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Resumés that make the phone ring

October 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Dave Stakebake GCU Career Services After almost a decade of experience working as a recruiter and now career adviser, I have seen a fair share of resumés cross my desk. After all this time, it is still difficult to hear a job seeker say he or she has spent hours on their resumé, but isn’t attracting interview offers.  Hopefully, my top five tips will get you on the right track and keep your phone ringing. Tip #1: Organize and make the resumé easy to read Recruiters only spend 10 to 20 seconds scanning a resumé looking for specific pieces of information pertinent to the position for which they are hiring. Headings should be clearly defined and the content informative (especially the top one-third of the document). Bullet points are good, but no more than three different styles. Recruiters are more likely to read a few bullets than a lengthy paragraph. Certain words, such as your name, headings, university attended, companies or position titles, should be in boldface to guide the reader through the document. Tip #2: Summary over objective Use a summary statement rather than an objective. An objective is a statement of the position you want and the employer you […]

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GCU students profit from Stock Market Challenge

October 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Eight GCU business students participated Thursday night in Junior Achievement of Arizona’s Stock Market Challenge and got valuable insights into the business of buying and selling. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and one of them was so taken by the experience he said it confirmed his belief that this is his future. GCU Today has the story.

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Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, dean of GCU’s College of Education, discussed the Lopes Leap to Teach Initiative with Arizona K-12 school leaders Wednesday on campus. (Photo by Alexis Bolze)
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New program addresses Arizona’s teacher needs

October 29, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

On Wednesday, Grand Canyon University announced its Lopes Leap to Teach program, a joint effort through the College of Education and office of Strategic Educational Alliances to address Arizona’s teacher shortage. The program will include efforts like a clinical practice expo and networking event in January where Arizona schools can recruit GCU students who’ve recently completed student-teaching assignments, or link up with students and alumni that need to complete practicum hours in local classrooms.

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"I did it!" Nearly 1,900 graduates of Grand Canyon University attended Saturday's two commencement ceremonies in the Arena, putting the cap on years of hard work and perseverance.
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Commencement a magical time for 1,900 GCU grads

October 25, 2014 / by / 5 Comments

Grand Canyon University’s non-traditional commencement ceremony returned to campus and to the more spacious GCU Arena on Saturday. The extra seats were a blessing as family members and friends of nearly 1,900 online students for morning and afternoon ceremonies.

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Career Services Student Worker of the Month: Brenda Lara

October 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services   You would never know that Brenda Lara is the first person in her extended family to go to college. The October Student Worker of the Month is double-majoring in Justice Studies and Psychology, she is a member of the Honors Institute and vice president of the Lopes Justice Society, and she holds down a student worker position as a peer mentor in the Center for Learning and Advancement. With her parents as her motivation, Lara heeded the advice of friends, family, instructors and her former high school teachers who all encouraged her, “You can do it.” When she’s not planning Saturday hikes for the Lopes Justice Society, she’s organizing speakers and preparing for regional competitions. She has provided solidarity and consistency in a department that recently has seen a lot of change, said Brianna Boling, Lara’s hiring manager. “I nominated Brenda because she has been amazing through all of this change,” Boling said. “At one point, there were five students studying abroad, and she had all their lives in her hands. And she took care of all of them. “She’s the ultimate ambassador for all of these programs,” Boling added. Lara’s dream job is working […]

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Personalities make a difference in the workplace

October 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services In the workplace, understanding that people are different — from their communication, learning and leading styles to their strengths, weaknesses and personalities — can help employees learn to work together toward common goals. At some point in your education or career, you may have taken a personality test, such as Myers-Briggs. It rates people on their: Extroversion (outer world) vs. Introversion (inner world) Sensing (focus on basic information) vs. Intuition (interpret and add meaning to information) Feeling (consider people when making decisions) vs. Thinking (utilizing logic to make decisions) Perceiving (staying open to new ideas) vs. Judging (making hard and fast decisions) After taking the test, you will be placed into one of 16 groups, such as INFP (Introvert, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving) or ESTJ (Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking, Judging). Not only is it a good idea to understand your own personality, you also may want to create a “Type Table” that maps the personalities of everyone on your team. That way, tasks can be delegated more efficiently, and the team members’ strengths and weaknesses can be maximized. Understanding each other’s personalities can help in a variety of areas. For example, there are significant differences in […]

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GCU inks med school partnership with Midwestern

September 18, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Through a series of articulation agreements, Grand Canyon University has developed a system to place as many as 66 graduates each year into Midwestern University medical school and other health care programs.

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Gaby Valdivieso has had a great time at "The Happiest Place on Earth" but has learned a lot, too.
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GCU cultures interns in character, teamwork, success

August 14, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The number of interns from Grand Canyon University has grown dramatically in the last year, and the goal is to triple the program’s size by 2015.

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Daily Dose of STEM blog

August 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Today brings you a Daily Dose of STEM-related information to summarize how Grand Canyon University’s academic programs are being designed for the future.

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