job you would like to get after you complete your training here at Interface. Use the job ad (copy the link into your response) and fill out a professional inventory. Look for phrases in the job ad (usually found in the requirements) and copy them into word. Write how you meet that criteria, with evidence. This is called a professional inventory. You use these phrases/evidence in your pointed cover letter. Please note that you do not have to show proof of every single requirement, just what you can.

Example of phrases from a job advertisement

evidence of your experience

Must enjoy working with animals

– volunteered for Spokanimal for three years

Excellent customer service skills

worked as a waitress in a busy, well-known restaurant for ten years, helping customers and making sure they enjoyed their stay

2. Write a paragraph for your pointed cover letter for this job ad using the phrases from the job ad and your evidence to back it up. Do you see how it may differ from other cover letters you’ve written in the past? How will this professional inventory help you out when it is time for you to search for a career?

I just wanted to clarify a bit here. Your evidence should be full sentences that showcase how you could prove your expertise/experience. The two I had were examples of what I was looking for. Your paragraph should be a paragraph you would actually include in a cover letter and would have their key terms that you put into the professional inventory, as well as your evidence. So for mine, my cover letter would say something like:

Must enjoy working with animals volunteered for Spokanimal for three years
Excellent customer service skills worked as a waitress in a busy, well-known restaurant for ten years, helping customers and making sure they enjoyed their stay

I thoroughly enjoy working with animals and have been a volunteer for Spokanimal for over three years. During my time at Spokanimal, I worked with animal intake, cleaning kennels, and exercising dogs. Though I worked mostly with animals, I also helped with customers who were looking to adopt animals and with those who were going to surrender their animals. Since I was a waitress for over ten years, I was able to use the skills I learned in the customer service industry during my volunteer work. While the type of customer service in a shelter differs from that at a restaurant, I was able to use my ability to make sure that the customer was happy and helped in a way that would make them want to return while at Spokanimal.

See what I mean? Try to whittle down errors and misspellings. Make it professional. Take your time.
Your response is due by Thursday, January 30th. It should be at least 200 words in length (this includes words in the table).

Your second response is due by Tuesday, February 6th by 6pm. These should be at least 75 words.

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