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Connect the Dots

Connect the dots. Make sense of what you have written. Give it some order. Look for strengths and weaknesses. Notice what you love, what you hate, and what you tolerate. Notice what you admire and dislike in your supervisors and coworkers, along with how you interact with them. Notice trends. Your career may evolve with stops and starts, but it will evolve. Is it going the direction you want? How could you improve it?

Do you know How to Calculate Your Real Hourly Wage? This enlightening exercise can make you reconsider your situation and direction.

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Key Facts and Figures

Record key facts and figures in a separate section of your journal. You will need certain pieces of your work history for just about any job application. It’s easier if you keep this basic information together, in a different section than your reflections. It will be especially useful if you ever apply for something that requires a full life history, such as citizenship, a professional license, or a security clearance. Keep careful records of these details, especially when you change jobs:

Start and end dates at each company where you worked.
Your salary history, along with dates when it changed.
Your official title and, if it is not descriptive (Staff Member, Associate IV), a description of your job function.
Addresses and phone numbers of the companies where you worked (even if out of date).
Short summaries of your work.
Names and contact information of managers/supervisors and references.
Addresses and phone numbers of your personal residences (for life history applications) and contact information for landlords or management, even if it is outdated.<div>
</div><div>Education Timeline</div><div>
</div><div>Monkey Timeline:</div><div>
</div><div>First, I’ll put down everything that’s on my most recent legal resume, then update it.</div><div>
</div><div><hr /></div><div>Dates: July 2008-Present</div><div>Indiana University Maurer School of Law</div><div>Degree: Juris Doctor, Expected May 2011</div><div>Location: Bloomington Indiana</div><div>GPA: 3.41</div><div>Honors: Dean’s Honor’s Spring 2009 [What does this mean?]; Indiana Law Merit Scholarship Recipient</div><div>
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</div><div>Dates: April 2008-June 2008</div><div>Grandall Legal Group</div><div>Location: Chaoyang District, Beijing, PRC</div><div>Job Title: Intern</div><div>Job Description: Translated and proofed (Mandarin to English) contracts, lawyer’s letters, presentations, and other legal documents. Also assisted lawyers in the firm’s Corporate and Commerce department, dealt primarily with materials relating to investment in the energy industry.</div></div><div><hr /></div><div><div>Dates: October 2007–April 2008</div><div>English Language Tutor</div><div>Location: Haidian District, Beijing, PRC</div><div>Job Description: Tutored individual students, from secondary school to university level [FALSE], in the English language. Focused on teaching grammar, reading comprehension, and oral language skills.</div></div><div>
</div><div><hr /></div><div><div>Dates: January 2006–May 2007</div><div>Columbia University Medical Center</div><div>Location: New York, New York</div><div>Job Title: Pathology Department Laboratory Technician</div><div>Job Description: Assisted with research into neuronal death and Alzheimer’s disease at the cellular level. Experienced in many basic microbiology laboratory techniques: cell culture, microscope dissection, Western blots, immunohistochemistry, real time PCR, genotyping, transfections, etc.</div><div><hr /></div><div>
</div></div><div>Dates: September 2002-May 2006</div><div>Columbia University, Columbia College</div><div>Location: New York, New York</div><div>Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Pre-medical Concentration in Philosophy, June 2006.</div><div>GPA: 3.53</div><div>Honors: Dean’s List F03-S05 [again, what does that mean?]</div><div><hr /></div><div>Date: November 2004–March 2005</div><div>Nan Shan Senior Center</div><div>Location: Flushing, New York, New York</div><div>Job Title: Volunteer Teaching Assistant</div><div>Job Description: Assisted in the teaching of a United States citizenship exam preparation course. Volunteered with the senior citizen center’s staff in a free lunch program for the Flushing area’s primarily elderly community.</div><div><hr /></div><div>Date: September 2002-December 2004</div><div>Columbia University Department of Public Safety</div><div>Location: New York, New York</div><div>Job Title: Public Security Aide</div><div>Job Description: Participated in a Federal part-time work-study program.</div><div><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center">Language/Overseas</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- Mandarin: General professional level. Able to read newspapers, novels, and other non-technical material. Level 7 on China’s national standardized Chinese proficiency test for foreigners. Language training includes:</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">- Tsinghua University Chinese Language Program – Fall 2007-Spring 2008 </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Columbia University Study Abroad – Fall 2005</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">- Beijing University Columbia University Study Abroad – Summer 2005</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">- JunCheng Language School Chinese Language Training – Summer 2004</p> <p class="MsoNormal">- Childhood education included years in London, South Korea, and Hong Kong. </p></div><div>

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Flowchart your job(s). This will help you to ‘see’ what exactly you do from day to day. What’s the first thing you do in the morning? And depending upon your result, what do you do after that? And after that? Doing this will give you a clearer picture of what you accomplish daily, and it is useful in staying focused through the day. If your daily routine doesn’t really fit into a flowchart, you could also write a paragraph or more about what you do, draw a mind map, or write notes or an outline.

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Start writing and write often. Write everything that you remember in the past that you have done. Brainstorm to jog your memory. Form and flow don’t matter, just remembering. A few simple notes jotted frequently will add up to more information than long but occasional memory dumps. It will also help to record the information when it is fresh in your mind. The remaining steps will give you some ideas to get started.

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Make a reflection/info page for every single entry.  However, finish the timelines first, before filling in everything.

Also, stop at high school for now.  Hit that afterwards.  I think that doing education, jobs, volunteer work, geography, should be enough for now.

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