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In a society filled with endless people with talents similar to you, a resume is one way to present yourself to those above you. This means that a resume is something rather formal and actually has important parts to it.

You can see a resume as a way of advertising yourself. You’re trying to sell yourself to other people so that you get employed, accepted, and so forth.

This means that your resume should be long enough, containing all the information it needs. However, it shouldn’t be too long because if the important people reading your precious resume becomes bored, you’re kind of screwed.

There is no mandatory structure that companies or universities require of you but there certainly is an order that is recommended.

First, contact details.

This information would include your full name, email address, and a phone number typically. Depending on the job you’re applying for, the address of where you live will or will not be needed.

Second, an opening statement.

This opening statement is something like an introductory paragraph of an essay. This paragraph has to be written in first person but never use the pronouns “I” and “me.” So for example, you’d say, “Can eat a whole chicken” instead of, “I can eat a whole chicken.” Since it is the first thing the superiors will read, it is recommended to start with a sentence explaining who you are and what you can bring to the job. And the rest of the paragraph would be a couple lines describing the skills, advantages, knowledge, and experience you have that will bring benefit to the place.

Third, skills and strength.

From this section on, it will be written as a list. The title of this section is rather straightforward. Of course, the skills you put down should be somewhat relevant to what you’re quote-on-quote trying out for. Like if you’re turning in a resume to a company like LG, listing “great lap dances” isn’t the best idea in the world. On this list, you can also include the past jobs you’ve had, your major, and possibly any volunteer work you were involved in in the past.

Fourth, personal attributes.

This is a way to dress yourself if you haven’t had too much experience before. This section would be a list of traits you have: responsibility, honesty, flexibility, etc. You just have to make sure that this list does not overlap with your skills and strength.

Fifth, educational history.

When’s your education going to be used? Right here, baby. This list will contain two parts. The first part will only have one thing: your highest education level. You don’t have to share your results unless it benefits you. The second part will have a couple academic achievements you achieved in the past.

Sixth, employment history.

Go the opposite of chronologically: recent to first. It’s recommended to give the position title and the period you worked there. Of course, there’s always a first. In that case, where you don’t have any work history, feel free to add work experiences or internships you’ve had in and through school or volunteer work you’ve done in the past. It’s good to had a list of achievements you reached or significant contributions you gave in each job.

Seventh, recommendations.

It’s always good to use ethos and have at least two other people saying good things about you. Of course, it could be like a, “Bob is very good to children.” But it’s better if it supports you as an employee. You should also add their contact information so that the people hiring you can check that you didn’t just recommend yourself with a fake identity.

There are certainly things you shouldn’t or don’t need to put in your resume. Private information, typos and errors, pictures, fancy editing, tables, and just really unformal things. Also, make sure many different people get a chance to review your resume because those few pages decide you fewer ever so literally.

So there you have it! Bestest of luck with your future endeavors!

http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-careers/applying-for-jobs/how-to-write-a-resume
Word of the Day: selcouth
(adj.) unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous
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These days in the 21st century, there is a lot of information out there. In fact, there is too much information out there.

That was such a vague statement but just hear me out. When we get a research project in school, whichever subject it may be, we all have a tendency to sit down and stare at the prompt, with absolutely no idea of where to start.

Why is that? That’s because if we just type the prompt into a Google search, we will actually get nothing we need. Okay, okay, nothing may be too strong of a word to use here. But the information we get will definitely be superficial. It will only skim the surface and if we were to write an essay about this, half of the things written down will be either made up or concluded.

I remember in 3rd grade, I had to do a research project about an animal of Kenya and I chose a flamingo. There are two things I remember from that project. One, a flamingo has only one nostril. It has two holes, but it’s one long one. This is because when it’s feeding, it’s whole beak is in water and it needs the water to pass through, not remaining inside.

Two, the thing I inserted in the Google search read, “flamingos animal of Kenya but not the hotel also a big bird.” It was actually crazy. Even back then as a 3rd grader, I remember looking at my search engine and feeling slightly more stupid than normal.

There are a lot of hotels called Flamingo all over the world. So it makes sense that when I type in “flamingo” into the search engine, I’ll just get results about hotels on the coast of some country. And when I am actually looking for a hotel, it’ll give me results about the bird. Google tends to hate its clients at times.That’s why I tried to be the most specific I could be.

Even now, as an 11th grade student, I hopelessly search Google for hours and barely get any information out of it. It may partially be because I get distracted by the internet in general, but it also is that there’s too much information, too much of which is not what I actually want.

For example, my English class recently got a research project. We are to research about how an American poet rebels to society. Good luck finding that on Google. To actually get information on this, I can’t type in, “How does Shel Silverstein rebel to society?” and actually expect to get some great information.

Instead, I have to come up with different research facts that will eventually all connect with and lead to the big final question. That’s why research papers take forever. It doesn’t take that long to write, but it takes forever to gather information that is actually fully relevant to and fit for the occasion, sadly.

So as the writer and creator of a research paper and project, I have to go that far for the information and facts because there will be people reading my work and believing it.

Honestly, I’m actually not sure if the nostril fact is a fact or something my creative 3rd grade mind made up, so don’t take my word for it. But as a reader, you believed it because it was something new, something cool.

Word of the Day: rasasvada
(n.) the taste of bliss in the absence of all thoughts

Krakauer

Jon Krakauer writes the infamous book Into the Wild. It’s a great book about a young man named Chris McCandless who changed his name to Alex and goes into the wild because he despised materialism.

Krakauer writes the book in a way that it is a book written about different people who desired the similar things Alex did and even tried it. He himself is also in one of the stories he tells.

However, his goals were not only to tell Alex’s story. He wrote the book to convince his audience to step away from society’s materialism just like the characters of his book did.

He took a great approach by, like I said before, making the whole book about people like Alex. And one of those people was Jon Krakauer himself. Instead of just telling his readers to do one thing without doing actually doing anything about it, he also told the story of how he himself took part in that action as well.

For example, if someone shouts at me to stop shouting at people our of anger, there isn’t much credibility. However, if I know that someone is not someone who shouts out of anger, then that’s a whole different story. That someone is not a hypocrite and actually has the right to tell me that.

Another thing Krakauer does is giving Alex’s endeavor credibility by not being the only one talking about him. Other people in the story also talk about how golden Alex was and the readers could lucidly tell that he had made such a great impact on the people he encountered. Like Ron, the man who became an atheist after finding out about Alex’s death.

For example,  if a boy who likes a girl explains about her, he’s bound to only mention the good things because he is biased towards her. However, if we get from other people about how great of a person she is, it will give us another point of view, possibly a view we can trust and believe as well.

Through this, Krakauer establishes a great argument. However, he is not fully able to convince his readers that giving up materialism is the road to the living because most of the people he mentioned end up dying. And through all the death that happened because of the pursuit of the life of the wild the readers are exposed to, the readers finish the book with the doubt of if that is actually the true way of living.

Word of the Day: tristful
(adj.) deeply yet romantically melancholy

Unanswered

Truly living definitely isn’t spending every last bit of my weekend on homework.

Truly living means that I get to do what I want. Of course, this “what I want” thing is rather broad. This includes having the best time with my friends, but also going to a college with somewhat of a big scholarship.

But then, does that mean me working my small butt off every weekend for good grades is truly living? Because that’s how I’ll end up going to college with a good financial support.

Wait no, doing homework is not what I want. What I want is to go to college. Wait what?

Wait, but then does this mean that If I wanted to become a mass murderer, I am truly living by killing everyone I wish? Because I want to be killing and I am doing exactly that.

Okay, so I guess the definition of truly living depends on the person living it.

For me, truly living would be becoming a psychiatrist and working as a profiler with the police department. Sadly, this means going to college with a major in Medicine. Do I want that? Not really. But do I need that. Yep, I do. It’ll be my steps to the life of truly living.

Wait, does this mean I’ll suffer because I really won’t be truly living until I finish 11 years of college for my PhD? Because if so, truly living might not even be worth it. But then again, during those 11 years, will I be in anticipation, just waiting to become the doctor? Because if that’s the case, then maybe the 11 long years won’t be a string of boring 365.25 days. Because then, it’ll be worth it.

So truly living is something that has to be earned and may take forever to earn. But it’ll be worth it… right?

Word of the Day: orphic
(adj.) mysterious and entrancing; beyond ordinary understanding.

Sincerely,

I am someone who personally loves writing hand written letters; most people close to me know that. I even get letter requests from people sometimes.

I take joy in thinking about what I should write. This does not mean that I will write an outline, a rough draft, and then a final draft. It means I will sit down and just write what comes to mind. Of course, if I mess up or don’t like it, it would just end up being one of the many paper balls in my trash can.

I write letters to people on their birthdays saying thank you for being born. I write letters to my parents on my birthday saying thank you for giving birth to me. I write letters to my family and teachers during Christmas season.

However, there are occasions I cannot feel joy in writing letters. An apology letter is one of them. I struggle with apologizing sometimes so sitting down and actually writing about how I am sorry and why I am sorry is a great way to humble myself and also apologize at the same time. There are also I’m-so-sorry-for-your-loss letters and those aren’t too fun to write. But these are necessary occasions to write in.

Naomi Shihab Nye writes a letter “To Any Would-Be Terrorists”. There, she tells them that if “they [wanted to wound] a huge community of people in the Middle East, in the United States and all over the world, [then] the mission was a terrible success” and told them they “can stop now.”

Did this letter ever get sent to an actual would-be terrorist? Probably not, no. So did that letter serve no purpose? The answer to that question is also a no.

Yes, her letter is directed towards a specific group of people. But other people can read her letter and still take something away from her. Through the stories she tells about her grandmother and people of her nation, people with the stereotype of brown people are all terrorists etched into their minds can relook where they are standing and why.

People have tendencies to victimize themselves and this letter shows that they are not the only victims of the situation; they are are also creating more victims themselves.

Letters can be a way to communicate how we feel. But it can also teach lessons because it is something from the bottom of our hearts.

http://islam.uga.edu/shihabnye.html
Word of the Day: scintilla
(n.) a tiny, brilliant flash or spark; a small thing; a barely-visible trace