Life-Long Learning

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Life-Long Learning can have so many meanings. We can be open to new information. We can be open to obtaining an education by attending classes. We can learn both on the job and in our personal lives.

If you think about it life-long learning is all about being willing to listen, read and absorb, or do new things. It is about welcoming information and growing from it.

The author of the following article makes some very good points.

http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/01/how-kick-start-your-career/103713/

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Excellent article on what to leave off of your resume- please read!

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Hi Students!

If you have heard me speak in your classroom, you know that I focus on what to put on your resume. I ran across an excellent article that tells us what to leave off of our resume.

The author does an excellent job of describing why you should leave these 15 things off of your resume. So, please read this article. Link below.

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resume-write/fl/15-things-not-to-include-on-a-resume.htm

More tips on Resumes

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Ran across an article this morning that you should read if you have completed the first draft of your resume. Check over each point they make. Is your resume following the advice of this author? Articles like this confirm what I am telling students every day.

Remember, a resume is your marketing tool. It should be one page (unless you are in education). It should reflect the job opening or the position you are attempting to get hired for. It should use the key words of the industry. Every amount of space should be used to market your accomplishments and skills. Choose the headings that sell you the best.

Bring that draft resume in to Career Services for some advice and tips!

Click on the link below to read the article.

http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/Resume-Writing-Tips/phrases-never-to-put-on-resume/article.aspx?wt.srch=1&wt.mc_n=olm_sk_disp_td_otb_art39_img1_hl1

Introducing: Video’s to help you with your job search

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Did you know that Career Services website has a link to Career and job seeking video’s? Go to our website at westerntc.edu/careerservices and check them out (you need to scroll down to find them). What an easy way to learn a bit about being an effective job seeker!

These video’s are available 24/7 and they provide excellent up to date advice on the many facet’s of job search. You will find advice from graduates, career fair success, the importance of networking, the elevator pitch, and tips for researching companies in order to help you prepare for an interview. They are short, yet filled with informational tips.

http://www.westerntc.edu/careerservices/

Does your resume get the message across?

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As a Career Services Advisor, I have critiqued a lot of resumes, so I have some sound advice.

If you want to get an interview, (which is the purpose of the resume), you need to be thinking about structuring your resume so that it is obvious why you applied for the job. That means many of the words that you use in the top half of your resume should reflect the job opening. In other words, you want to use some of the same words they used in the job posting when they wrote it. For example; suppose one of the sentences in the posting says, “Looking for someone with customer service, bookkeeping, records management, and computer software skills.” As an applicant, you are going to want to make sure that you have created “Prove It” statements to describe what you have accomplished either in a previous work setting, or in your college classes, that will describe your skill levels in those areas. Employers no longer want to see just a description of what you did. They want to see what you have accomplished.

Here is one example of an accomplishment statement, “Conducted a customer satisfaction survey and presented the results to administration.” Within that statement, the applicant has proven that he/she used certain skills in accomplishing what she did on the job. That one statement reflects that he/she is knowledgeable about customer service, that he/she is capable of taking all the steps needed to conduct a survey, and that he/she even presented the results to a group of people within the organization. That one statement proves more than one skill.

All of us have performed job duties that can be described impressively. First you read the position opening throughly. Then, you write down what you want to say about your skills and abilities that pertain to that opening. Don’t worry about how it sounds just yet. Just get it down on paper. Then, you look at the job opening again and you work on combining statements that could go together. Break out important skills statements. Word and re-word. That means write down various ways of saying what you want to say until it sounds good. Once you have written some great “prove it” statements, you can begine to put the resume together, choosing the headings that sell you best. Then you revise, revise and revise until you can’t revise anymore. I have found that if I get up and go away and take a break from this process when I begin to get frustrated, and then come back later to work on it, it goes much faster.

When I go into a classroom to teach resume preparation, I do my best to describe each of the five tips that the below article talks about. I want students to be able to put themselves into the HR manager or applicant screener’s shoes.

I ran across this great article this morning. The article describes what I am talking about and more. Check out the link.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-things-people-reading-your-resume-wish-you-knew-1?fix