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10 Must-Follow Steps for Creating the Perfect Resume

Finding a job is a lot hard work!

*Originally published on UVU Women’s Success Center’s Blog: read the full post here

Frustration and disappointment tends to ensue after spending hours of boring monotonous work searching for a job. Finding a job is a lot hard work that can take months to achieve! On top of it all, all this work is before making any money! Look, I’ve been there. So, let me help you out with a difficult but crucial part of getting a job, the resume.

I’ve looked through lots of resumes and I’ve been amazed at how awful some can be! Avoid disaster, and follow my 10 steps to create your perfect resume.

Step 1. Write out your Personal Information

The easiest way to start a resume is simply by typing. Don’t worry about format or anything; we will get to that later. Just start by typing up your personal information. Why? Because it’s the easiest part!

The following information needs to be on your resume:

  • First and last name: Yes, I’ve been given a resume with no name. Your name should be the largest thing on the page so an employer easily identifies who they are considering for the position.
  • Current phone number: Make sure it’s a number that an employer can easily get ahold of you at. Don’t make the same mistake I’ve made of putting an old number that you no longer have access too.
  • Address: If you don’t feel comfortable putting your address, simply put your city and state.
  • Email: I feel like it should be obvious but apparently, it’s not. Put a professional email address! Do not use runningman45@whatever.com. It looks so amateur! Use an email that is your first and last name like james.sullivan@whatever.com.
  • Add a link to your updated LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have one, create one!

 


Mental Illness: You Need To Understand Them Before Judging Them

*Originally published on Consumer Health Digest: read the full post here

It was high school, I was sitting in the counseling office waiting to meet with an adviser about graduation. I could overhear a blond girl in my grade talking to the woman at the front desk about her struggling attendance. The girl explained that she was exhausted all the time and couldn’t wake up until late every afternoon.

I don’t know what was causing this issue for the girl. But, I shamefully remember listening to her while thinking, “What a lazy person. Who struggles that with that much sleep? Why on earth would she throw away her high school degree to sleep?

Someone needs to grow up and face responsibilities.” It was too easy to judge what I didn’t understand! However, little did I know, I was going to eventually understand her whether I wanted to or not.

As I got into my twenties, I noticed that life became more of a struggle. I was soon institutionalized and diagnosed with chronic depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder. That is when I consequently had to face the reality that my life wouldn’t ever be the same.

I went from looking down on those that wrestled with mental illness to being one of them. Now having this perspective, here are five facts that would have helped me to understand mental illness before making judgments.


Are You a Broke and Busy College Student? Here Are 18 Quick Ways to Show Your Appreciation This Veterans Day

*Originally published on UVU Women’s Success Center’s Blog: read the full post here

There is a swelling within my heart when I think of all the men and women who have, or are currently serving our country. I often wish there was more I could do to show my support, especially around this time of year with Veterans Day and Thanksgiving in the air. With as often as I think about doing something to show my support, how often do I actually do it? Hardly ever! I tend to get overwhelmed by not knowing how to help. As a poor and busy college student, it’s hard to find time to volunteer somewhere, and donating money is out of the question.

I felt that if I knew of simple and easy ways to show my appreciation to those currently serving, veterans, and their families, then I’d be more likely to act. So, I hopped online, did my research, and found 18 realistic ways to show your thanks to those who sacrificed so much for our freedoms.

Donate Items That Normally Get Thrown Away

Going through cleaning checks? Instead of throwing things away, or giving used items to Deseret Industries, see if it is something that can be donated to organizations dedicated to helping past and present service members. Here is a list of items that can be donated today:

  •  Halloween Candy – Have left over candy from a party? Send it to those serving oversees.  
  • Used or Broken Cell Phones – Instead of tossing that old or broken phone, send it to Cell Phones For Soldiers.
  • Ink Cartridges – Operation Shoebox collects used or new ink cartridges.
  • Fabric and Quilting Material – Have any random fabric or quilting supplies you are never going to use? Donate them to Quilts of Honor.
  • Paperback Books – Donate used paperback books to Operation Paperback.
  • Women’s Business Apparel – Not enough closet space? Give gently used work-appropriate women’s clothing, handbags, shoes, or jewelry to Dress for Success.
  • Wedding Dress – Don’t know what to do with a used wedding dress, jewelry, veil, or special occasion dress? Donate it to a military bride through Brides Across America.

The Problem With Optimism

*Originally published on Beating Eating Disorders: read the full post here

Despite my depression I have always thought of myself as an optimistic person, until the day my therapist told me to stop…

People who seem to be the happiest are those that are the most optimistic. Because of this, there is a lot of push to be optimistic.

Now, I’m not saying that optimism is a bad thing but it is a problem. A problem because, like me, most people do it wrong.

While in the eating disorder treatment center I kept putting on a happy face. I wanted to get to know and be their for everyone. I mean, we were all in this together right? Wrong, it wasn’t girls camp. I was their to help myself and I wasn’t doing anyone, especially myself, any favors by pretending to be fine when I wasn’t.

The truth of the matter was that I didn’t want to face painful emotions. I didn’t want to admit that I wasn’t okay. I didn’t want people to see me cry. I was horrified and full of shame at myself. How could I let other people see that? How could I let myself see it?


8 Secrets to Balance Your Life

Finding balance is a constant learning process.
The biggest thing to remember is to be patient with yourself.

*Originally published on UVU Women’s Success Center’s Blog: read the full post here

I felt unbearably claustrophobic even though I was sitting alone in a dark room. My breathing was faster than normal with quick short breaths over and over, never taking in enough air. Exhaustion filled every part of my body and I knew that no amount of sleep would make it go away. My life had become a marathon through thick, sticky, black tar, and the harder I tried to push forward, the more entangled and stuck I became. As I laid on my bed choosing to give up the metaphorical race, I felt as though I was drowning in tar as my life came crashing down around me.

Yep, that was me… having a total breakdown.

Look, I had a total breakdown. Actually, let’s be honest, I had a lot of breakdowns during that time period. Why? For a lot of reasons, but one of the big causes was the fact that I couldn’t manage my life. I never had enough time in the day to complete everything that needed to be done. The more I tried to juggle everything on my to-do list, the more I dropped the ball. It wasn’t until I had a total breakdown and had to start from scratch putting my life back together piece by piece, that I learned how to truly succeed at finding actual balance in my life. Here are eight discoveries I made on my “finding balance journey” (aka breakdown) that no ever told me before I got to that point:


6 Essential Points for Understanding Depression

*Originally published on A Beautiful Mind 4 Me: read the full post here

I have known for years that I struggle with depression, but it is still hard to believe. I never wanted this. I grew up seeing people struggle and I was negatively affected by it. I told myself that I would never be like them so as not to also hurt those around me. Like most people, I did not understand depression. 

1 – Depression is very common mental illness so learn more about it to help us out.

I know I am not alone in depression because  14.8 million American adults also struggle with depression. Every single person’s depression is different but they all have common elements. There is so much that people close to me don’t understand about depression. So, when they get hurt, assume, judge, or even try to help it can end up hurting both of us.

2 – Despite what you may think, a positive person can struggle with depression. 

I am a genuinely positive and happy person. Because of this, many people are surprised that I struggle with depression. There are two reasons for this:

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