July 31, 20170

Are you looking for a job? Or do you plan to look for a job in the near future?

Those questions represent the most common reasons why someone would begin to look at their resume and decide if it needs to be updated. What most people discover over time is that their resume should always be update-to-date as job changes can occur suddenly and without any prior warning. But most people wait until a resume is needed and it is at this time that a decision is made to try to refine and update it, or leave it as is and hope that it will be sufficient enough to gain a recruiter or hiring manager's attention. There is a misconception that because resumes are rarely mailed out any longer, they are not that important. Yet many online application forms still request that a resume copy be...

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Should You Accept a Job Offer, Even if It Doesn't Advance Your Career?
January 19, 20180

Are you willing to take a job just because you need it and you believe it will become something more in the future? Or do you have an ability to wait until a job which is a better match for your career comes along? What is most important for the long-term success of your career?

It takes quite a bit of time and effort to find a job, especially when you take into consideration the amount of time spent working on the development of a resume, searching through online job boards, filling out online applications, and going through the interview process – often interviews with multiple recruiters and hiring managers.

What happens after you have spent all of that time and discover the job you've begun is not what you had hoped it would be or not what was advertised...

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Are You Thinking About Building a Successful Long-Term Career?
January 09, 20180

What's more important for your long-term career goals? Do you want to find a job and accept whatever comes along, or do you want to keep yourself focused on the big picture, search for a better job, and work towards building a successful career?

There is no question the job market is challenging, no matter what point in time it is as many industries are struggling to sustain employees and grow their businesses. Those of us who work in higher education, especially the field of distance learning, have watched this industry change dramatically over the past few years. And every month it seems you can read about another business or industry making layoffs, leaving many valued employees searching for new positions. I have seen this too as a resume writer, having written...

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Discover How to Transform Your Communication in the Workplace
December 24, 20170

How do you react when a co-worker disagrees with you?

How do you address a lengthy email with a long list of unrealistic demands?

How do you approach a customer who appears to be upset or angry?

Communication is part of every job and every relationship. The process of communication is complex yet occurs in a split second or the moment a person decides to send a message – whether verbally or in writing. We all have natural reactions to circumstances and other people, but do those reactions produce the best response?

The answer is that our gut reactions or initial replies and responses do not always address situations or other people in the most appropriate manner possible, especially when strong emotional reactions are felt,...

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How Do You Help a Student Who Seems to Have Given Up?
December 17, 20170

Do you ever feel like you want to give up on a student, especially when a student seems to give up or no longer cares about his or her progress in class?

As an educator, I care about my students – all of them. Even the online students who challenge me and occasionally cause me to walk away from my laptop for a short break. I believe it originate from my belief in the potential that every student has an ability to learn, even if students do not learn at the same pace or comprehend the course topics in the same manner. Most of the classes I have taught were online, and I have enjoyed teaching in a virtual learning environment – even though it was challenging at first when I could not see the students like I could when I was teaching in a traditional classroom. Over time...

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When Life Feels Like an Uphill Battle, Here's What to Do to Stay Strong
December 11, 20170

How do you respond to challenges that make your life or your career feel like an uphill battle? Do you have the emotional strength and determination to face difficult challenges in your career?

A job may feel routine to you, or you may even be looking forward to the day when you can leave it. Yet at the heart of your job is a career, which may feel threatened when you are faced with challenging circumstances that cause you to question your ability to be successful in this chosen profession. When you think about your career, you may realize how you have worked to cultivate skills that allow you to perform your job to the best of your abilities. Over time you've gain experience and knowledge, whether it was learning on the job or formalized education obtained in a...

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Best of Dr. J's Inspirational Quotes November 2017
November 26, 20170

Dr. J is excited to announce a brand new collection: The Best of Dr. J's Inspirational Quotes November 2017.

This resource is now available to you at no cost and it provides some of the best quotes written by Dr. J in 2017. Dr. J hopes you will download and save this resource, and open it any time you would like to be inspired.

Please click on the following link to obtain this free resource:...

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How Do You Help a Student Who Feels Hopeless?
October 28, 20170

The start of a new class always carries with it a sense of hope for students and their instructor. This is a time when students are the most likely to listen, read the assigned materials, and make an attempt to complete the required learning activities. From an instructor's perspective, there is an expectation that students are ready to learn and want to learn the course topics. For the most part, students will begin the class by making an effort, at least initially. After the first week of class, reality settles in and this is the time when students will either continue to try, or their effort will wane.

When students make an attempt to understand the course materials, and for some reason they cannot comprehend what they are reading, or they do not understand how to complete an...

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Do You Know How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement?
October 15, 20170

What would you say about yourself if you were asked to explain your teaching philosophy as an educator?

You may be surprised with the number of educators who either do not have a teaching philosophy or cannot clearly and concisely articulate (without the use of clichés or generalizations about teaching) what their beliefs may be about learning and teaching. When I was responsible for interviewing faculty for adjunct online teaching positions, many candidates I spoke with had not developed a clearly defined philosophy statement or never thought it was needed for their career. While that did not automatically disqualify them from a teaching position, it does not help them provide a true representation of what could be expected if they were teaching a course.

Every educator...

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Can You Choose a Hobby and Transform Your Well-Being? (You Can)
September 15, 20170

Would you be surprised to know a hobby could help you tap into your unlimited potential? Yes, everyone should have a hobby, especially those who work in an office every day and complete the same routine tasks. Do you ever give yourself time to do something enjoyable, a project or activity you might consider to be fun? Many people have a list of projects they would like to complete, and a sentence which usually precedes the list is: If I only had time I would get started. Does that sound familiar?

There has been a lot written about mindfulness and the benefits of meditation. This is based upon the idea of giving yourself time to be alone, away from your daily routine and responsibilities, to help regain a sense of balance and manage stress. But for many people, the idea of...

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