You’ve gone through the hard part of tailoring your resume to the job description, crafting a beautiful cover letter, and filling out your job application. You’re done now, right? Believe it or not, there is one step you might be missing: a letter of recommendation.
Letters of recommendations are a classic place to stumble on during applications. Is there a right or wrong way when going about asking for a letter of recommendation? To begin, let’s look at the reasoning behind getting a letter of recommendation.
Why Do You Need a Letter of Recommendation?
Most students experience some stress and perhaps a bit of anxiety when a big test is coming up. Feeling a little on edge is often a good thing because it drives many students to dedicate more time to studying.
But problems can occur when you experience extreme test stress that interferes with your quality of life in one or both of the following ways:
You struggle to concentrate and have trouble studying for big tests. The days and hours leading up to an important test are wasted in anxiety, fear, and overthinking.
When considering a career path or job; consider the possibility of evening or overnight work. For some employees, working at night is a personal preference because that’s when they feel more alert, it’s quiet and they can get more accomplished. For others their spouse may work during the day, and they are with the kids. This makes working at night ideal so there is no need to pay for daycare. In some fields, working at night results in a higher salary. And let’s face it – those evening shifts might have the extra benefit of less traffic on your commute!
If you are looking for a career that allows the benefit of nighttime work; here are some jobs that are ideal for night owls.
When looking for employment, job engines are a great resource. These sites include job listings, company information, interview and career advice, help for uploading your resume, easy apply buttons and more.
When applying for positions, it’s best to join multiple sites, sign up for email alerts and check in frequently to keep up to date with the job posting. Be sure to write down all the jobs you applied for and on which site so that when contacted, you know which job they are speaking about and the company that is hiring.
Below are some of the more popular job search engines:
Indeed - very easy to navigate and apply.
LinkedIn - your professional profile page, you can network and find open job positions.
Remote schooling has been introduced into almost every household within the past couple of years. For some, it is a beneficial way to study and learn, and for others it is a struggle. What we have learned is that you can set yourself up for successful remote learning with the right tools and study environment.
Selecting a degree or deciding what career training path is ideal for you can be difficult. Don’t waste time and money going after a career that won’t fulfill you. Understanding a little more about your personality and temperament will narrow down choices and direct your path toward a job that can make you happy!
The 16 personality types were created by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs, developers of the MBTI® assessment. Myers and Briggs created their personality typology to help people discover their own strengths and gain a better understanding of how people are different from one another.
On a really tight schedule? Or maybe you work from home and there are constant distractions? You have a deadline for work due Friday, you blinked and now it’s Wednesday! Life can creep up on you, but if you can improve your focus, you can meet those deadlines. Below are a few suggestions that work wonders for beating distractions.
Instead of medication try meditation! Naturally prepare your mind for focus. Meditation can include deep breathing exercising throughout the day, or a more formal break in the middle of work for a quick refresh.
Designated work areas are critical in maximizing your focus. Get into your space and allow for some private work time. The clean and comfortable environment will help you focus and complete your tasks.
Taking a 10-minute break in between long periods of work helps to clear your mind. When you come back you can have a fresh view of what you are working on.
Whether you take remote or in-person courses you may have the choice between a hard copy book or an electronic “e-book”. If you have the choice, it might be best to select the book format based on the type of learner you are (visual, reading/writing, kinesthetic, etc.). Below we weigh the positives and negatives on hard copy and electronic books.
Hard copy books are excellent for all types of learners. When you are a Kinesthetic or Reading/Writing learner you may be more drawn to having a hard copy to touch and make notes inside. It is much easier to flip back and forth between pages, and for these types of learners it is a better way to remember where you may have read the material and found information. The downside to hard copy books is that the cost is usually more, and they are not easily transportable as they are heavy to carry around and lug from place to place. If you can find used hard copy books or rent them, it can help defray the costs.
As jobs are constantly evolving, we as life-long learners should evolve with them. A personal enrichment course is designed to enlighten you on topics you may already know a little about, or expose you to something you’ve always wanted to learn. These courses can cover diverse areas of learning such as computer applications, communication skills, hobbies and crafts. Ed4Career offers many different topics of classes to help you keep your lifelong learning skills sharp.
Maybe you have decided you want to learn about different topics such as finance or law. We’ve got the courses you need!
Are you interested in starting a business as a photographer? Take the photography course to learn how to take those unique photos and help develop your photography style.
When completing your courses, in all areas of study, you will most likely be given writing assignments. Information you research will come from outside sources. Unless you are speaking your own opinion or experiences, you will need to cite and reference where your material comes from. Why does credit need to be given from these sources? Because otherwise it is stealing someone else’s work and efforts. Many universities, colleges, and certification programs will suspend or penalize you for not citing your work properly! Your professor will specify which format you will need to use, and the formatting specifics required. Here, we will go over just the citations, references and work cited page,
1. Citation- A quote from an article or book. A way to let readers know this specific information came from another source.