IT’S YOUR FUTURE, OWN YOUR SUCCESS
What shape the school of the future will take is amorphous, but most educators and observers agree that the future school will go electronic with a capital E. “Next century, schools as we know them will no longer exist,” says a feature in The Age publication, based in Melbourne, Australia. “In their place will be community-style centers operating seven days a week, 24 hours a day.” Computers will become an essential ingredient in the recipe for an effective school of the future.
MAKE YOUR RESUME STAND OUT!
First impressions matter. When applying for a job, your resume is often the first impression you make with a potential employer. Your resume is a way to not only highlight your skills and experiences, but to distinguish yourself from the rest. Research has shown it usually takes around six seconds for a recruiter to make the initial decision whether a resume is a fit or not. No pressure! How can you stand out from the crowd? Well there are some things you can do for a flawless, unique resume –
Customize Your Resume
Know your potential employer, know the specific position your applying for, and tailor your resume to best fit that job. Some suggest looking at the employer’s website, picking up on repeated words or phrases and then mirroring that language. Your resume should be adaptable so you can modify in accordance to the job requirements.
Make it pretty! Take some time with your resume figuring out what looks best. Make it visually appealing to the eye without overdoing it. Remember it takes six seconds for a recruiter to make the initial decision – be neat and concise. You may notice when editing your resume there are a lot of words you can leave out. Bullet points can help keep things organized and increase readability. If you choose to add color or graphics, do it in a way that strengthens the overall look rather than distracting from the content.
Quantify Achievements & Explain Gaps
At the end of day, you’re trying to sell yourself to a potential employer. Make sure you’re highlighting your achievements in the best way possible. You can do this by including details that set you apart and adding value. If you led a funding project, don’t just say that – instead list how many people you were in charge of and what was the quantifiable outcome? So “Led a funding project” becomes “Led a team of 8 in a funding project, raising $200K in 6 months.” Numbers add value. Show results, stand out!
On the other end, make sure you explain any gaps in your resume. If you weren’t working for a year, give brief explanation why. You don’t have to give a lot of detail but if you leave things unsaid it gives the employer room to assume.
Additional Do’s and Don’ts:
DO: Keep information about education short, put a number to your accomplishments, use chronological format, lead with action words, proofread, use a lot of white space
DON’T: List your hobbies, list your references, exceed 5 bullets per section
THE FASTEST GROWING CAREERS
If you’re wondering what degree to pursue, you may want to think about the job availability in that field. To give you a quick list, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 10 occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2014-24 are as follows:
- Wind turbine service technicians
- Occupational therapy assistants
- Physical therapist assistants
- Physical therapist aides
- Home health aides
- Commercial divers
- Nurse practitioners
- Physical therapists
- Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians
The growth rate for these jobs varied, with Wind turbine service technicians expected to experience a 108% growth between 2014 and 2024. The other careers won’t increase to that degree but vary between 33-43%. Out of the jobs listed, Nurse practitioners, Physical therapists, and Statisticians were the highest paid in 2014.