Category Archives: Student Support Services

Resume writing

I am certainly not the person you go to if you need help writing your resume because chances are I’ll tell you the wrong thing. Luckily, there is hope for all of us.

Today for my Business Communications class I have a mock interview – not too happy about it either -and we were told to have a cover letter, resume, and thank you letter. Now, I dreaded this because I had no idea how to write any of those things. I put it off and put it off until last night while I was watching “Sleeping Beauty,” it dawned on me that I still had to get that done. So I hopped onto Google and searched for examples of resumes and cover letters. Still, I was confused and probably too focused on the classic Disney movie, but I carried on with my search.resume panic

Finally, I came across a website called Resumehelp.com. All you have to do is choose what type of template you want, fill out the questions and voila, you got yourself a resume! It even gives you starting sentences and phrases to get your mind on a roll thinking about what else you could include about yourself. You can also do your cover letters and thank you letters on this website as well.

Thankfully, I am a dedicated advocate of the Google search, otherwise I would be a sitting duck right about now, complaining to you all about how I don’t have a hope in hell. I strongly advise checking out this website if you are struggling in the resume writing department, it definitely saved me time and a panic attack!

 Editor’s Note: Be sure you work with your Student Services Career Counselors Heather DiLalla in Media (Hdilalla@pit.edu) and Stan Williams in Center City (stanley.williams@pit.edu) for help with your resume, cover letters, and all your job placement assistance!

Meet Student Services – Garrison Lockley

garrison lockleyJust because it’s a new year, doesn’t mean I forgot about the interviews! Today’s interview was with Garrison Lockley, and if you don’t know who he is, I advise you to get to know him. Garrison is super nice, and is most definitely there for you if you need him for academic help. His office is located across the hall from the ARO on the main floor.

 

1. What or who made you the person you are today?

The person who influenced me is my mother Lisa Lockley. She is an educator and a Christian woman who has a compassionate heart and who desires to make a difference in the lives of others and in her community. Through my mother’s values, I have learned to give back to others who are need and help others try to reach their full potential educationally.

 

2. Explain what your job consists of on a day to day basis.

Here at P.I.T., I am an Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor/ Tutorial Coordinator. As an AS&FC, I am responsible for both associate degree and certificate students in health-related program areas (i.e. Health Science, Allied Health, Practical Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and all School of Professional Programs). My daily responsibilities can include:  monitoring my student caseload and grant related student attendance, mid-term and final grades, addressing student concerns and student referrals from teachers, conducting student appointments, and participating in special events such as pre-registration, student orientations, and May commencements.

In 2014, I was asked to become the Tutorial Coordinator here at P.I.T. As the Tutorial Coordinator, I am the contact person for students looking for supplemental tutoring. I interview and hire the Professional and Peer Tutors and monitor tutored students final grades to measure success of the tutoring program.

 

3. What was your major in college?

In 2002, I received my bachelor’s degree in History and later in 2007 I received my Masters in Education with a concentration in Secondary School Counseling from Widener University in Chester PA. In May 2015, I will be receiving my Masters in Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary which is affiliated with Eastern University.

 

4. Did you want to be anything else while you were growing up and going through your college career?

I always had a desire to be an educator whether it was in teaching or counseling young people. My second career choice would have been in sports management as an athletic director.

 

5. What is your weakness? Strengths?

My biggest weakness in life would be “doing too much.”  Every now and then, I need someone to help me with time management. I believe my strongest strength is my faithfulness and perseverance in all that is given or ask for to me to do.

 

6. What’s your favorite part of your job?

First, I just enjoy journeying with students pursuing their educational endeavors and dreams. Second, I appreciate my professional relationships with my P.I.T. staff and administration, and students.

 

7. Do you discover any challenges about your job?

There is not a semester that goes by that my heart doesn’t ache for students who experience a life crisis, but due to the lack of resources available to them, the end result is that they must withdraw from school to handle the situation. As an AS&FC, I am always trying to find human resources to help these students cope with their situations.

ABCs of the P.I.T. Library

    Welcome, or welcome back! You’ve survived placement testing, financial aid, registration, orientation, figuring out your commute, and possibly your first day of class. So, now what? Well, a good place to start is the Library. The Library is the place to be to study for classes, do your research, use a computer, and get the assistance you need to do all those things. The Library can also offer you options for your down time

   If you’re new around these parts, here are a few pointers to get you oriented:

  • If  you haven’t seen it yet, the P.I.T. Library is located in the former chapel…stained glass windows and all. It is a beautiful and inspiring place to study or do research.
  • The P.I.T. Library is located on the Media campus, adjacent to the Admissions Office. Turn left into the hallway just past the receptionist and the follow the ← arrow sign.
  • If you are a Media student, the Library is where you come to get your photo      ID card which also serves as your Library card.
  • Center City (CC) students are welcome to travel to the Media campus to use the Library (remember to bring your ID card with you).
  • ALL students have access to all of the Library’s electronic resources from our Online Library webpage from any computer on campus. For off-campus access, you need to pick up a copy of the passwords in the Library, the CC Student Resource Center, or contact the Librarian for a copy.
  • While we don’t maintain total silence in the Library, we do ask that you be      considerate of the other users and keep your conversations low. Our beautiful high ceiling does cause sounds to carry throughout the Library.
  • Media Students: If you and your friends want a place where you can talk about your project with less concern about disturbing other students, visit the Student Innovation Center located on the Mezzanine level of the Technology Center.
  • Want to take home books or DVDs? See the Librarian to check them out with your P.I.T. ID card.

   Still confused? The Librarian is available to assist by phone, e-form, email, or fax — or just stop on by the Library to speak to the Librarian. Can’t wait to meet you!

College Success Tips

Success in college involves more than just attending class and reading textbooks. To succeed in college, you need to plan ahead, be organized, and take advantage of all of the resources and services that your college has to offer you.

The following tips will help you make the most of your college experience!

Get to Know Your College

  • Visit your college’s website

Your college has its catalog online and every department will be represented on it or they may have their own websites to describe their services. Take responsibility for learning all you need to know to navigate through college.

  • Follow your college on social media

Many colleges participate in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, and other social media sites. Be sure to like and/or follow your college on their sites and to read their posts. These are great ways for you to find out what is happening at your college, share what you are doing at college, and share this information with your friends and family.

  • Familiarize yourself with the campus

Take an extensive tour of the campus. The Admissions Office often provides tours, but after you are enrolled feel free to roam the campus yourself. You may need to ask directions occasionally, but this is a great way to figure out the locations of specific classrooms or labs, the Library, the café, other study areas, computer labs, faculty offices, etc. You’ll also have a chance to meet a lot of the key people on campus!

Use Available Resources

  • Use the Library

Despite the availability of online information, use your college Library. It subscribes to otherwise unavailable journals and databases that will be invaluable to your studies. Book and media resources are also useful to your research.

Your college Library offers numerous services that will assist you. Perhaps the most important resource at your college Library is the Librarian(s). Ask them for assistance. They are experts at locating hard-to-find information.

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor early and often

Your Academic Advisor is usually a faculty member from your program of study. Make regular appointments with your academic advisor to discuss graduation requirements, program options, required and elective courses, and possible co-op or internship options.

  • Meet with your Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor regularly

Your Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor is available to provide educational counseling as well as counseling for personal development and financial literacy, including a clear understanding of the Satisfactory Academic Progress or SAP policy, to assist students in attaining academic success. Your Counselor will be your cheerleader, coach, and (as needed) taskmaster.

Students are encouraged to avail themselves of the services of an Academic Support and Financial Literacy. Time management, goal setting, and academic progress are reviewed regularly according to individual student needs.

  • Speak to a job placement counselor about your future

The job placement counselor can assist you as you prepare to find a job during school or after you graduate.

Career staff can assist you with cover-letter and resume writing, mock interviews, job leads for vacant positions, and reviewing application materials.

Make Smart Decisions

  • Learn your college’s rules and regulations

Take time to review your college’s academic integrity code, alcohol and drug policies, institutional regulations, and rules for your specific program. These are all available through your college’s website, often within the Student Handbook. Violations can result in warnings, failed grades, or expulsion.

Claiming “I didn’t know” doesn’t cut it in college. You will be expected to behave as an adult.

  • Maintain accurate records

Keep a file that contains hard copies of all college-related paperwork, including transcripts, placement test results, course syllabi, graded assignments (including papers, quizzes, and tests), financial aid information, grade reports, etc. You want your own “paper trail” in case online records are compromised.

  • Review and evaluate your online presence

Almost everyone has access to your online identity, including potential employers, landlords, scholarship committees, and others.

Select your privacy settings wisely, and think long and hard about what you post. You want to ensure that an online search does not reveal content that will damage your reputation or limit your opportunities.

Keep Your Safety and Security in Mind

  • Include I.C.E. numbers on your cell phone

Program your cell phone with “In Case of Emergency” (I.C.E.) numbers. Include the three people you want contacted in an emergency. Add the phone number of the office that handles your college’s safety and security issues. If you commute on public transportation, add their emergency security number to you contact list, too.

  • Guard against theft

Never leave textbooks, laptops, cell phones, chargers, keys, or anything of value unattended in a dining area, classroom, or library.

Take photos of valuable items and check with your insurance provide about your coverage in the event of theft, loss, or damage.

If you do lose something, notify the appropriate office on campus and check with lost and found. Hopefully, you’ll find the item wasn’t stolen, but rather turned in by someone who thought it was lost or abandoned.

  • Back up everything

Computers and thumb/USB drives get lost, stolen, or corrupted. Remember to back up all of your important documents on a cloud back-up system, an external drive, or by emailing yourself document attachments. If your college provides you with storage on the campus computer network, you can use that as another place to keep an extra copy of your documents.

Create Your Own Plan

  • Create your own customized academic plan with your Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor. You can even create a career plan by working with a career counselor.
  • Select a course of study that you find interesting and even challenging. Be sure that it provides appropriate and fulfilling career opportunities.
  • Develop a timeline for completing all of the required and elective coursework. Meet with your counselors on a regular basis to review and update the timeline as necessary.
  • Search out career-related internships and/or part-time jobs to gain experience and skills that will complement your major. Talk to the faculty in your program about internships that they know about.

Remember to include your internship(s) and part-time job(s) on your resume. Any good experience in your field is better than no experience when you search for a full-time job.

  • Improve your leadership skills by actively participating in student organizations and community service.
  • Make an effort to improve your writing, public speaking, and computer skills. These skills will serve you for your entire life and in all aspects of your life.