Career Readiness: Tips on Organizing

SEEED’s Weekly voice – April 5, 2017

Career Readiness: Tips on Organizing
Written by Taria Person

Last week we discussed tips on résumé building, and how to look more appealing to an employer. This week we are delving into a few ways to get and maintain organization in our day to day lives. The skills that we will discuss are:

  • Creating a schedule
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Being creative/having fun

Let’s get organized!

Schedule
Making a schedule for yourself is a great way to track what, when, where, why, and sometimes how, you are doing at specific times or periods throughout the day and week. It was stated from some CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, that If you break your schedule into 15 minute increments, it helps with productivity. Give it a try!

Time management
Sometimes it’s easy to find ourselves on Snapchat or Instagram, when we are supposed to get tasks done. I know about this, oh so well!

When getting organized and managing time, prioritizing our tasks and time is another important thing to consider. For instance, If you have eight hours and eight things on your to-do-list, prioritizing is a must.

Multitasking and setting realistic goals, are other aspects that ensure getting more things accomplished within the time we possess. It’s important to give adequate amount of time for our tasks, and to remain realistic, not to set ourselves up for failure.

Communication
This one may look out of place, but think about it…if you do not communicate your schedule with your employer or family, what will happen?

It is important to communicate effectively to develop the skills of organization, creating schedules, and time management. Remember, they all work together!

Be creative
This process does not have to be boring. When getting organized there are many ways to make the experience creative and/or fun.

  • Color coordination
  • Fonts
  • Decorative filing

Think about your style and get organized!

Until next time, keep growing.

Career Readiness: 4 Tips for Resume Building

Written by Taria Person

 

Are you trying to land your dream job or a summer job, and need to build a resume? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Sometimes
creating a resume can be an intimidating experience—especially with all of the resume rules out there.

And even though the process may be intimidating, there are a few things to considerable for ensuring that you are a competitive
candidate:

  1.  Have a professional email
  2.  Under employment history, list most recent job first
  3.  Use power words
  4.  List your accomplishments

1) Have a Professional Email – This should not be distracting to the interview process and/or get in the way of getting you employment. Let’s use the email address (gettingmoney2017@yahoo.com) as an example. In a lot of cases we need money to survive and/or sustain our lifestyles, so the employer may understand the importance of getting money, but this email address may not be the best for a job application.

Consider using an email with your first and last name like: (johndoe@gmail.com) or (johndoe1@hotmail.com) or any other variation of a professional email.

2) List Recent Job History First – Employers want to see the most recent job history on your resume. Knowing the tasks and responsibilities of recent/current employment allows for a better assessment of what you would be able to contribute to the company, now.

3) Power Words are great ways to show confidence in your resume, which can set you apart from other candidates. It is also a deliberate way of expressing why you should be hired! Using power words is compelling way to concisely describe who you are and shows some of your capabilities.

Just a little secret: Some times, looking at the job description will reveal the type of language and interests of the employer. Here are a
few for when you start…

  • Trained
  • Built
  • Developed
  • Managed
  • Engaged
  • Increased
  • Advanced
  • Applied
  • Collaborated

Using power words on your resume, says that you are sure of what you have to offer and shows accomplishments.

4) List your Accomplishments – Sometimes it can be easy to forget, or undermine our remarkable work. But if you don’t list your accomplishments, who will? Take a moment and think about every accomplishment you have received at work. List everything from employee of the month to top 5 in sales. Do not sleep on your greatness and/or what you bring to table. Share it!

If you still need help with your resume or the interview process, keep checking into SEEED’s Weekly Voice for tips; but before I go, I want to leave you with a tip I learned from a professor.

While in college, one of my professors used to say, “Google it!” whenever we had to research anything. Keep researching—Google it!

I hope these tips help you. Until next time, keep growing!