Resume
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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Discover Why Critical Thinking is Critical for Learning
March 19, 20180

Do you understand what critical thinking means? Is there an indicator when thinking becomes or transforms into critical thinking?

The phrase "critical thinking" has become widely used in this field and it is a skill which students are told they must learn. The challenge is that this phrase can have multiple descriptions when educators are asked to define it. The descriptions provided by students are even more varied and often described using clichés such as "thinking outside of the box", or they can come closer to what this concept means when they relate it to problem-solving.

This poses a challenge for the inclusion of critical thinking in a list of skills students need to learn because there isn't a clear standard regarding how best to teach it, along with an...

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How You Can Help Students Who Seem to Not Want Help
March 01, 20180

It would seem students should want the help of their instructors, especially when they are struggling with course topics, assignments, and meeting deadlines. But the reality is that this is not usually the case and as most educators know, students may even resist the very idea of asking for help and prefer to give up when faced with a challenge. This can occur even when an instructor has done everything possible to encourage students to speak up. For example, I have observed many online classes where instructors created optimal classroom conditions that were conducive for productive exchanges, similar to what I have done within my own online classes, and students still would not ask for help – even when their grades were declining.

I have studied adult education and one of the...

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What Does It Mean for Students to Look Up to You?
February 12, 20180

What are your goals as an educator, teacher, and mentor to your students? Do you have a clearly defined mission statement now, one which guides your day and the plans you establish for your week?

When you are actively involved in the classroom and working with your adult students, classroom management and what you need to teach are the order of the day. As the class progresses, you may consider the perspective of your students; along with what motivates them, how they persist when faced with challenges, and what it is like for them to interact with the classroom environment. But have you ever considered how your students view you as an educator? Does it matter to you or influence how you teach when you are planning your class or considering future professional...

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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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