Saturday, November 22, 2014

5 Ways to Listen Better

Today we have a short TED Talk video
 on the skill of listening.

Team Work makes the Dream Work

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday,
Your Speech and Hearing Family

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Perfect Resume

 Writing a resume, or letter of intent, can be scary a prospect. You want it to be perfect; to stand out in the right way; to give the correct information without being overly wordy...

Fortunately, help is available to create the perfect resume, or letter of intent. Lamar Audiology Instructor, Mrs. Ashley Dockens, presented "Writing the Perfect Resume", to the LEAD mentor and mentee group. 

"A resume is a short, concise document that states relevant 
information regarding your education, skills, experiences, 
accomplishments, and job-related interests."

The presentation included helpful hints about social media, tips for job hunting, and preparation for job interviews. 

Presentation Highlights:

Resume Essentials

  • Include facts about yourself that are relevant to the job to which you are applying.
  • Limit to one page (2 is acceptable).
  • Use spell check, check grammar, and have someone else proof read to catch mistakes.
  • Use clear, legible font; Serif and Sans Serif fonts are recommended.
  • Avoid fancy resume paper, and excessive decoration.
  • Keep a portrait format.
  • Consider creating a professional email address for work/professional correspondence.
  • Choose a clean-looking style for your resume format; these can be found on Microsoft, or on sites such as Etsy.
  • Use key words in your resume that are gleaned from researching the company; make each company feel as though you are applying only with them.

Preparation for Job Hunting
  • Tips for Job Hunting: Network and let everyone know you are looking for a job. Research your area for salary and opportunities.
  • Social Media: Create a LinkedIn Profile for professional representation; Clean up your social media sites so that the image presented is appropriate for potential employers to view.
  • Professional References: Always gain permission before using someone as a reference. Choose references that can speak to your work ethic, and experience. Prep your references by giving them a copy of your resume.
  • Interviews: Practice answering common interview questions; assemble interview appropriate wardrobe; educate yourself about the company and prepare questions for the interviewer.
  • Research job information: Checking out the company website, people and their philosophy, values, can give you valuable information.

Mrs. Dockens suggested that being yourself is best. Create a resume that reflects how your skills are a good fit for the job, by being honest and thoughtful.

Additional assistance with resume writing can be found on campus:

Career and Testing Services:
Lamar Career and Testing Services

Contact Us

Stop by our office:
4400 S. MLK Jr. Pkwy
Galloway Business Building, Suite 102
Beaumont, TX 77705
Give us a call at 409-880-8878
Send an email:
Student Employment Center

Team Work Makes The Dream Work

Your Speech and Hearing Family

Friday, November 7, 2014

Did you know...

Hello All!

Two Important Announcements

  • Phonetic Tutoring Class ... on Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 5 pm, in Room 170 
  • Resume Class ... on Friday, Nov. 14th, 9 am, in Room 190

As we move into November, academic advising is ongoing; in preparation  for the  spring semester we have put together a few helpful tips:
  • Did you know...Phonetic study group meets Wednesday, November 12th at 5 pm
  • Did you are invited to the Resume Class by Mrs. Dockens  on Friday, Nov. 14th, at 9 am, in Room 170 
  • Did you know... that talking to instructors about grades can be easier than you think?
  • Did you know...the Spring semester only offers certain classes, and some of those classes need prerequisites?
  • Did you know...when you complete the HIPAA class online, you can observe your mentor in clinical setting?
  • Did you know...we are collecting class notes to help you with course work?
  • Did you know...we can supply you with the SLP and Audiology scope of practice, grad schools in Texas, Lamar Graduate Speech and Hearing requirements, Speech Language Pathology Assistant Scope of practice, and SLPA requirements.
  • Did you know...the Resources page will be periodically updated with new links to help you.


Three factors that influence completion of a degree:
1. Will and determination (invest time in sustaining)
2. Time on Task
3. Good relationship with faculty members(invest time in building and sustaining these relationships)
(Note what is not on this list - GPA)

Rossman, M. (2002). Negotiating graduate school: A guide for graduate students. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications.
Lovitts, B. E. (2001). Leaving the ivory tower. Boulder, CO: Lowman and Littlefield.

In essence, time management involves:
  • Effective time management comes down to choices.
  • Good choices lead to better results, while poor choices lead to wasted time and energy.
  • Time management gives you a framework to make better decisions on how to spend your time, but in the end, it is up to you to actually make the tough choices.

Staying On Task and Studying:
  • Change your work setting for variety and stimulation
  • Have a variety of tasks ready so you can do one that inspires you or you have energy for in the moment (reading, annotating, writing, organizing)
  • Turn off the phone
  • Rest your eyes by looking up every 5 minutes
  • Exercise 5 minutes every hour
  • Keep hydrated

Time-Saving Tips and Wellness/Leisure
  • Books on tape while you drive
  • Exercise partner who will listen to you talk
  • Always have reading with you for doctor’s office visits, train/bus/metro waits, etc.
  • Use books on tape while doing something mindless like exercise
  • Treadmill exercise while reading
  • Schedule # of study hours each week and stick to it
  • Note pad by your bed

Hope to see you soon!

Team Work makes the Dream Work