How to Write a Results-Driven Resume

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A captivating resume tells a story of your achievements rather than simply providing a summary of your responsibilities. Writing a results-driven resume may come easy for career professionals who have jobs where there are clear, quantifiable key performance indicators. However, if you are working in a role where your impact is ambiguous or not regularly tied to performance data, this could be a challenge.  Continue Reading

Creating a ‘Career Highlight Reel’ to Ace the Interview Game

Featuring alumna Dr. Christine Hagedorn ‘13

As a career advising specialist at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), I have the pleasure of working with students and alumni at various stages of their career. I provide coaching on a variety of career development topics, and interview preparation is certainly one of the popular ones. Continue Reading

How to Gain the Interest of Recruiters During a Virtual Career Fair

Although it’s convenient to attend a career fair online, it does still require an investment of your time so you want to be prepared to make the most of the opportunity to connect with employers. It’s important to keep in mind that the goal of the participating recruiters is to find qualified candidates for their current or future openings.Continue Reading

Is Teaching the Right Career for You?

2-11-2016 4-32-19 PMTeachers are a valuable asset to our community and serve as an inspiration to many of us throughout our lives. This may be the reason some industry professionals are attracted to the rewarding career of teaching. However, not everyone is built for teaching in today’s classroom. Here are some things consider to determine if a teaching career is right for you.

Do you possess the qualities of a great teacher? You do not have to be athletic to become a teacher. However, teaching does require physical stamina especially if you are interested in teaching elementary education to manage a classroom full of energetic children. Managing a classroom also requires a high level of patience and communications skills to not only relate to students, but to relate to adults including parents and administrators. Many public schools have limited resources so creativity may be necessary to develop lesson plans to accommodate various learning styles and engage students.

Do you have experience? Volunteer opportunities to work with children are plentiful. I recommend contacting a local school or non-profit for information on the process. Also, think about your skill sets to determine how you translate your experience to hiring managers. Be prepared for a background check.

Do you have the right degree? Most schools require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree in education or in the subject matter that they would like to teach in such as mathematics or science. However, there are alternative programs to assist transitioning professionals who possess a bachelors’ degree in other areas with gaining the training they need to become effective licensed teachers. I recommend researching alternative pathway programs in the counties where you would like to teach.

To learn more about how to enter the teaching profession as a non-education major, click here to listen to the webinar that we recently hosted, and click here for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.

Cathy Francois is a Career Advising Specialist at University of Maryland University College and a certified Global Career Development Facilitator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Kaplan University. Cathy’s career began in advertising sales and customer service, after which she transitioned into higher education, working as an admissions advisor. She also served in academic advising and career services for over five years. Cathy has a passion for helping people succeed and uses her diverse experience and interpersonal skills to bring a personalized approach to career advising.

 

Business Majors, Your Next Career Opportunity May Be the One You Create

1-21-2016 12-31-29 PM Various statistics confirm the rise of freelancers in the American workforce. However, no one can deny that advances in online networking, mobile technology, and the rising cost of hiring have created new opportunities for people seeking self-employment opportunities.  There are a variety of career options for those seeking either part or full-time sustainable careers as a freelancer. Here are just a few business related careers to consider.

Top 5 Freelance Sectors

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Business Writers

The rise of social media has increased the demand for writers to produce content for blogs, newsletters, web-based articles and more that will drive readers to websites. This career is ideal for creative writers with excellent communication skills with industry experience in the topics they cover.

Social Selling Specialist

The increased cost of hiring and advancements in cloud computing is driving up the demand for independent sales professionals. Those that are skilled at social selling can tap into social networks such as LinkedIn or Twitter to build relationships and share relevant content to attract prospective buyers.  Sales professionals with social media savviness combined with great interpersonal skills may have a promising career as a Social Selling Specialist.

Brand Coaches

As more people strike out on their own, so will the demand for personal brand coaches. Successful freelancers have built a brand to showcase their expertise to attract new clients and those new to the world of self-employment may need a coach to navigate them through the process.

If you like the idea of freelancing, but not sure if you have what it takes to make the leap, I recommend starting slow. Many freelancers start while working at a company while building their experience, skills, and reputation on the side. Be sure to follow industry leaders to get ideas on how to build your personal brand, and identify additional skills that you may need to develop before embarking on your next career opportunity.

To learn more about new opportunities for business majors, click here to listen to the webinar that we recently hosted, and click here for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.

Cathy Francois is a Career Advising Specialist at University of Maryland University College and a certified Global Career Development Facilitator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Kaplan University. Cathy’s career began in advertising sales and customer service, after which she transitioned into higher education, working as an admissions advisor. She also served in academic advising and career services for over five years. Cathy has a passion for helping people succeed and uses her diverse experience and interpersonal skills to bring a personalized approach to career advising.