PROJECT 18: Career Management


Finding and securing a job is a crucial step but it is only the beginning. Your career will continue throughout your lifetime and you must give a great deal of thought to your success in this new career. This project will provide you with insight into issues you will encounter both as a new hire and throughout your career. This project is particularly recommended for students close to accepting a current job, for those already holding job offers, or for those already working. The goal is to be looking ahead to the next promotion or job change. This project could also be used for students planning graduate study career planning as a tool for a job search following that graduate study. It may help you confirm that, given your goals, graduate study is the best option for you.


Read Chapter 22 in the textbook.

Read sections in career-related websites dealing with on-the-job success. Link to sites through Career Links and the UCSO website under Career Resources. The following websites will be particularly useful to you in this project:

Complete ONE of the options listed below.

Your finished project should fulfill ALL of the requirements below.




A.     Employee Evaluation Reviews: Read the section on Performance Appraisals in Chapter 22 of the textbook.

B.     Research on Reviews: From the Oncourse website you will see Lectures. Click Performance Appraisal to open and review the content of that lecture. Any HRM textbook will also have a chapter on Performance Evaluation which you can use instead of, or in addition to, this lecture PowerPoint. You will also find some articles and forms on performance management through this link: HRM Articles. Scroll down the left frame to Performance Appraisal.

C.    Write one to two pages summarizing what you have read about performance appraisals. Discuss the process, goals, timing, meetings with supervisors, and the results of evaluation meetings.

D.    Evaluate Yourself Empathetically: Using one of the interview forms linked below as a performance appraisal form, complete any one of the forms considering how an employer would view your performance on a job. Keep in mind any of your previous work experiences. Fill out the form from the employers perspective. You can use a previous part-time job, full-time summer job, or an internship. Send a short email to yourself from your boss indicating that your performance appraisal is due next week and include a paragraph that briefly describes the job. In the last paragraph indicate that your purpose is to establish goals for the next six months.

1.      Interview Evaluation

2.      Selection Summary

3.      Interview Report

4.      Powells Trait Checklist

E.     Improvement: Write a one-page email describing strategies for correcting any of your deficiencies and setting forth some specific future objectives. This should be an email from you to your boss. Indicate in the email that the completed review is attached.

Deliverables: If you choose Option A, you should turn in to your Career Counselor:

      One- to two-page summary of performance appraisals

      Completed evaluation form (2-3 pages)

      One-page email acknowledging the review.



A.     New Job Advice: Review several career websites for advice about early behavior on a new job. List your sources. Also read Chapter 22 on Career Management in the textbook. Read a book on success. Research the web. Read about mentors.

B.     Write at least one page summarizing what you learned, including any advice offered.

C.    Job Tasks: Describe your first week, day-by-day, on your first job out of college. Discuss probable job activities, clothing, behavior, and free-time activities. Use timelines. Refer back to your job description to use as a guideline of responsibilities that you need to convert to daily tasks.

D.    Beyond Expectations: Consider what you do when you dont have enough work to fill your time; what do you do and how do you find meaningful activities to do. Higher salary increases and promotions go to superior performers. What will you do to distinguish your performance?

E.     Monitor Use: How do you expect to find your niche in an office hierarchy? Who do you ask for advice on office procedures and protocol? How will you obtain a personal mentor/coach?

Deliverables: If you choose Option B, you should turn in to your Career Counselor:

      One-page summary of new job advice, including sources.

      Description of first week and first quarter on the job. Operationalize your job description.

      Strategy for job success, including image building, dressing for success, goal setting, obtaining multiple mentors, etc.

Your project should total two to four pages.



A.     Job Satisfaction: Review several career websites for advice about job satisfaction on a new job. List your sources and the articles you read. Use a search engine like Google to locate articles and research on Job Satisfaction. Submit copies of at least three articles.

B.     Research Summary: Write at least one page summarizing what you learned, including any advice offered.

C.    Job Comparisons: Think of a job you have previously had. It could be a summer internship, a part-time job, or other work experience. List all the things you liked about the job including the environment, tasks, schedule, benefits, salary, contact with other employees and clients, etc. List all the things you disliked about that job. How do you compare your past experiences to the information in the three articles you selected in part A?

D.    Ideal Work Setting: Write one to two pages analyzing what sort of position and corporate climate is likely to bring you the most job satisfaction. Be specific.

Deliverables: If you choose Option C, you should turn in to your Career Counselor:

      One-page summary of advice on job satisfaction, including sources

      List of likes and dislikes on former job

      Comparison of experiences with readings

      One to two pages on ideal work setting.

Your project should total two to four pages.



A.     Job Satisfaction/Turnover: Review several career websites for advice about job satisfaction on a new job. List your sources and the articles you read.

B.     Research Results: Write at least one page summarizing what you learned, including any advice offered.

C.    New Job Search Strategy: Using the information contained in Chapters 14-16 of the textbook, prepare a job search plan. Indicate the sources that you plan to employ with your unique career interests. Be specific about which websites, search firms, newspapers, and other resources will be most beneficial for you. Discuss how each of the sources of job leads mentioned in Figure 15.2 will be of value to you. This should be no more than two pages.

D.    Telephone Solicitations: The telephone will play a very important role in your future job searching. Create a telephone script using ideas from Figure 15.4 and 15.5. This will be your sales commercial. Keep it under one minute when read on the telephone. It must motivate the listener to schedule a 30-minute meeting with you. You should keep this script to about one single-spaced word-processed page so that you can read it when the headhunter or prime employer calls.

Read this script out loud to your Career Counselor during your lab meeting.

E.     Use of Agencies: Using the Search Firm Letter in Figure 15.10 of the textbook as a guide, write a similar letter that emphasizes your unique competencies for the future long-term job that you eventually want to have. You are welcomed to include some hypothetical information that currently may not fit you but which probably will in a few years.

F.     Prospect Cards: Identify two firms hiring for the type of position for which you will eventually aspire. Copy these positions from a specialized job website. They should require at least three years more experience than you now possess. Using the prospect card (Figure 15.8 in your textbook) as a guide, submit prospect cards for these two organizations. You do not need to currently be qualified for these positions.

Deliverables: If you choose Option D, you should turn in to your Career Counselor:

      Sources for articles you read on the web with one-page summary of what you learned

      One to two pages of job search plan

      Telephone monologue about one page

      Letter to search firm based on text example

      Two prospect cards.