1.  Reflect on what you’ve learned in regards to requesting or needing a recommendation or the use of the term Resiliency.

2. Reflect on your use of the STAR Model to tell your story when interviewing.  

post the discussion based on the questions above and also reply two posts below

post 1

Recommendation letters can really help confirm to an outside person the qualities, characteristics, values, etc. you claim to have from a trusted source (manager, employer, clinical instructor, etc.) who has had to opportunity to work with you. With recommendation letters we want them to be relevant to the position we are applying for and further solidify our qualities that resonate as a potential employe of the company. When requesting one I’ve learned that if it’s denied you shouldn’t assume that your intended writer doesn’t like you or thinks you’re a bad student/employe. It could just be that they haven’t had enough experience around you to feel like they could write an effective letter or they may feel like you’re suited else where. It’s important to not feel discouraged or take it to heart. If your request is denied still thank them for their time regardless. 

I think the STAR model is a great starting point and tip given when it comes to answering interview questions. I’ve found it to be helpful when practicing mock interviews. In order to give an effective interview like last week’s LLM indicated, you want to be able to take your interview panel along a story line. For there to be an impactful story there has to be a character arc which in this case is obviously you. It all very much giving me flashbacks of a similar concept I’m sure we’ve all had to learn in grade school called “hamburger” writing (intro (bun), body (meat), pickles (details), lettuce (details), and bun (ending)). But with the STAR method we are telling the situation of our story, the tasks and actions involved, and lastly the end resolution. 

post 2

This module was very helpful at identifying key aspects of a well written letter of recommendation. The first takeaway that I will make sure to incorporate as I begin asking for letters of recommendation includes choosing a member of faculty or employer that knows me well. Having someone that knows you well write a letter of recommendation allows them to provide more specific examples about your work ethic, which is more likely to get you noticed over generic praise. Another important aspect to include when asking for a letter of recommendation is to include information about the position you are applying for so the letter can be tailored to the specific audience. Lastly, it is important to bring the supplies needs like the pre-addressed envelope with postage stamps, and make sure the faculty has enough time to write a thoughtful letter.  

I think that the STAR model is very helpful since it helps you organize your ideas, and it allows you to provide evidence to back up the strengths that you want to highlight. This would be a good method to use when job recruiters ask behavioral interview questions because it gives them an idea about how you think and resolve problems. As a nurse, it is important to develop resiliency because it allows you to better adapt to difficult circumstances and develop critical thinking skills. Developing resiliency starts with developing a growth mindset that allows you to take on challenges and learn from them instead of having a fixed mindset.