Infographic: Resume Cheat Sheet

In the infographic below, you'll find a few ideas on how to make your resume better, as well as things to avoid. These are also good things to consider when writing your cover letter.

Atomic Learning's career skills training collection can help you be interview-ready, and build the skills that employers are looking for, including:

The Tech Adoption Curve: Laggards

Better understanding the mindsets of your faculty, staff, and students can mean faster adoption, deeper integration, and a higher return on your institution’s investment in technology. To help you build confidence working with different groups of technology users (and non-users) on your campus, this blog post is one of several in a series focusing on various segments of the Technology Adoption Curve.

Before we dive into working with Laggards, let’s be clear that the title does not mean that an individual in this group is less intelligent, less dedicated, or a poor teacher. Rather it signifies that they have a fear of new technology and what it means for them. While the fear may exist at different levels and be caused by a variety of factors, it is a very real thing.

Because Laggards hesitation to adopt new technology and tools is rooted in emotion, Laggards often require one-on-one attention to succeed. They need to understand why the technology is necessary, how to use it, and when to use it before they’ll even consider making a change.

While this group can be frustrating to work with, you must always remember to guide them.

Incoming College Students Technology Gap: Webinar Recap

Jared Reynolds, an Instructor at Hardin-Simmons University, was one of the panelists in a webinar we hosted, entitled “Transforming the College Classroom”.  In this webinar, he was asked “Are you seeing a technology gap with incoming students?” Here is what he had to say:

“We think that, okay, this kid’s got a twitter account, he’s got a Facebook page, so clearly they’re good at using the computer. Well, they are good at using it for those specific purposes. What we have is a bunch of students that are increasingly specialized in their use of technology. They don’t come to us as broad-based users of technology. As Kevin said, they may just use their computers for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word. Or like Randy talked about, they may have some project from high school that you’re just like ‘Wow I can’t believe this kid did this when he was 17 or 18’. But then, they can’t use Excel or they can’t do something that in their field you might think is relatively basic. So, what we found is we need to take these kids that have a specialized knowledge, and broaden their horizons with technology uses.”

He went on to say, “When they get into economics, English, or communication/journalism, you don’t need to have a professor of journalism saying ‘all right now, this is how you are going to use the Office Suite for my course.’  What they need to be able to say is, post up those videos, and say ‘if you don’t know how to use these tools and apply them to my course you need to learn them on your own time.  I am here to teach content, not button pushing.’”

Creative Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

In the recent article 13 Creative way to use Twitter in the Classroom, some great ideas of how to make Twitter work for you in the classroom are shared. Twitter can be an excellent way to incorporate social media into your course, while also reaching your students with a tool most of them may already be using. While the 13 items mentioned in the article are slightly more relevant in the K-12 setting, we felt these five ideas below can absolutely be used in Higher Education as well:

  • Summarize Your Lecture
    At the end of the class, ask your students to summarize whatever they perceived from the current lecture and tweet it at their profiles. This will allow you to evaluate the level of understanding within your students while improving their writing skills.
  • Message Students and Parents Directly
    Email filters and scans often make an important message end up in a trash folder. Through Twitter, you can easily direct your messages to the concerned person directly.
  • Tweet Important Dates and Assignments
    The most common method almost all educators are using is Twitter. It can be used for announcing assignments and important dates related to the lecture, homework, quizzes and assignments.
  • Ask Questions
    Post a revision question daily. You can also allocate bonus marks for the answer so that students take interest in responding to your request.
  • Generate A Discussion
    Try to involve your class in a general discussion, it could be course-related or a general discussion. It will help you connect with your students at a deeper level.

Looking forward to giving some of these a try, but need a little help with setting up a twitter account? Or need to know some twitter basics? Atomic Learning can help with the Twitter Basics Training and Twitter for Educators courses.

Does your college or university not have Atomic Learning yet? Request more information.

Our eLearning Team's Top 5 New Courses

Our eLearning team recently shared with us what they thought were some of the top courses recently added to the site. We've also included why they think this content is so cool--we hope you agree!

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Apple 10.10 Yosemite
How do I use Apple’s newest operating system?  What are some tips and tricks?  You’ll find it all here.

This was requested several times by Higher Education customers via the ThinkTank. It is an open-access Digital Commons Network with over one million full-text sources.   
Creating a Digital Portfolio
More and more people are creating digital portfolios for their job searches or career building. This course shows how to create them and what tools you can use.

Google Moderator
Google Moderator is a crowd sourcing tool that ranks peoples’ ideas or questions. This course includes ways to use Google Moderator in and out of the classroom--including determining what topics are needed in a review session, classroom elections, and more.

Office Mix
Office’s new add-in for PowerPoint that allows you to add voice, video, linking, and screen-recording.   

To see all of the new content recently added to our training library, visit the "New Training" tab. Want to learn more about our training? Request more information.

3 Tips to Navigate the Interview Process

No matter how prepared a job-seeker—especially a new graduate—may be, interviewing for a job is stressful. In a recent LinkedIn article, Necessary Job Interview Preparations, Ivan Dimitrijevic, CEO and co-founder of his own digital media and online marketing agency, shares his top insights to prep for the interview process, including:

Planning for Different Scenarios
While every interview is different, there are some questions that seem to appear again and again. This article lists examples such as, "What kind of person you consider yourself to be?”, “What are your greatest strengths?”, Why do you want this job?”, “Why do you think you should get the job?”, and “Where do you see yourself in 3 or 5 years?”, among others. Keep in mind that your answers may determine the direction of the rest of the interview, and thinking about and even rehearsing answers to predictable questions is a great way for you to steer the meeting in a direction that shows you at your best.

Taking Time on Your Appearance
First impressions count, so make sure you dress the part. The best approach is picking "something that makes you look professional, but at the same time gives you enough comfort... This is an amazing opportunity for you to show that you care about how you look and how diligent and meticulous you really are. These are the qualities that the employer will appreciate," shares Dimitrijevic.

Surviving the Interview
Though many times you may be interviewed by more than one person, Dimitrijevic states that "you should bear in mind that it is a two way street, and that you can also ask questions. Make sure you ask something relevant, and that will show just how much you are interested in the job, but don’t ask questions that can make you seem uninformed."

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