Hawkeye Community College Blog

Hawkeye Community College Blog

What Employers Want to See on a Resume...and What They Don't!

Posted by Rachel Evans on Jul 22, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Employers and Human Resources professionals are busy people. Not only do they deal with the day to day operations of their business or company, but they also need to make time for filling vacated or new positions. This takes a lot of time, energy, and money. Whether it is via online application, email, or regular mail, resumes flood their offices. Hiring managers know what kind of individuals they are looking for and expect to receive resumes of qualified candidates.

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The College Planning Timetable: What Adults Need to Know

Posted by Jason Streed on Jul 8, 2014 12:03:18 PM

Summer is a great time for grilling, gardening, softball games . . . and planning for college.

Even though adults can start college at any time, most plan to begin in the fall. Maybe it’s a holdover from our schooldays as children – the end of summer just says “back to school” to most of us.

Summer is perfect for making college plans, but it helps to get things moving as early as possible – ideally, at least four weeks before the semester begins. Here’s why.

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Topics: college planning

Ace That Interview: 6 Helpful Interviewing Tips!

Posted by Rachel Evans on Jun 24, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Congratulations! Your resume and cover letter have captured the employer’s attention and now you have landed the interview. The most important advice for a successful interview is to BE PREPARED. Make a huge impression on your interviewer(s) with these tips to help you ace that interview!

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Why Do I Have to Take Liberal Arts Courses?

Posted by Lisa Ciesielski on Jun 18, 2014 3:06:54 PM

We all have wondered why we have to take that one dreaded course. For some it may be a biology course and for others a history course. They wonder why they need to take the course when it has “nothing” to do with their intended career. But we all need to take the liberal arts courses defined by the college we attend.

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Become a Firefighter with These 5 Must-Do Things

Posted by JoAnna Nieman on Jun 5, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Becoming a firefighter is not an easy process, but being a firefighter is a rewarding process.

Get off to the right start of becoming a firefighter with these 5 must-do things.

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Six Ways to Make Your College Visit a Success

Posted by Jason Streed on Jun 3, 2014 2:13:00 PM

If you’re serious about attending a college, you need to visit the campus.

You can start your research with websites and viewbooks, but checking out campus in person will give you a whole different perspective. It helps to see classrooms, labs, resource offices, and common areas up close, and getting to know college staff personally is always valuable.

Here are some easy ways to make your visit a success.

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4 Ways to Maximize Your Summer Career Preparation

Posted by Rachel Evans on May 27, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Summer

Ah, summer…time for vacations, relaxing, and perhaps taking a break from school. Did you know it is also an excellent time to get prepped for your job search? Whether you are just beginning your planning or are in the thick of it, here are some tips to help maximize your summer career preparation.

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend Your College Orientation

Posted by Lisa Ciesielski on May 20, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Attending your college orientation is just one step to having a successful college experience.As an academic advisor part of my job is to help students at our college’s orientation. Lately I have been asked this question many times: Why do I need to attend my college orientation?

College Orientation: Step One in Success

In most cases the answer is yes! Orientation is the first step in a successful college experience. For those first-year students who are concerned about navigating campus, finding helpful contacts, completing the financial aid process, meeting other new students, learning about campus life, and much more.

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Keep Your Child from Getting Bored This Summer

Posted by JoAnna Nieman on May 15, 2014 10:30:00 AM

As summer quickly approaches, many parents are making plans for their children. While summer is great for a break from school and for family vacations, it is also a great time to keep kids active physically and mentally.  Keep your child from getting bored this summer and help them keep their mind sharp for school in the fall with a summer camp.

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5 Important Resources for Adult Students

Posted by Jason Streed on May 7, 2014 5:46:41 PM

As an adult student, you bring real strengths to the demands of college. Workplace experience, determination, and resilience are just a few of the qualities that adult students use to survive and thrive.

Even so, you might be nervous about returning to the classroom.

That’s okay! It’s natural, and everyone feels that way at first. Even if you’ve been to college before, stepping back into the world of tests, papers, labs, and projects can be intimidating.

Good news: colleges have resources to help adult students like you. College isn’t simply “sink or swim.” You have allies and services ready to support your goals.

Here are some important resources to help you succeed in college as an adult:

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