Perfect Your Job Searching Skills

by South University 10 June 2014

As a recent graduate, you've gained new knowledge, a new understanding, and new skills that you're eager to show off. Still, finding a job that will put your new degree to use takes time and effort. Improve your chances of landing your ideal job by perfecting the way you search, apply, interview, follow up and complete work on a day to day basis.

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As you're searching

• Network to find the most appropriate positions for your new skills
• Search sites that specialize in the kind of work you are now trained to do, including professional associations and specialized job boards
• Apply to work for the organizations you admire most and the organizations they interact with

When you apply

• Tailor your resume to each position you apply for by using words that reflect the mission, culture and goals of the organization
• Individualize every cover letter to the unique circumstances of your application, including the reasons you are applying with the organization and how you found out about the position
• Research each opportunity thoroughly so you don’t waste time applying for jobs that aren’t right for you

Before you have an interview

• Practice often with as many different people as possible
• Rehearse your answers to difficult questions
• Acquire the right attire to present yourself at your professional best
• Bring extra copies of your resume and portfolio, if applicable
• Prepare before each interview by refreshing your understanding of the organization, the position, the challenges you may face and the contributions you can make if hired

After you've had an interview

• Individualize your correspondence to reflect your understanding of the organization, the position and the interview<
• Provide additional information or work samples promptly if requested
• Use the names and titles of people you meet during the interview whenever possible
• Proofread your correspondence for grammar, spelling, punctuation and professionalism

While you're working

• Keep track of the organizations you would like to work for in the future
• Record your achievements and the contributions you make in each new position or role with your new employer

By doing these things, you can find the right role for your future in even less time and put your hard-earned knowledge to work!

Students & Alumni Speak about the South University Community

by South University 6 June 2014

At South University, we pride ourselves on cultivating an engaging, supportive community in which every student can grow and thrive. Between admissions representatives, finance counselors, academic counselors, instructors and even classmates, our students always have someone to turn to when they need a helping hand. Although we have much to say about the important roles these people play, our students and alumni explain it best.

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In the Words of Our Students & Alumni

The professors are caring and friendly; they went out of their way to assist students, and the tutoring center was always there to assist students with any course.
- Antonina Carollo, Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, 2012 Graduate

I created a bond with some of my classmates due to the fact we had multiple classes together. That bond helped with group projects, and made the class a little easier. You had a familiar person to share the same experience with.
- Shirmia Artis, Bachelor of Science in Health Science, 2012 Graduate

The instructors at South University, Online Programs are available to students via phone and internet to answer questions, solve problems, and discuss progress in classes. When contacting instructors, they are welcoming of questions and encouraging.
- Larissa Bair, Master of Science in Nursing, 2012 Graduate

The cohort I am in has been together since the beginning. We have been able to watch each other grow and evolve into wonderful beginner nurse educators. Throughout the entire program we have had wonderful, enlightening discussions.
- Keah Allen, Master of Science in Nursing, 2013 Graduate

The staff I’ve been blessed to have come onto my path have been so very genuine and authentic. They have listened to me and very respectfully have given me professional insight and helped set me up for success. They have worked hard and I know from the tone of their voices and the words they use that they are genuine about assisting me when I need it and offering supportive encouragement.
- Sherri Williams, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Current Student

South advisors, no matter what, are there for you to help you get through anything that is going on in life, not just in school.
- Sarah Hargis, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Current Student

There are people out there that I consider my friends and professional peers who I may never have met in person but have influenced a significant part of my professional career development, this includes faculty and students.
- Sandra Ross, Master of Science in Nursing, 2012 Graduate

What really impressed me was the staff and their willingness to understand life situations and the imperfections we all have and then work with each of us on an individual. From the beginning of the initial process of enrolling all the way down to graduation day, South University has been like an extended family. The motivation from the staff and the instructors are the reason for my success and will be as I further reach my goals in life. South University made me a stronger person and showed me that it is never too late in life to reach your dreams.
- LaKisha Silva, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, 2012 Graduate

Learn more about South University, Online Programs today!

10 Quick Tips to Make Your Voice Heard at the Office

by South University 29 May 2014

Having the ability to state your opinions, wants and needs is a mark of true professionalism and a critical career skill. Nothing beats assertiveness for commanding respect, strengthening your influence and helping you perform your best in the workplace. Assertiveness is an art of sorts, involving open, direct and honest communication, and helping to ensure that your opinions and ideas are heard.

Make Your Voice Heard

Learning to be assertive isn't hard, but it does take some practice. Here are a few good tips that will help you in the workplace and can even translate to other areas of your life.

1. Understand that being assertive shows professionalism and is different from being pushy and arrogant.

2. Calmly state (and re-state, as needed) your opinions and don't give in to arguments.

3. Say “No” when it is warranted. On the other hand, say "Yes" when someone else has a great idea.

4. Don't blame. Ask instead, "How can we do this differently or in a way that might work better?"

5. Accept blame when something is your fault and look for ways to do better next time.

6. Do not expect to always get your way in work dealings, but always state your opinion and why you feel this way.

7. Be open to discussing work issues or problems and finding the best solution, even if it makes you uncomfortable.

8. When criticized, objectively consider the statement and decide if it warrants modifying something in your demeanor or habits.

9. Control your temper. Sure, telling your boss off for perceived wrongs can feel great, but it doesn’t do much for future career aspirations. Take time to calm down; excuse yourself and go to the bathroom, or take a short walk before continuing the discussion.

10. Understand that you are a vital part of your work team and that your ideas are important to your colleagues and your organization.

Being assertive in your occupation will help further your career and can make you happier and more self-assured. Additionally, people with exceptional assertiveness skills are often considered highly valued employees. An assertive and professional demeanor is key to advancing in your chosen path, and can help employers and your peers see your natural leadership abilities.

3 Ways to Build Rapport with Patients

by South University 27 May 2014

As a nurse or other caregiver, you likely spend a significant amount of time with your patients. While doctors might get a good chunk of the glory, you're the one who checks on them, keeps up on their medication and performs other essential tasks. Because of your career, you may already command respect and trust; for the past 12 years, Americans have ranked nursing as the top profession for honesty and ethics via an annual Gallup survey.

Nurse with PatientWith the level of contact you have with your patients, building a rapport with them can offer big benefits, including helping you increase their quality of care and making your job easier.

Building trust and familiarity with your patients can make them feel more comfortable and be more honest when talking you with about their health. In addition, once you understand a patient’s personality, you’ll be better positioned to note changes that may be indicative of health problems as well as know how to keep the patient cooperative and in good spirits.

1. Communicate Often and Well

Effective communication is the foundation on which you can establish trust with your patients. You go through a getting-to-know-you phase with the patient that works much better if you can quickly establish a snapshot of their life, such as learning about their hobbies, friends, family, and their day to day activities and working environment. A major part of being a good communicator as a nurse is clearly educating patients on the various health challenges they are facing. Being a good listener is just as important – you should fully hear out all concerns and ask follow-up questions of your patient before arriving at any conclusion

2. Express Empathy

You need to be able to empathize with your patient without being emotionally overwhelmed yourself. You may have a lot on your mind, and the patient may not be the most pleasant person to be around--perhaps due to stress, pain, confusion, and other issues—but it's important that be mentally present while also not allowing let their issues or attitude to affect you emotionally. Your goal should be to relate while still having some walls between you and what the patient is going through. This also helps you make objective decisions while advocating for the patient.

3. Project Calmness

As a nurse, you want to come across as calm, competent, and in control of the situation. Your confidence helps to reassure the patient that all is as it should be. If a situation occurs that is frightening for the patient, they can remain calm, assured that you have it handled on their behalf.

Learn more about our programs in the area of nursing today!

Lynda.com now available from the online classroom

by South University 22 May 2014

Did you know that, as a South University student, you can get on-demand tutoring in the online classroom whenever you need it? No matter the time or day, academic support is available when you click the tutoring link in the top navigation of your classroom or the HELP button on the assignment page.

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On May 19, 2014, we added another exciting feature to the online classroom—direct access to Lynda.com—so that you have the full support you need to learn software skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.

Lynda.com offers on-demand video tutorials and training sessions, including over 2,400 courses taught by industry experts, with more added every week. Now, with just one click, you have unlimited access to an online library of high-quality instructional videos. Among the thousands of videos available, you can find engaging tutorials that allow you to review basic concepts, expand on course materials, or supplement your existing skills. With lynda.com, not only can you gain a better understanding of a diverse range of subjects, but you can also stay current with the latest technology trends and software.

Lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners and is available whenever you’re ready to learn. To access these tutoring services and others from any assignment page, click on the “Need Help” box on your assisgnment page. This will open a new window or tab (shown below) where you can access Lynda.com, live tutoring services, writing assistance and a variety of helpful software and computer tutorials. Select the lynda.com link from this page for instant access to their vast tutorial library.

If you have any questions about our tutoring or academic services, feel free to reach out to your Academic Counselor at any time! To learn more about South University, prospective students can request more information online or contact us at 1-888-444-3404.