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Enhance Your Resume To Exceed Expectations (Get a Killer Resume!)

young woman with resume Enhance Your Resume To Exceed Expectations (Get a Killer Resume!)In order to get a great job, you need to have a great resume. A great resume is made up of a number of different important components. Please use the guide below to help build a resume that is sure to impress prospective employers.

Education and Training

Be sure to list all degrees and training certificated that you have received. Also, note any distinction that your degree was granted. If you won any academic awards during your time in school, be sure to list this as well. If you had a good GPA in school, note it on your resume.


The skills section of your resume is a place where you can list any additional capabilities that may not be listed under the education and training section. This is a good place to note writing, communication and leadership skills. If your degree is not in the field of technology but you have technological skills, be sure to note them in this section.


The experience section should be the largest portion of your resume. Be sure to brainstorm about all of the work, extra curricular activities, volunteering, and internships that you have done that might have prepared you for the job that you are applying for. Leadership and communication experience is always helpful, so be sure to list any experience that you have that has honed these skills.


Included in your job application materials should be a list of references. Every person on this list should be willing and ready to give a very detailed and positive description of your professional capabilities and personality. Be sure to include updated contact information along with each reference. Also, contact each of your references before you submit your job application so that they will be prepared for a call from your prospective employer.

Quick Fixes

Education and Training: If you have note yet completed your degree, do not worry. Simply write the date when you expect to receive your diploma or certificate.

Skills: If, perhaps, you have been out of school for a while and feel that you need to brush up on some of your professional skills, ask your alma mater if you might take a refresher course or two.

Experience: If you feel that your amount of experience is lacking, sign up for an internship. Some companies actually offer internships that you can do by correspondence.

References: If you are having a hard time coming up with a list of good references, get a part-time job or internship and do your absolute best to impress your employer or supervisor. After at least a month of work, ask if you may use him or her as a reference.

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Accreditation. Is It Important?

There is one way that accreditation is highly important: if you receive a degree from an alternative source, such as online distance learning. When it comes to a traditional college, name recognition may be more important than accreditation. While most brick and mortar schools are accredited, some colleges have a greater impact than others.

Everyone knows that Harvard is an elite school. It plainly looks better on your resume no matter what profession you may be entering—medical, engineer, computer, etc. Name recognition also depends on the field of study. Some colleges have a better known and more well respected program in a specific field than others. Harvard may be the king of colleges, but there are a number of good departments in colleges throughout the country. Apart from accreditation, getting a degree from a good department can be as helpful in the job market as getting a degree from an Ivy League school. For these top schools accreditation is implied. There is no need for a potential employer to investigate the college's accreditation. In this sense, accreditation is not nearly as important in top universities than it is in smaller colleges or online universities.

Accreditation 101

Accreditation is proof that the college has given out a quality education. In the case of distance learning programs, there are non-accredited colleges that will give out a degree for little to no coursework. Really, students are just buying the diploma. If you are using such a degree to apply to a graduate program, these types of degrees may not even be recognized. The same goes for applying for a job.

Accreditation is a peer review process in which institutions of higher learning assess each other's educational standards. There are also accrediting institutions, such as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which overseas schools in a particular region.

If you are applying within a particular program it is important to check the department's accreditation. Do not assume that just because a school has been accredited that each department is accredited as well. In many cases, a school's accreditation applies to every department. In other cases, accreditation is granted on a department-by-department basis. So it is recommended that you not only apply to an accredited school, but that your department of study is accredited.

To further confuse the issue, there are colleges that claim accreditation when in fact the school is not. Just as there are online colleges that administer fake diplomas, there are also less-than-reputable accrediting boards that give out false accreditation. A school must be accredited by a board recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

What it comes down to is this: accreditation is important according to type of career you will be entering and the type of college where you are getting your degree. If there is some question about a college's accreditation, it is important to be able to show an employer that your degree comes from an accredited institution or program. It is not enough that you have good grades, the college itself needs to have a good grade as well.

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I Got My Online Degree, Now What?

So you made it!  You some how managed to balanced your demanding life with a challenging online education. Your new degree makes you more competitive for more jobs and advancement in your current career. Now What?

If you are trying to move up in your current job, inform your employer of your graduation and include a copy of your transcript/diploma. Also notify and demonstrate to them any new skills or qualifications you have gained from your online education. Apply for jobs internally. Although you may have obtained your new degree, you might not receive the better paying or new job instantaneously. With your new degree, you might feel overqualified for your current job, but be realistic because it takes time to secure a new job!

Ok, you’ve applied and have gotten an offer! Congratulations! However do not be disappointed if you are not offered as much money as you’d like. You might not be making the money you want right away, but with your new or higher online degree, you can soon request the raise that you deserve!

Some of you decided to pursue a different degree because you were unhappy with your current career choice and thought you needed better. Check out some job fairs. A lot of these job fairs are flooded with 20 something year olds looking for a career. But as a newly adult graduate, you not only bring your new degree to the table, but also years of experience; thus making yourself much more valuable and competitive for a career change.

Although you have gained additional credentials and your resume is sparkling with the new degree, you might not get the new job right away. Again it takes time! You might have to stay working at your current job until you find the job you want. But remember, be respectable and fair to your current employer. Because you are pursuing something new, does not mean that you can slack off and be unethical in your work practice.

So after receiving your degree, applying internally/externally for a better or different career, and attending job fairs, you are now well on your way to rolling in the money and getting your dream job thanks to your online degree!!

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How to Choose the Right Online School for You

Deciding to go to college, whether right after high school or after years of working, is an important crossroads in life. There are many factors to consider before committing to an educational program online. The first decision you need to make is what school you want to attend. Online schooling offers the possibility of nearly any school you want, as long as you qualify for acceptance and can put together the financing. So how do you know which school is the right one for you?

One of the first factors that will help you narrow down your choice of schools is your program of study. Obviously, if you have already determined what program you want and the degree you are seeking, you have narrowed your options considerably simply by what is offered by different schools. If the career you are considering requires certification or licensure in your state, make sure the school’s program meets the criteria for the license or certification. Check with the state you live in and make sure the school meets the qualifications, especially if the school is out of state.

Consider the reputation of the schools you are thinking of attending. Is the school accredited and by whom? Accreditation means the school’s programs and degrees have been reviewed and determined to be legitimate and acceptable. Many online websites offer a “diploma” for sale, with no actual education taking place. Other schools may offer classes by instructors without the necessary training or experience to be qualified as an instructor. Do your research and make sure the schools you are considering are legitimate educational institutions offering a quality education in exchange for your money.

Cost is always an important factor when choosing a school – and that includes online schools as well. While online school will be substantially less expensive than a traditional school there will still be variations in costs from one school to another. Along with tuition, books and fees, you also need to find out if the school you want to attend accepts financial aid. A school must be accredited to be able to offer most traditional financial aid.

Ask how long the school has been offering online classes. Do they use a leading virtual classroom management system? You will likely have a better experience with a school that has been offering online education for a few years and have most of the quirks worked out. Find out what type of learning resources are available to you. Many schools allow online students to access the campus library by ordering books online and receiving and returning them through the mail or a ground delivery service.

Finally, ask if there are recent graduates you can speak with, as well as employers who have hired graduates from the school. These sources will often give you the most realistic view of the quality of the school, so don’t be afraid to ask to speak to them.

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