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.
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:
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 know...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.
ADVOCATING GOOD TIME
MANAGEMENT AND A CAREER MINDSET
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.:
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
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,
Turn off the phone
Rest your eyes by looking up every 5 minutes
Exercise 5 minutes every hour
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