Where online students go for resume tips

Resume Writing for Online Students

The job search can be really challenging for introverts. What if you are someone who can expertly perform the tasks a job requires, but you’re really not good at promoting yourself? This is why people get paid to write resumes.

If self-promotion is not in your skill set, it’s okay to ask for help. If you’re a college student (traditional or online), you might be able to get free resume reviews and guidance via student services. I interviewed a specialist with Ashford University’s Career Services team about resume do’s and don’ts, easily fixable mistakes, and what you should (and shouldn’t) leave off your resume. It’s good advice even if you finished college years ago.

The story went up this week at Ashford’s Forward Thinking blog.

Familiar streets. New adventures.

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The moving trucks have come for our stuff once again. A little more than two years after saying goodbye, we are returning to Las Vegas this month. My wife has accepted an incredible job opportunity and our California adventure is over.

It hasn’t been that long, but I feel like I’m a very different person than I was when I left Las Vegas. My career has changed and I’ve learned so much in my time away. I’m looking forward to reuniting with friends and colleagues, and with some luck I hope to find co-workers that are as amazing as the ones I have now.

See you very soon Las Vegas.

‘X-Men’ Kicks Off Now Playing Podcast Summer of New Releases

Screen art for Now Playing's "X-Men" retrospective.

Screen art for Now Playing’s “X-Men” retrospective.

When Now Playing Podcast’s X-Men: Apocalypse episode arrives this week, it will kick start a summer schedule stacked with week of release reviews for the 9-year-old show and its panel of hosts.

In a way, Now Playing is going back to the beginning.

Longtime listeners will remember the early days, when the show launched with the goal of reviewing a just released flick every week. Those 2007-08 era shows are notable for their shorter run times (the first Iron Man review runs a little more than 8 minutes) and films that would never fit in Now Playing Retrospective Series (reviews of Fever Pitch and 21 are standout examples).

Having established its popularity and found its footing with the first retrospective (for Friday the 13th) in 2009, the show has stuck to its celebrated formula – review every film in a series leading up to the latest release. In summer that usually means a handful of new release reviews wrapped inside the longer retrospectives. Summer 2015, for example, was largely dedicated to the Mad Max and Mission Impossible franchises, with appearances by Marvel heroes and that Terminator sequel we’ve all forgotten.

The summer slate that begins with the aforementioned X-Men review will see the hosts back in theaters for eight new releases over the next 11 weeks, reviewing everything from the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Star Trek sequels, to DC Comics’ Suicide Squad. Three new retrospective series’ will make their debuts this summer, with Matt Damon’s Bourne films taking up the most space on the calendar, and the Independence Day and Ghostbusters franchises offered as a bonus in Now Playing’s bi-annual donation drive.

Listeners may even be in for a surprise or two, the host hinted. What that means is anyone’s guess, as the calendar turns to June and Now Playing’s summer schedule is stacked through Suicide Squad. The current schedule can be seen at the show’s website, and if you look closely your eyes are not deceiving you – there are two reviews coming for The Bourne Identity. Listeners who love Now Playing’s completist approach to Hollywood franchises will be delighted to know there was a 1988 television movie adaptation of the story, starring a post-Alan Quatermain Richard Chamberlain and former Charlie’s Angel Jaclyn Smith. That should be good.

I should probably quit while I’m ahead

My first graduate school course is complete and my GPA is 4.0. Feeling pretty good about that right now. I had planned to post an update here after I was accepted into the M.B.A. program at Forbes School of Business in January, but it turns out when you have to balance work, school, and family, there’s not a lot of time left for website updates. But I am pleased about the decision to go back to school, and it turns out this is exactly the right time in my life to do it.

Something I learned almost immediately is that when you’re an adult learner, you’re able to apply so much of your career experience to the conversation and your assignments. It just wouldn’t have been the same had I chosen to get a Master’s degree after graduating from Oswego all those years back. My only experience at that point was stocking shelves at Wegmans (No. 4 on Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work For” list!) and working the video game section of Sears.

I loved both of those jobs.

Some time back I posted an update to LinkedIn after earning my social media strategy certification. Since then I’ve also finished the Digital Marketing certification program that was offered by Mediabistro, and I’ve started taking Hootsuite’s Podium courses, which is another social media program. I feel like I’m getting pretty good at this.

Gold star for me.

Gold star for me.

New Year, New Now Playing Podcast Schedule

I wrote this piece for the Venganza Media website previewing the Now Playing Podcast schedule from January through March. The new shows begin Tuesday, Jan. 5 with a review of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, which is part of our Grindhouse retrospective.

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Also on tap in the first quarter is a Masters of the Universe review, which comes at the request of a fan who backed Now Playing’s “Underrated Movies We Recommend” book on Kickstarter.

The year’s first weekend of release review will be Deadpool in February. As I mention in the article, the calendar is always in flux, but you can bet Now Playing will return to some of our ongoing retrospectives. That means Marvel, DC, and Star Wars!

This is a quick story about learning something new

Last week I completed my Advanced Social Media Strategy Certification, a program developed by the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and Hootsuite. I don’t think someone can ever be an “expert” at social media – it just grows too fast – but credentials like this one are extremely valuable to professionals looking to understand the complexity of social business and their strategic approach to social media.

For me, this is a career and personal growth achievement. The ASMS certification is the first of two certifications I started working on this year, and I’m already looking around for my next learning experience. You have to find ways to update your personal playbook, and that goes for anyone in any business. So, if you’re plotting out your 2016 resolutions, I strongly encourage you to seek out these kinds of opportunities – training, certifications, degree programs, etc. It doesn’t even have to be work related, just resolve to learn something new.

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The ASMS credential.

Why I love the ‘Star Trek’ streaming announcement

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While I am curious to see what kind of Trek show eventually debuts on CBS in 2017, I’m more interested in seeing its impact on the network’s budding digital platform. Following this morning’s announcement that the new series was being developed for the streaming service, I tweeted that other networks should take notice. I’m sure they have, and local affiliates are taking notice too, because the day will come when all of the best network programming is only available through streaming.

Despite this whiny New York Post article’s claim that Trek is being relegated to a “second tier” platform, CBS knows exactly what it’s doing. This is just the next step in the company’s plan since launching All Access last year with a $5.99 per month subscription, which includes its own shows and content from local affiliates. The network is putting itself in a position in which it will no longer need the affiliates or cable companies to carry its programming. I’ve previously written that to combat this, affiliate companies need to keep developing their own original programming, or at least invest in digital media (Scripps acquiring podcaster Midroll is a great example of the latter).

That day may be far off into the future, but you can bet it’s on the mind of CEO Les Moonves, who hinted last year that the company was planning to produce digital-only programming. There’s even been talk of putting the NFL on All Access, which, pardon the expression, would be the ultimate game-changer. Star Trek is one thing, but you know how people go crazy for the football.

For now, Star Trek is the killer app that CBS hopes will get more people to sign up for All Access, just as House of Cards gave people a reason to subscribe to Netflix streaming (like the DVD business, the broadcast model isn’t what it used to be). Targeting the Trek audience is also a smart move; they are online, they are technophiles and early adopters, and they are dedicated to the franchise – they’ll pay the $6 to see a new series.

Even if you could care less about CBS programming, you have to salute the company for embracing the present – I’m not even going to say the future, digital is the now. All Access is not a second-tier platform, it’s the kind of service that every media company should have, especially the local affiliates, who risk someday losing out on quality programming that is streamed from someone else’s app.