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Your Top 10 Hidden Skills Employers Are Looking For

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Source: Queen’s University Career Services

Employers look for a variety of skills in potential candidates. Depending on the job, these skills may be very technical in nature, but quite often include common “soft skills.” Many job seekers overlook highlighting their soft skills when applying for a job. The Purple Briefcase Blog discusses the value of your soft skills and how to highlight them during your job application.

According to Aol Jobs, the top 10 soft skills job hunters are looking for are:

  1. Strong Work Ethic
  2. Positive Attitude
  3. Good Communication Skills
  4. Time Management Abilities
  5. Problem-Solving Skills
  6. Acting as a Team Player
  7. Self-Confidence
  8. Ability to Accept and Learn from Criticism
  9. Flexibility/Adaptability
  10. Working Well Under Pressure

From personal experience, I’ve always found it useful to carefully review the job posting and job description before applying to a position. To make your application stand out, tailor your resume and cover letter based on the key words and skills employers include in their job posting. If all goes well, you should be prepared to tell hiring managers of how you have effectively used those skills in the interview.

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Why Do Students Have Academic Writing Assignments?

Why Do Students Have Academic Writing Assignments

Students become very familiar with academic assignments in post-secondary education. Whether it’s in the form of an essay, research, term, argumentative, or analytical paper, educators often assign this type of activity. Although some students may not enjoy academic writing, there are several beneficial traits they develop that contribute to academic success.

1. Critical Thinking

Students have an opportunity to enhance their critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to critically analyze an assignment and logically come up with a solution to achieve the highest mark. Over time, their skills and strategies are refined to enable them to critically think outside of school.

2. Memory

Physically writing information acts as a great memory aid for students. Often, when a student writes a paper in their own words, they will remember the information more efficiently. In addition, students who complete academic papers are more likely to remember the content in future tests/exams.

3. Decision Making

Working on assignments further improves students’ decision making skills. Students have to understand assignment requirements, plan their time, and submit the completed assigned before the deadline. These are all transferable skills significant in succeeding in the workplace.

4. Creative/Analytical Thinking

Various assignments, for example, argumentative papers, require a justification of a point or position. This develops creative thinking and analytical skills by evaluating information and developing a well-structured argument. Students learn how to express themselves in writing which is useful during interviews and job applications.

Are you convinced?

Did you realize how many skills were developed by completing academic assignments? Hopefully I have instilled greater appreciation and motivation for your academic writing.

Thanks for reading!

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Academic-Zone Attending 3rd Annual Educational Technology Summit

Academic-Zone Attending 3rd Annual Educational Technology Summit

Members of the Academic-Zone team will be attending the 3rd Annual Education Technology Strategies for K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Universities Summit on Tuesday February 26th and Wednesday February 27th 2013. The Education Technology Summit is “an exclusive forum that provides knowledge and insights for education technology professionals and educators on strategies to build 21st Century schools. Attendees will walk away with the tools they need to redefine the education and learning paradigms of their institution.” The conference is organized by Strategy Institute. Strategy Institute has been a facilitator of information sharing for over 15 years. They provide education decision-makers with the knowledge and tools they need to cultivate an engaged and creative learning environment for all Canadians.

This year’s agenda has a bountiful list of education leaders from across North America that will be speaking on education technology throughout the two day event. The main topics of discussion for this year’s conference are listed below.

Source 12 strategies to enhance teaching and learning:

  1. Redefine outdated teaching models to enhance personalized learning
  2. Bridge the transition gap to post-secondary education
  3. Embrace BYOD and build it into your curriculum to enable new learning opportunities
  4. Get a handle on your performance measurements through data analytics
  5. Improve learning outcomes through the integration of emerging technologies
  6. Secure faculty buy-in with effective professional development tactics
  7. Leverage the interactive value of social media to create a connected classroom
  8. Enable peer-learning and class-collaboration time with flipped classrooms
  9. Source scalable and cost-effective solutions to your education technology deployments
  10. Innovate how you teach and engage students with game-based learning methodologies
  11. Support new learning environments for your students with MOOCs
  12. Make the case to fund your technology deployment projects under tight budgets

Click on the following link for more information:

Education Technology Summit Website
Education Technology Summit Online Brochure
Strategy Institute Website