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Cookin’ Up a Great Resume

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I love to cook. But that goes without saying, I’m from Louisiana.  Cajun men cook!  Seriously, there was even a cookbook put out by a civic organization in Lafayette with that title (https://www.amazon.com/Cajun-Men-Cook-Experiences-Louisiana/dp/0964248603).  When I was in college I honed my cooking skills by volunteering to cook for the offshore crew that I worked with and then leveraged my newfound talents as a way to woo potential sweeties.  I guess you go with what ya got, eh?

Anyway, to learn to cook I watched a LOT of people work in the kitchen. I’ll bet I’ve seen gumbo made almost 100 different ways.  But each time I’d take a technique or ingredient and add it to my process.  I’m now happy to say that I’d put my gumbo up against the finest example you can get in any of South Louisiana’s restaurants (yes, that’s mine in the picture!)  It took a lot of trial and error to get there.  I would get lots of opinions.  Some I used, like adding potato salad when you serve it.  Others didn’t work for me…like adding okra!  But over time I was able to develop a signature dish that was all mine.

The same can be said of your resume…

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They Say I’m Cocky, And I Say, WHAT?

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If there was ever an “Alpha Male” it was my father-in-law.  Paul Patrick Stone was the type of man no one could ignore.  He had a big presence; physically and expressively.  When he showed up, things got busier.  Louder.  More raucous and animated.  When he left, things slowed down.  But he had a way of commanding a moment in a way that didn’t steal the spotlight, he just turned up the brightness a few degrees on everyone.

One of the things I loved about my father-in-law was his ability to do things.  Anything!  Seriously, the man could teach himself anything.  He was a self-taught engineer who built stuff; big stuff!  Boats, tanks, airplanes.  He taught himself to weld when his boat was leaky.  He taught himself to lay tile and build cabinets when his house needed sprucing up.  He could fix cars and create stained glass.  He was the rare artisan who was also an artist.

Never one to let his accomplishments go unnoticed, he was also fond of pointing out what he’d just done.

Damn Butcher, I know some s***!

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Workin’ On My Beard

beardOne of the most frequent comments I’ve heard from students this semester is that I have a beard.  After Spring semester finals I let it grow out and after a while I started digging it.  Those of you who know me will not be surprised that I like the contrary nature of growing my hair SOUTH of my nose instead of north of it…

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DO Something, DO Anything!

WTTM1Welcome to the Majors is one of my favorite days in the College.  Where else, in what other college, of ANY KIND, do you have to attend class in person when there’s over 1700 students in the class?!  We bill it as the “largest face to face class at UCF.” I’d argue it’s also one of the BEST!!

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Success in Three Simple Steps

This Friday our college hosts “Welcome to the Majors.” It’s a unique kick-off event that introduces students to the culture of our college.  I think it’s so important to a student’s success in our college that I require all students in GEB 3003 to attend.  Those who attend will get a LOT advice on how to make their time in our college productive.  Mostly I’ll talk about differentiating yourself through the choices you make.  Here’s three more tips:

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WHY?????????

I have to say that out of all the blogs submitted, this was my favorite.  Jessica perfectly captured the emotion of trying to figure out what to do for the rest of your life.  It isn’t an easy question to answer, so why would it be an easy class?  Good luck, Jessica.  I think you’re gonna do great!

Not once, not twice, not three times…If you are like me, you are now in your final course of the career professionalism series, GEB 4004. If you are also like me, you’ve been frustrated, confused, irritated (the list could go on and on). You’ve asked yourself time and time again…WHY!? Why am I required to take not only one of these classes but all four of what is seemingly the same class each semester. Each year I’ve fought this class and I’ve fought myself. Now, on the verge of graduation I can see, although these classes appear monotonous it’s all in the hope that each year something from these classes will stick. Perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned from my career professionalism experience is to plan. I can no longer be naïve and think the perfect job will somehow fall right into my lap. I wasn’t born knowing that I wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer. Finding a career to fit my interests requires a well-crafted plan, it requires research and requires trial and error. Thanks to the career professionalism courses I now have the tools to select a career that I know best fits my interests and passions instead of hoping I choose the right one based on luck.

 

Jessica Lucarelli

FML – Figuring out My Life (One major at a time…)

I am what some would call your “typical” college student, from studying biomedical sciences to computer programming to marketing. At first, I felt like I was incapable of doing anything right. Going from a straight A student to failing out of core classes left me feeling unintelligent and unmotivated. Eventually, I realized all those setbacks (failing Chemistry and barely getting through computer programming) were only pushing me down a different path, one I could walk along without falling on my face. Though I do not advise taking your sweet time figuring it out like I did, one extra year in college never hurt anyone (other than your bank account) and is not an embarrassment.

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What If…?

What if you knew what you would do for the rest of your life by the time you were 6?

What if you could only ask one question every year?

What if you had to start every job like Jason Bourne, not knowing who you are or how you got there?

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Getting the Experience You NEED!

During my first semester of college I decided to major in Accounting. I knew nothing about accounting, all I knew was that I was good at math and figured I would make a great accountant. Shortly after, I decided to land my first “professional” job working with an accountant.

 

Getting a job as a Junior Accountant was very hard considering a had no experience. I spent hours each day looking at websites like Craigslist and Indeed in hope that someone would respond to my email. Finally, I heard from multiple employers willing to interview me! Fast forward a couple of weeks later and I began my first day working for a CPA. How did an 18-year-old freshman manage to land a job that college seniors were applying for as well? Here are my tips on how to obtain the experience you need!

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