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«Table of Contents Welcome to Career Services at Pepperdine University GSEP..3 Career Services Offered for GSEP Students and Alumni..4-5 Getting ...»

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Pepperdine, J. (2005). English Language Learners Left Behind in Arizona: The Nullification of Accommodations in the Intersection of Federal and State Language and Assessment Policies. Bilingual Research Journal, 29(1), 1-30.

Book Chapters/Contributions:

Ricento, T. R. & Pepperdine, J. (in-press). “Language Policy and Education in the United States.” Encyclopedia of Language and Education. New York: Springer Science and Business Media, Inc.

Wiley, T. G., de Klerk, G. & Pepperdine, J. (2005). “Introduction.” In D. Ramirez, T. G. Wiley, G. de Klerk, E. Lee, & W. E. Wright (Eds.), Ebonics in the Urban Education Debate. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters.

Book Reviews:

Pepperdine, J. (in-press). “Review of T. G. Wiley’s, (2005) Literacy and Language Diversity in the United States (2nd ed.).” Bilingual Research Journal.

Pepperdine, J. (in-press). “Review of R. Freeman’s, (2004) Building on Community Bilingualism: Promoting Multiculturalism through Schooling.” Language Policy.

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May 4, 2013 Human Resources XYZ Unified School District 123 Any Street Any Town, CA 12345

Dear Hiring Committee:

I am writing in regards to the Second Grade Teacher position at XYZ School. I believe my interest in working with English Language Learners and my experience teaching in diverse settings would make me an excellent fit for this position.

My background in designing engaging lesson plans and curriculum in accordance with California State Standards and Curriculum Frameworks enables me to effectively meet all the required standards while still contributing my own creativity and individualized approach to learning. I have a strong understanding of child development and have been consistently recognized by teachers and administrators for my effective use of classroom management strategies and my ability to integrate new technologies into lesson planning. I am also fluent in written and spoken Spanish and am able to communicate with parents and families from Spanish-speaking households in order to actively engage them in their child’s educational experience I am particularly interested in XYZ School because of your award winning reading program for English Language Learners and your comprehensive approach to improving student reading ability. Enclosed is my resume with further details on my qualifications. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my qualifications.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely, Jill Pepperdine

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May 1, 2013 Andrew Jones Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Adler Union School District 2323 E. Main Street Calabasas, CA 90123

Dear Mr. Jones:

With changes in Information Technology evolving at an unprecedented rate, having a skilled Technology Specialist is imperative for any school district. I have experienced first-hand during the past few years how dramatic advances in technology have affected our school districts. Without a doubt, our school districts face many challenges in the months and years ahead. Adler Union School District‘s commitment to developing a technology integrated program will greatly enhance the learning experience of your students. My collaborative approach and my leadership experience in the field of technology make me a strong candidate for the Technology Specialist position.

As you will see on the enclosed resume, I offer a background as a seasoned technology professional, having successfully implemented new learning technology platforms across multiple K-12 schools in Southern California.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and a Master of Arts Degree in Learning Technology from Pepperdine University, my background enables me to offer a high level of technological solutions for Adler Union School District‘s challenges. Specifically, my experience as the Technology Coordinator at School X has

provided me with the following qualifications:

 Ability to integrate technology in an academic setting using 21st Century Skills of Learning  Skills in managing information support programs efficiently and effectively  Experience conducting effective professional development technology training for employees  Background in collaborating, implementing, and monitoring district technology plans  Familiarity with effective hardware/software technology purchasing  Expertise in implementation of technology systems I am confident that I offer a blend of technical expertise and leadership abilities, which would be of great value to Adler Union School District. I look forward to a personal interview to further discuss my qualifications. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely, Miguel Andre Pepperletter

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Executive Assistant (2008-Present) Doubleday Galleries 333 N. Bedford Dr. Suite #200 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Starting Salary: $50,000 with full benefits package Current Salary: $55,000 with full benefits package Executive Assistant (2006-2008) ABC Pictures Inc.

5619 Overland Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90034 Starting Salary: $39,000 Ending Salary: $42,000 with full benefits package Marketing Assistant (2003-2006) Southpark Industries 4819 Culver Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90230 Starting Salary: $29,000 Ending Salary: $36,000

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Pepperdine Student 123 Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90000 (111) 222-3333 November 30, 2013 ABC Elementary School 1234 Any Street Los Angeles, CA 90000 c/o Mr. Joe Doe (please forward)


Dear Mr. Doe:

I hope you are enjoying your well-deserved retirement. I have fond memories of your exemplary leadership and support for teachers during my employment at XYZ Elementary School. Presently, I am applying to various school districts and am required to submit three letters of recommendation. As you were always a positive role model and a mentor, your name was the first that came to mind. I am writing to ask if you would write a letter of recommendation on my behalf.

I would like to provide you with some background information that may assist you, should you decide to write this letter. I grew up in Los Angeles and attended XYZ Senior School and University of California, Los Angeles. Thereafter, I attended Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology for my teaching credential and Master of Arts in Education. While under your direction, I attended many science seminars, assisted you with the hiring of new employees, and was an active lead teacher in the Rena Walker’s Accelerated Literacy Reading Program.

I was hired by you at XYZ School, taught 2nd grade for the first four years, and in my last year, per your request, had a wonderful experience teaching Kindergarten. At the end of the 2003 school year, I took a leave of absence in order to raise a family. Presently, I have three children and my youngest will attend school next year.

Attached, you will find a copy of my most recent résumé. Please feel free to contact me if you need any additional information. I look forward to hearing from you, and I thank you in advance for your time.

Sincerely, Pepperdine Student Tips on Attending a Career Fair

Things to Bring:

 Portfolio to hold your documents  Pen and notebook  Copies of your resume  Appropriate clothing, including comfortable, professional shoes  Small breath mints (no gum!)  A confident and enthusiastic attitude  A prepared 30-second ―elevator pitch‖  Questions based on your research of the organizations

At the Career Fair:

 Turn off cell phones, no excessive cologne or jewelry, and leave friends and family at home.

 Check in at the registration/information table.

 Market yourself with CONFIDENCE.

 Get comfortable before approaching your targeted organizations. Walk around and get your bearings so you know where certain organizations are and start at booths that would provide good practice.

 Approach your selected organization and introduce yourself – make sure to use a firm handshake.

 Be aware of your body language and eye contact maintenance.

 Be conscious of being too long-winded; be direct and to the point to avoid losing the recruiter‘s interest and appearing rude to other students.

 If you need to wait to speak with an employer, wait and listen to the conversations currently taking place. This way, you can build from what you learned by listening and avoid asking the same questions.

 Relax—don‘t let the flurry of activity wear you down. Take a break if necessary to compose yourself.

 Be flexible. Employers may have other positions available that may be of interest to you. If the employer does not have your desired position available, ask if you can stay in touch with him/her and to keep you in mind for a potential opening.

 Obtain business cards from the employers.

Sample General Questions to Ask at the Career Fair:

 What type of positions do you have available?

 What is the hiring and interviewing process?

 What is the organizational culture like?

 What kind of training is provided once hired?

 Consider also asking specific questions based on your employer research

After The Career Fair:

 Send a follow-up note within two days of the fair. Thank recruiters for their time and information provided to you.

 Apply to your preferred positions. Follow the application procedures that the recruiter has provided.

 Follow up on the positions you apply for 1.5 – 2 weeks after submitting your application.

 If you are considering a new location, make sure to check out the geography and economy of the area.

 Keep in mind that obtaining employment can take a little time. Be patient yet conscientious; follow up with the recruiter.

Networking Skills Networking is the process of gathering helpful information from a group of contacts to assist you in planning your career and in looking for jobs. Studies indicate that up to 80 percent of all positions – the ―hidden job market‖ – are obtained through networking and connections.

Here are some helpful tips:

1. Start making contacts and develop a list of contacts you already know – friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, supervisors from past and present jobs, members from professional organizations relevant to your field or area of career interest, contacts through public service and volunteer work, alumni – especially recent graduates, people you met at on-campus information sessions and other presentations, school faculty and administrators etc.

2. Keep Records - Here are the important things to note for your records:

Where and when you met  Any personal details you pick up, such as hobbies, vocations, kids and even pets  Potential links from names dropped in the conversation  The next steps you both agreed upon 

3. Prepare your 30-second elevator pitch as a verbal business card. It will comprise three points:

Who you are - Your name and general job function  What you‘ve accomplished - Three strong-points worth talking about  What you want now - A 4 – 5 word description of your current goal  Also, you should ask a bounce-back question; this is a follow-up question that bounces the ball back into their court. ―Whom do you work with?‖ Or, ―what is your agency‘s specialty?‖ These are open-ended questions that prompt an elevator speech from your partner in this conversation.

Remember to write down your elevator pitch, keep it simple and interesting, and practice it enough times to make sure you are comfortable.

4. Put your network into operation. Schedule and conduct information interviews. Call, write, or email the person you want to meet. Emphasize that you are not looking for a job, but researching an industry or position. Set up a meeting and have 10-20 questions prepared. Make sure you are familiar with the background of the individual, the company, and the industry, so that you are not wasting their time.

5. Maintain your network by sending a Thank-You Note. Once you achieve your goal, don‘t stop. Ask your contact for the names of two other contacts in the industry. Keep your network current. Remember to maintain your network even when you have found a secure job. You never want to have to rebuild, so stay in touch with those in your network and continue to add people to it.

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Networking is one of the most effective ways to land a job. As the old adage goes, ―It‘s not what you know, it‘s who you know.‖ Below you can find networking strategies that will help you advance professionally.

Past and present employers and your alma mater Do send a friendly email to your old co-workers or boss, asking them how they have been and how the company is doing. Not only will you be fresh in their memory, but if they hear of a new job opportunity, they will be more inclined to tell the hiring manager about you. Also, get in touch with the Career Services Department or Alumni Association at your alma mater or current school. They are always willing to help students with resume critiquing, job opportunities, and alumni groups in your area.

Don’t cyber stalk potential employers or overdo your follow-ups with superfluous amounts of phone calls and emails.

LinkedIn and Facebook Do make sure you set your personal page to the private setting.

Don’t combine your personal page and business page. That picture of you at Señor Frog‘s in Cozumel is probably not going to be acceptable to a potential employer.

Business Function (party, meeting, etc) Do have business or personal cards with your name, job description, and contact information on them. Also, make eye contact with the people you speak with and ask genuine questions. Your sincerity will pay off.

Don’t pull a Melanie Griffith in Working Girl and end up passed out and well, you know…it‘s a bad idea.

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