anonymous asked:

"No, we will not help you with paperwork and timetables. In the real world, people won't be there to hold your hand every step of the way"- The AccessAbility people at my university, whose job is literally to help my autistic ass with managing things. (I'm writing a complaint.)

Translation: “I’m coming up with a half ass excuse to not do my literal job and help you.”

Good idea.


A Guide to Writing Your Resume

I recently took a very helpful youth professional development course and learned some great things I’d love to share with everyone. This post will be especially helpful for first time resume writers, but there might be something in it for everyone. 

1. What is a Resume? 

A resume is a brief summary of your abilities, experience, and skills. It’s essentially a personal advertisement for your professional career, an opportunity to convince the employer that you are worth interviewing. 

  • The average employer will only take about 15-20 seconds to read your resume.
  • It’s important that your resume is neat so the reader can find important information quickly. 
  • Limit the resume to one page. 
  • Standard font size is 11-12, but you can play with the font or margins to fit everything. 

2. Headings 

  • Start with your personal information at the top of the first page (name, address, phone number, and email address). 
  • Keep the header centered and your name on top in BIG LETTERS.

3. Education 

  • If you are still in school or have little professional experience, this will likely be the first section in your resume. 
  • Document your education and graduation year.
  • Include the location (city, state), but do not include the school address. 
  • If you attend a school with a College Preparatory Curriculum, you may list that as a bullet underneath. If you are taking Honors or AP classes (or an international equivalent), feel free to list that as well. 

4. Professional Experience 

  • List your work experience in reverse chronological order - start with your most recent experience, and work backwards. 
  • Include the employer name, city, state, and position title for each. Again, no addresses.
  • Record your dates of employment consistently, using a format like June 2016 - August 2015, or 6/15 - 8/15. Staying consistent will make your resume professional. 
  • Place current jobs in the present tense, past jobs in the past tense. 
  • Write short phrases, not full sentences (”performed experiments”, not “I performed experiments”). Start each description with an action word that describes your skills, responsibilities, or accomplishments. 
  • Make sure you are specific about your responsibilities and don’t undersell yourself!

5. Skills 

  • Most commonly listed skills are computer programs and softwares you are comfortable with, and languages you are fluent/proficient in. 
  • Be honest! If you say you’re fluent in Spanish and you’re not, but your employer hires you for your Spanish abilities…. someone isn’t going to be pleased. 
  • List skills that are relevant to your job - patience might be a good skill for working with children, while organized might be more suitable for an office setting. 

6. Honors & Awards/Extracurriculars

  • List any honors or awards you have earned, including a brief explanation if the nature of the award is unclear. 
  • List any activities that you have been involved in, making sure to include years of participation (again, be consistent with formatting). These can be in-school or outside-of-school activities.

7. General & Miscellaneous

  • Some safe fonts: Times New Roman, Garamond, Calibri, or Book Antiqua.
  • Make sure your email is professional! This has been repeated to death but it’s so, so, so important. 
  • Likewise, if you list your personal cellphone number, make sure your voicemail message is appropriate. When in doubt, just revert back to the standard voicemail greeting. 

I hope this was helpful for anyone just starting out with their resume. Please share this for those who need it. Best of luck! 

- Ellie 

A lot of people think that languages degrees can be a bit pointless, but I think that this is mostly down to them not realising just how many different fields of work that you can go into just because you’ve studied languages to a high level. So I am writing this post to showcase just some of the amazing opportunities that a degree in languages, or even just the study of languages, can give you. 


An undergraduate degree in a language can just be the start of your education. After graduating, you have the opportunity to go on to do a postgraduate degree, or gaining a graduate diploma. Some people devote their entire lives to their own education and end up employed by universities or as researchers. 


This is the one that everyone thinks about. So many people whine ‘but I don’t want to be a teacher’ but there are some crazy souls out there that are passionate about the education of others and are drawn to being a teacher. This could be in primary schools, secondary schools, lecturing in universities or being a tutor. Just because you don’t fancy the idea of teaching tiny tots, doesn’t mean that you won’t thrive when lecturing to a room full of adults who are eager to learn. 


Being an interpreter is a high-pressure job. You have to translate the spoken word continuously or even simultaneously from one language to another. Interpreters are needed in so many different walks of life; from court rooms to hospitals, from deprived areas where charities work to standing in front of world leaders. 


In a general, being a translator is an art form. Especially when it comes to translating books or other creative outlets, a translator can spend a full morning pondering over the exact meaning of a specific word. Again, if you are translating important documents for a business, a courtroom or an International Committee then it’s high-pressure to make sure that everything is perfect. A challenge, with a fantastic reward. 


All of these industries are crying out for translators. Thanks to 24/7 media, our world has gotten so small. But it’s only with the help of people who are skilled in languages that we are still able to communicate with each other, to share information and collaborate. 


Using languages to work in the entertainment industry can be exceptionally helpful, especially when it comes to sharing the videos with the wider world. Language learners can get jobs in the media writing subtitles, assisting in creating dubs in other languages or on-screen translating into sign language. 


It goes without saying that an industry which specialises in the enjoyment of other countries and cultures would really benefit from language learners. Tour guides, travel agents, or even airline staff can all use multiple languages in their day-to-day life.


Our world is filled with disasters; whether that’s terrorism or natural events. People who are able to communicate in others languages are always needed to help with international relations and pull people together during disasters; whether that’s on the ground or in government making the tough decisions. 


Language learning can provide you with a fantastic range of skills that realistically can be applied to any job at all. Memory skills, good communication, problem solving and diplomacy are all improved by foreign language. So even if you don’t want to have a full languages degree, just taking a class in language can really enhance your CV.
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