Hawkeye Community College Blog

Hawkeye Community College Blog

Returning to College? Ask This Question First.

Posted by Jason Streed on Nov 3, 2014 12:18:02 PM

question_markGoing back to school is both exciting and a bit stressful. 

Exciting because you look forward to learning new skills and getting a career-boost.

Stressful because you have plenty on their plate already. Adding homework and studying to their normal job and family to-do list? Oh, my.

Ironically, that goes double if you started college at some point but left without a degree. If your first attempt didn't exactly end with a win, what will happen this time?

Here's the good part. You're coming back with a new toolkit, with experience, skills, and a maturity you didn't have the first time around. You can succeed.

Before you start, however, you must answer a basic, but not obvious, question first. You don't have to answer it alone; a career center or admissions office can help - go ahead and contact them to set up an appointment.

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Topics: goal setting, college planning

5 Tips for a Quality Cover Letter

Posted by Rachel Evans on Sep 23, 2014 2:05:00 PM

Cover letters and resumes are buddies, like peanut butter & jelly or Abercrombie & Fitch; each may be okay alone, but make much more of an impression when together. Ultimately, you should always submit a resume with a cover letter. Why? A one page cover letter helps introduce an employer to who you are and why you are a good fit for the job. Here are 5 tips for a quality cover letter. 

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Topics: Cover Letters

Get Connected! How Networking Can Help in Your Job Search

Posted by Rachel Evans on Aug 26, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Without a doubt, you have heard the old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” To a degree this is still true. Granted, you need to have the skills and qualifications to be a good fit for a job, but knowing people who might be able to assist in your job search certainly can make things a little easier.

When you hear the word “networking,” do you think of stuffy business gatherings? It doesn’t have to be that way. The best part of the networking process is, whether you realize it or not, you participate every single day! In general, simply chatting with people means you are networking to some degree. Now, you just need to know how to control it and learn how networking can help in your job search.

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Choosing a Program? Contact a Teacher!

Posted by Jason Streed on Aug 12, 2014 2:48:45 PM

It’s great to have options, right? From pizza toppings to college majors, we all like choices.

Sometimes, though, there are too many choices, or you don’t know enough about them to decide. When it’s just a pizza, that's one thing . . . but when your career is at stake? That can bring your goals to a hard stop.

If there are a half-dozen "business" programs, or if you don’t know what “CNC” actually means, choosing the best option can be stressful and full of doubt.

There’s an easy way to solve this problem: expert help.

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Topics: college planning

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 3:06:00 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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Topics: Liberal Arts, Transfer Program

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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