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Three tips to make your resume stand out

’Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions such as embracing a healthier lifestyle, going back to school, getting out of debt, or pursuing a new job.

If you are one of the many hoping to get a career boost this year, Julie Goley, Director of Career Services at Georgia Regents University, suggests the following makeover tips for your resume:

  1. Know your audience. Consider studying the work environment of your potential employer first to avoid having your resume completely rejected. Write about what you bring to the table that makes you the best candidate for that environment. So, while there is nothing wrong with having a creative resume, focus more on the content. Furthermore, many companies today prefer applicants to submit their resumes online, eliminating the need for special trends and tricks on a printed resume.
  2. Tell your story. No one can tell your story better than you, and the cover letter is still the best place to share accomplishments that will show how you will add value to the company. Target the section reserved for your professional experience to not only list your work history, but add in a few sentences highlighting those roles that are unique to your skill set.   Be sure to also include buzzwords that your next employer values. This will help highlight the impact of your work.
  3. Never stop updating. As you reflect on your career accomplishments this year, be sure to add this new information to your resume. Even if you are not actively searching for a new position, keep your resume current. This will not only help you focus on the work that is getting you results, but it is a great way to keep track of your successes.


Career Services and Advising to offer one-stop shop

Career Services and AdvisingStudent advising on the Summerville Campus will have a new look this school year as academic advising and career services have been combined into one area on the second floor of University Hall.

“We will have all of our advisors for academic advisement and career services in one centralized area, making it easier and consistent for the students, ” Julie Goley, Director of Career Services, said.

Previously, academic advisors were in departments around the campus and a change of majors could cause a lot of confusion. But now, all first- and second-year students will use the same department.

“It will be one centralized source for advisement where we follow up with students to see how they are doing and to provide support if they are have having problems,” Goley said. “Our student engagement model will focus on getting them conditioned to what the college expects from them and connect them to the campus services to help them.”

The department is also bringing new software online to help make the process even more seamless.

4 Years 4 U formed to address costs

As the pressures of tuition increases and student loan interest rates continue to compound, GRU is taking the lead to help students prepare and be aware of the benefits of completing an undergraduate degree in four years.

“Our new program, 4 Years 4 U, is focused on showing students how important it is to graduate in four years and how it can be done,” said Julie Goley, Director of Career Services. “We are starting with the new student orientation sessions that begin in early June.”

The logic is simple: money matters.

“Currently the interest rate on a Subsidized Direct Loan is 3.4 percent, but it is scheduled to go back up to 6.8 percent on July 1,” Goley said. “With the increased interest rates, students can expect to pay $8,000 to 10,000 more a year for each additional year of coursework beyond the four-year period.  Two years of additional coursework will equal approximately half of the annual earnings a new graduate can expect in their entry-level position upon graduation.”

Starting this fall, students will be able to participate in a pledge program to commit to a timely four-year completion, according to Goley.  Freshmen will sign an agreement to participate, pledging to take at least 15 credit hours each fall and spring to ensure completion of the 124 credit hours required of most undergraduate degree programs.

The program correlates with recent changes to GRU’s advising program, which will focus on students’ progress much more over the first two years. The new Centralized Advising Office will work with all students for their first two years to ensure they are on schedule  and refer to appropriate supports when needed.

“Academic departments will be coordinating four-year course maps to help students better understand their matriculation plan as it relates to registration each term,” said Dr. Carol Rychly, Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs. “These coordinated efforts are critical to ensure students have the resources needed to adequately plan and commit to a four-year timeline for degree completion.”

The 4 Years 4 U program is a critical component of the Complete College Georgia initiative launched by Gov. Nathan Deal to address higher education completion across the state.  By 2020, over 60 percent of jobs in Georgia are expected to require a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree. Presently, approximately 42 percent of the state’s young adults are prepared at this level, according to Goley.

To prepare students for these jobs, GRU must graduate more students and do so in an efficient, cost-effective way. The state’s comprehensive research universities have an average graduation rate of 73.2 percent and currently, the GRU undergraduate graduation rate is 26 percent.

“The 4 Years 4 U program is a critical component in our ability to measure our success as an institution,” said Dr. Roman Cibirka, Vice Provost of GRU. “In fact, the University System of Georgia is implementing a performance-based funding model that will include graduation rate as a measure of success and thereby perhaps influence the allocation of resources.  Although the pledge begins with coordinated efforts by the Advisement Office, it is truly a comprehensive initiative of all academic program faculty at GRU to ensure its success.  If our students commit to the program, we are committed to seeing them succeed in timely degree completion.”

For more information, visit www.gru.edu/4years4u/index.php.

GRU’s Rotaract Club, Career Services and the Augusta West Rotary partner for job shadowing opportunity

GRU Career Services partnered with Augusta West Rotary Club to provide job shadow opportunities to over 40 university students.  Many students joined the Rotarians for their weekly luncheon meeting and to hear guest speaker Tony Robinson, Professor in the Hull College of Business.

The job shadow opportunities ranged from small business entrepreneurship, fundraising, accounting, law, financial services, banking, engineering, IT and various medical fields.

GRU students had the opportunity to explore fields of interest and experience a typical day in their profession of choice.  Over 100 students indicated an interest in the program.  Pam Lightsey, Advisor for Rotaract and member of Augusta South Rotary, plans to encourage other clubs in the area to participate and expand the program next year to encompass a week of job shadow opportunities to better accommodate student demand and class schedules.

For more information please contact Julie Goley or Anthony Holland, GRU Career Services 706-737-1604 or  Pam Lightsey, JagCard Manager at 706-840-2087, plightsey@gru.edu




Pam Lightsey

2010-13 Augusta State University Rotaract Advisor

2009-13 Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy board member and PR Chair

2012-15 Georgia Rotary Student Program District Director

2012-13 Rotary Area Council member

2009-12 Assistant Governor District 6920

2009-12 Georgia Rotary Student Program Trustee

Proud member of Augusta South Rotary Club


GRU to host Career Expo

The Georgia Regents University Career Center will hold its annual Expo Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at the Christenberry Fieldhouse on GRU’s Forest Hills Campus.

More than 50 organizations will be on hand, recruiting candidates for a variety of opportunities, including jobs as educators in school systems throughout Georgia and South Carolina, full and part-time employment, co-op, internship, and volunteer opportunities, as well as graduate and professional school programs.

Julie Goley, Director of GRU’s Career Center, says that the expos are designed to give students and alumni a “homefield advantage” to showcase their skills and abilities to employers who have a vested interest in hiring GRU students and graduates. “It’s a very tough and competitive job market,” Goley says. Georgia’s unemployment rate is now above eight percent.

”It’s important that students  present themselves professionally, confidently, and be very clear about what their strengths are in order to make a quick and solid first impression,” Goley adds. “Participants should show up prepared and be fully engaged in the process.”

For more information about the expo, call the GRU Career Center at 706-737-1604 or to view a list of participants, visit www.aug.edu/career_center.