For an in-class exercise, have students interview each other, using these questions from 10 entrepreneurs.
From Peter Daley, a great article in Fortune magazine about how LinkedIn is changing business [13f_hempel_linked_in].
Is a two-page resume ever ok? Good question, particularly for an in-class discussion. Or, assign as homework, asking students to write a one-page response about ways they can tailor their resumes to fit their audience and purpose: Is a Two-Page Resume Ever OK? | The Daily Muse.
For Tech/Bus Comm—an interesting article about how the job search has changed. Have students read and apply the different ways to communicate their job skills to employers.
A great article about the “soft skills” scientists need in an industry job—working in teams, responding appropriately to different situations, and explaining technical material to a lay audience—all skills that we teach in our science and technical communication classrooms.
What you may lack or need to improve, however, are “soft skills,” like understanding when to push forward and when to let others lead, how to work nicely with a team, how to analyze the politics of the workplace and respond appropriately, and how to explain technical material to a lay audience. Academe is an insular world, and conducting scientific research can be a relatively solitary endeavor, but in order to succeed in an industry job, you must be able to work and communicate not only with other scientists, but also with nonscientists.
Another reason why our 200=level writing courses matter:
Sine Nomine Associates, Mr. Boyes’s firm, works with high-tech companies like Cisco and IBM. However, it’s fundamental abilities that he says recent graduates lack, like how to analyze large amounts of data or construct a cogent argument. “It’s not a matter of technical skill,” he says, “but of knowing how to think.”