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Finding a Job


Finding a Job

Finding a Job

First of all a belated thank you to the 100+ compliments I received in the last month.

There is a website called Wordle.net.

Go to a job posting copy the requirements and create your own Wordle.net cover. The more a word is repeated the larger it is shown graphically. Those are the words you use in the first part of your cover letter and resume.

Using the following job post:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

– Manages three HR team members, overseeing their functional and project-based initiatives and supporting their professional development.

– Identifies, recommends and implements process improvements to integrate best practices in benefits administration and to simplify HR processes.

– Refines payroll administration controls, including providing back up support to the Payroll Administrator.

– Manages unemployment claims and trains Noble managers on IL unemployment law proceedings.

– Assists with HR investigations, disciplinary proceedings and other employee relations situations.

– Manages and supports all HR needs for select campuses, which includes performing new hire orientations, maintaining records for personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, transfers and terminations, etc.

– Provides leadership in analyzing and ensuring data integrity with employee data; compiles HR reports for internal uses and external requests.

– Identifies general employee development needs (for administrative staff only, not for teachers) and coordinates training to support business objectives. May also be involved in the design of custom training programs based on unique business requirements or organizational needs (e.g. employment law training for managers or customer service training for campus office staff).

The words: Manages, Training and HR are the largest. Therefore I would include those words when aligning your skillsets with the job.

Now let’s go to the next step:

Let’s discuss Requirements Analysis,or what I call Requirements Analysis.

Just some quick thoughts as many of you are asking I write more often. PleaTake a job posting. Highlight the key words.

Get a sheet of paper. Create two columns.

On left column list the bulleted items that the job posting lists.

On the right column, write why you think you are the perfect fit for each bulleted item.

Utilize the transferable skills that were discussed in the previous post. Before you know it, you can copy and paste what you have journaled and be that perfect candidate for many jobs.

Get out of the house, meet people one on one. Go to the library. Meet the Reference Librarian. Get familiar with EBSCO, Hoover Database and other business databases.

Here’s the same example utilized differently:

Assistant Director of Human Resources

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

– Manages three HR team members, overseeing their functional and project-based initiatives and supporting their professional development.

– Identifies, recommends and implements process improvements to integrate best practices in benefits administration and to simplify HR processes.

– Refines payroll administration controls, including providing back up support to the Payroll Administrator.

– Manages unemployment claims and trains Noble managers on IL unemployment law proceedings.

– Assists with HR investigations, disciplinary proceedings and other employee relations situations.

– Manages and supports all HR needs for select campuses, which includes performing new hire orientations, maintaining records for personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, transfers and terminations, etc.

– Provides leadership in analyzing and ensuring data integrity with employee data; compiles HR reports for internal uses and external requests.

– Identifies general employee development needs (for administrative staff only, not for teachers) and coordinates training to support business objectives. May also be involved in the design of custom training programs based on unique business requirements or organizational needs (e.g. employment law training for managers or customer service training for campus office staff).

Go over each item and ask yourself what have you done in the past, or what are you currently studying that would make you the perfect candidate? Remember a positive attitude, willingness to accept change, respect for yourself and others, being able to be a team player all count for something.

Happy job hunting.

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Finding the Best Tutor


Finding the Best Tutor

Finding the Best Tutor

Many students and parents hire tutors unaware of what they should get out of the tutoring process. After finding a tutor, over the course of you or your child’s first few tutoring sessions, there are key things you can evaluate that will indicate whether the tutoring experience will be successful.

The tutor should be asking the tutoree questions and involving him or her in the session. If the student is falling behind in school due to lack of engagement on the part of his or her teacher or text, a tutor who falls into the same category will not help. If your child is the one being tutored, don’t be too obtrusive, but listen from the other room to hear if the tutor asks questions and encourages involvement from the student. Some students will initially be shy but, if you have hired a good tutor, you should begin to hear them begin to speak up more in response to questions after a couple of tutoring sessions.

A good tutor should be able to give the student, parent, and teacher detailed updates on progress that are appropriate to each person involved. A student should get detailed and accurate feedback on his or her work, a parent should know how prepared their child is for a test, and a teacher should be informed of what concepts the student is struggling with.

Furthermore, after a few sessions, a good tutor should be adapting to you or your child’s learning style. He or she should also be able to explain the way your child learns best so that the parent and teacher can better reach the student. If you are the student, ask the tutor what he or she has figured out about your learning styles and how you can apply it in all your subjects. If you are the parent, ask the same in reference to your child. If the tutor can’t give you an answer, this is a bad sign.

In addition, a good tutor will be able to come up with extra examples, metaphors, and resources to explain the material. Ask yourself or your child if the tutoring sessions consist solely of watching the student do homework problems and making comments. If so, your tutor is not doing his or her best to help you or your child understand the material.

It is also important that the tutor encourage the student to be independent. He or she should show the student how to recognize where to apply concepts in context so that homework and tests will become easier. Depending on the academic situation, this might not happen right away. However, when asked, a good tutor should be able to explain how he or she will eventually help the student be able to work more independently. For example, he or she might teach the student how to "translate" key words in word problems. Because a good tutor will encourage students to be independent, he/she should be able to help you or your child come up with general study skills that correspond with personal learning styles and are applicable to other school subjects besides the one being tutored.

Tutor and student personalities should be compatible. If you are the one being tutored, you can make this call yourself. If you are dealing with a child, remember that he or she probably doesn’t like "tutoring" in general. Therefore, ask him, or her, this question: "Is ________ a good tutor if you have to have a tutor?"

If your child has a hard time paying attention, listen to see if the tutor uses creative ways to keep him or her focused and incorporates visual information. The same holds true if you are the student and struggle with focus. Tutoring sessions should be more visual, engaging, and helpful than doing schoolwork on your own. Sometimes, short conversational tangents help students stay interested in the material and trust the tutor. However, a good tutor will quickly work these back into the work at hand and avoid a child’s attempts to spend the session talking.

Finally, a good tutor will be truthful and realistic, but supportive and optimistic when questioned about a student’s immediate grade potential. He or she won’t promise you or your child "A"s but will indicate that he or she do his or her best to help the student understand the material and get the best grade possible under the individual circumstances. Often tutors are faced with having to bring a student up to date on past concepts that are lacking. If this is the case, the tutor should be able to explain to the tutor or parent how he or she will divide up the time between review and current material.

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