Employability Skills – Resume

Composing and presenting a resume is essential when applying for an opportunity to work at a desired workplace. It is the first thing an employer will look at when acquiring a potential employee. That is why it is essential to present yourself in the most professional way possible. An employer looks at 3 key elements in your resume. They will look at how professional your resume appears, the knowledge and skills you have acquired from previous jobs, and also the learning you have gained through employment and volunteer experience.

In this modern age there are many resume programs all over the Internet and even through programs you can download or are already a feature on your personal computer. From resume building websites to Microsoft Word providing resume templates. You also have the option to hire someone to help you with your resume and if you can’t afford that, you can go to the resume building office located at Mohawk College. Professionalism is key when presenting your resume. Employers want an employee who can represent their company in a professional manner. Organization is also important. Employers want someone who can be responsible. Organization is a great way to present responsibility. Looking up the definition of professionalism in the dictionary – The skill, good judgment, and polite behaviour that is expected from a person who is trained well to do a job well.

Having experience from a previous job or a previous volunteer opportunity expresses to the employer you have put in the effort and time to prepare yourself for your future adventures in a specific working environment. Placing action verbs on your resume states you have learned and experienced essential key elements to help you perform in the future at a new position. They want to be “work ready” employees who can take responsibility and use existing skills to make a difference in their business.

Stating on your resume previous volunteer work is very important when an employer is evaluating your resume. This shows dedication and interest in a future job. It also shows professionalism and responsibility. Giving back to the community is such a positive attribute towards yourself and also helping others. Volunteering helps boost socializing skills and also awareness of their communities. It also shows that someone is willing to work for something without receiving compensation. Employers love to see this on your resume.

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One thing to always keep in mind about building your resume is to be truthful. It is easy to create a resume in high school to get a part time job, and have it say all the things you know people at Subway are looking for (responsible, punctual, hard working etc). The best thing to do is to find out what you want to do with your life, look at all the things about yourself that fit with that specific career and make those points stand out.

Building a solid foundation for your resume is equally important with professionalism and responsibility. You are showing them that you can personally brand yourself to a potential employer.

Learning Styles and Types of Learners

In the past five years online learning has become the norm in the academic community. It has allowed students to take a more influential role when it comes to their education. From developing a more self-directed student, teaching the importance of time management and prompting greater degrees of high-level self-reflection. In the past, university and college courses were limited in the degree of which a course could be taught and delivered. Focusing mostly on lectures and note taking, courses did not cater to every students learning style. However with today’s technology possibilities are limitless.

According to the Board of Education students can be broken down into three main categories: Auditory learners, who enjoy discussions and talking things through with others. Visual learners, who take detailed notes and benefit more from illustrations and presentations, which would most likely be found in a lecture. And kinaesthetic learners, who learn through doing activities and have an easier time remembering what was done than with what was said or seen.

 

Learning Styles Statistics

 

Larger online resources in courses mean more methods in which students can learn. YouTube links are often posted on elearn by professors, a website which acts as a portal for specific courses. Access to subject specific videos allows students with distinct learning styles to choose a video that best explains the topic. For example, a deductive learner in a chemistry course, who prefers presentations that go from the general to the specific, could choose to watch a chemistry video on Youtube about general chemistry, and work his/her way up.

Connect for textbooks are another great online resource for students. Connect is a online textbook in which students can watch different videos, listen to mp3s, take practice quizzes and even perform guided experiments, based on their unit of study. This accommodates to visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners. Connect allows students to be more self-motivated and control more aspects of their learning. Most professors require students to log a certain number of hours weekly for blended learning courses. Connect makes it possibly for students to focus solely on the textbook chapters they need help with and to watch or listen to videos and experiments that they find relevant.

TED is a resource for cutting edge discussions on relevant matters. It covers a large spectrum of topics that range from health technologies to global issues. The website features videos that show some of the leading names in science, politics and environmental issues. TED videos cater to every learning style, if a student takes the time to find the video right for them.

Overall, online learning opens the door to professional growth. Online resources and courses help to develop a student’s time management, self-motivation and sense of empowerment while also catering to their specific learning needs. With the increase in social media many companies and professionals are adapting a more modern approach to business. Graduates who have a better understanding of online resources and how to navigate the web will better adapt to their work environment and find more success after graduation.

Resources:

Printed from “Reflective Practice” CD ROM © 2007 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/documents/childhood/professionals/support/egsls.pdf

Kelly, R. (2012, August 10). Five Factors that Affect Online Student Motivation. Retrieved September 23, 2015, from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/five-factors-that-affect-online-student-motivation/
Morgan, K. (n.d.). How Online Courses Affect People Who Learn Better on Their Own. Retrieved September 23, 2015, from http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/online-courses-affect-people-learn-better-own-15641.html

 

Heather Swayze, Kaycee Stewart, Turner Shaw, Brittney Seaward, Karli Sevenpifer