Infographic: 12 Ways to Build your Resume in College

 12 Ways to Build your Resume in College infographic

12 Ways to Build your Resume in College

Ways to Build your Resume in College Infographic

Once you leave college, you’ll be looking for a job. 66 % of hiring managers say college graduates are not prepared for the workforce after leaving college. With stats like that you need to be prepared for a rough job market. What you do in college can build a powerful resume and help you stand out after graduation!

  1. Join a club freshman year.
    Get involved with a club early in your college career. Not only will you meet new people, but your resume will also reflect your dedication to a group. Bonus points if the club is related to your major!
  2. Take on a leadership role.
    The longer you stay with a club, the better chance you’ll have at taking on a leadership role. Organize events, handle club finances, or manage the group’s Facebook page. Hiring managers dig these skills.
  3. Bring in group speakers.
    Put yourself in a position within a club on campus to bring in career-relevant speakers. Organize networking nights or panel discussions to learn from the speakers – and get your name out there!
  4. Try out a campus ambassador role
    Lots of companies hire college brand reps to expand their presence at campuses. Find a field you’re passionate about and scout for potential campus positions.
  5. Become an internship expert
    Don’t wait until your last year of college to dive into internships. Start early and explore roles with companies in your field. Look at internships with small and large companies to get a well-rounded idea of what you enjoy.
  6. Pick up a new language
    In today’s global economy, having diverse language skills will propel you to success. Learn a second-or third-language by taking classes at your school or studying online.
  7. Learn to code
    Understanding the basics behind the web is useful for almost every industry, even if you’re not a computer programmer! Sign up for a class at your university or check out some free online classes to bump up your coding knowledge.
  8. Build a digital portfolio
    Showcase all the hard work you put into your classes and internships with an online portfolio! Many sites have free options to create portfolios that are simple to use. You can purchase your own domain for your portfolio on sites like NameCheap or Dreamhost. Add a link to your portfolio on your resume to wow hiring managers.
  9. Study in a new place
    Just like learning a new language, sstudying abroad makes you a worldlier candidate for any job. Put your language skills to the test when you study abroad or choose a program that lets you intern in a new country. You’ll have many more professional skills to show off whatever you choose!
  10. Create an online presence
    Enhance your presence on Twitter and Linkedln to present a professional image to the working world. Your profiles should not only reflect your professional interests, but some personality too! Further build your digital footprint by starting your own blog about your industry. Blogging is a fantastic way to show your knowledge of the field and keep up-to-date on industry news.
  11. Pick up contract or freelance work
    Small businesses and startups are always looking for a little extra help to get their brands up and running. See if you can pick up part-time contracting gigs to contribute some code or blog posts in your free time. Not only will you likely make a little extra cash, but you’ll help a small business grow!
  12. Volunteer in your community
    Volunteering in your community shows that you can think on your feet, manage others, and be a leader. Tie your volunteering to a professional passion, or try something completely new to break up your routine.


Infographic – How To Be An Independent Learner

Here is a helpful infographic that describes how you can be a successful independent learner.  The tips on the graphic are:

  • Take the lead
  • Question the questions. Is there another way to look at it.
  • Do your research
  • Take a risk
  • Look for inspiration
  • Make use of existing resources, books, magazines, displays etc
  • Ask a friend
  • Take your time to reflect
  • Sketch it out
  • Have a go
  • Try again
  • Ask for feedback
  • Own your learning
  • Embrace some mistakes
  • Plan ahead
  • Teach the teacher
  • Help, support and advise your peers
  • Online tutorial

infographic - How to be a independent Learner

Inserting A YouTube Video in Powerpoint 2007 and 2010

embed YouTube video into PowerPoint

There has been various ways to put YouTube videos in PowerPoint presentations over the years, but this is the one free way that still seems to work.  Follow these links to see my videos on how to insert the videos in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.  You must have developer tools turn on for this to work.  I have included videos on how to do this as well.

Inserting YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.

Turning On Developer Tools In PowerPoint 2007.

Turning On Developer Tools in PowerPoint 2010.


Online Technology Resources Available to JALC Students

Online and Technology Resources Available to JALC Students

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For help in-person Desire2Learn help, please visit the Sharon Johnson in room C232 on the Carterville Campus.

All students have access to the “New Student Orientation,” which contains general information about John A. Logan College, and the “Introduction to Online” course for Desire2Learn, which contain information about using JALC’s course managements system.

Proofreading Your Papers

from Cengage Learning Blog

It’s a big day: you’re having your first meeting with a very important and influential person. You’ve given yourself a “pep talk” to calm your nerves, you’ve practiced what you want to say several times, and you’ve eaten approximately twelve breath mints. Filled with both confidence and nervous energy, you head out the door.

Having given yourself ample time to travel to your meeting spot, you arrive ten minutes early. Still a bit antsy, you go into the restroom and check your teeth, your hair, and your makeup (if you wear it). Everything looks fine. But then, you look down… and notice a large coffee stain on your shirt. Where did that come from? Now, with no time to spare, you must go to your meeting in stained clothes. Regardless of whether or not your new contact notices the stain, you feel more self conscious and recognize that this area of neglect may impact that person’s opinion of your attention to detail.

Full post here.

Each one of us knows how embarrassed or upset we feel when we inadvertently overlook something that spoils an otherwise laudable presentation. We tell ourselves: “Next time, I’ll do one final review before I consider myself ready to go.”

This same principle can apply to students and the paper-writing process. Though they may be tempted to submit their papers the moment they’ve wrapped up their final paragraphs, they will benefit by taking  the time to re-read their work and check for any errors that they (or spell-check) missed during the writing and revision process. In this respect, proofreading is much like a final “glance in the mirror” that helps students leave their readers with the best possible impression of their writing skills.

Before your next writing assignment is due, we suggest that you provide your students with these useful proofreading tips from Ann Raimes and Susan K. Miller-Cochran’s Keys for Writers, Seventh Edition:

  • Do not try to proofread on the computer screen. Print out a hard copy.
  • Make another copy of your manuscript, and read it aloud while a friend examines the original as you read.
  • Put a bank piece of paper under the first line of your text. Move it down line by line as you read, focusing your attention on one line at a time.
  • Read the last sentence first, and work backward through your text. This strategy will not help you check for meaning, logic, pronoun reference, fragments, or consistency of verb tenses, but it will focus your attention on the spelling, punctuation, and grammatical correctness of each individual sentence.
  • If possible, put your manuscript away for a few hours or longer after you have finished it. Proofread it when the content is not so familiar. (47)

Reference: Raimes, Ann and Miller-Cochran, Susan K. 2014. Keys for Writers, 7th ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.


Distracted by Technology?

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eSchool News has an interesting article on a recent Pew Internet and American LIfe Project report based on a survey of 2,462 middle and high school Advanced Placement and national writing project teachers.  The teachers by “[o]verwhelming majorities agree with the assertions that today’s digital technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans, and today’s students are too ‘plugged in’ and need more time away from their digital technologies.” Continue reading “Distracted by Technology?”