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Your Resume Matters

by South University
September 3, 2015

MariKathryn E. Arnold
Career Services Advisor

Why Your Resume Matters

In 2012, Forbes reported that the typical recruiter will only take an average of 6.25 seconds to look at your resume before deciding to consider you as a candidate for a job. A few years prior, 30 seconds was the average time for review. With this decrease in time, it’s important to understand how to make your resume stand out. When it’s time to make your resume matter, consider the following:

Write for your audience

Understanding what recruiters are looking for before sending out your resume is a key aspect to grab a recruiter’s attention. In the first 6.25 seconds, recruiters want to know if you are a prime candidate for their open position. Therefore, your first question is, how do you make the recruiter continue to read your resume? Your relevant experience and education should be at the top of the page. Your current position should show your experience level. When did you start and how long have you been there? What are your accomplishments? They’ll scan your previous positions, so try to make them as relevant as possible and avoid big gaps of time in-between. A resume that demonstrates to the recruiter that you are relevant, loyal and consistent, will tend to be the one that lands you an interview.

You are your resume

First impressions are important, and you only get one! It’s important to take the extra time to make sure that it is consistent and error-free. A resume with misspelled words, grammatical errors and inconsistencies won’t get to make a second impression. The devil is in the details, so pay attention to them. Show that you want to impress your recruiter. A strong resume is consistent with formatting and content. It reiterates your strengths and skills. It reinforces your experience and education.

It’s about what you’ve accomplished

It’s time to show off, but how? Include achievements that are measurable. How many reports did you create a month? What was the percentage increase in sales due to your contributions? Employers like numbers, so if you’ve got them flaunt them. A recruiter predicts your job duties based off of your position title. Show them how you contributed to your last company with data instead of only listing your duties. Show off and you’ll stick out as a memorable, qualified candidate.

Your resume is your first impression; your first interview. It will open or close the door to your prospective job. Your resume matters and it’s vital that it illustrates your best self.

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Chukwunyere Uchenna Eze

by South University
August 27, 2015

Chukwunyere Uchenna Eze
2015, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration
South University, Online Programs

“My work has finally paid off.”

That’s how South University alumnus Chukwunyere Uchenna Eze feels when he takes stock of his life and career. Eze came to the United States when he was 18, and says he learned to be independent and work hard before he entered school.

When it was time to advance his education to the next level, he chose South University’s Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration program.

“I worked full time and went to school full time,” Eze recalls. “I was motivated when my son joined the family and I made a promise to be a great role model to him. Working full time and mixing that with school was very challenging, but I got through it.”

Now Eze is employed as a supervisor with Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, Massachusetts. His duties include facilitating compliance with all state, federal and local regulations, and making sure processes involving patients are effective. In his leadership role he also hires, evaluates and supervises front desk and call center employees.

“I wanted to make a difference in the lives of my staff as well as patients,” Eze says. “South University provided me with the right resources and tools.”

Eze’s advice for current students is direct.

“Never give up. Dream big, follow through and work hard towards it. The end result is all worth it.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states.

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South University Introduces Two Accelerated MBA Programs

by South University
August 12, 2015

South University is excited to announce that two new programs are now accepting applications in the College of Business: the Accelerated Master of Business Administration (AMBA) program and the Accelerated Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration (AMBA HCA).* Both programs are Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)-accredited.

If you’re ready to take on the challenge of building your business acumen and earning your MBA in as little as 1 year, now South University can help. These fast-paced business master’s degree programs are designed for individuals serious about continuing their professional development and enhancing the value they bring to their organizations.

Our accelerated MBA programs can teach you how to manage what’s commonly called ‘VUCA’ in the business world—the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of today’s fast-paced business environments.

An Accelerated MBA Program for Business Professionals

Our AMBA (accelerated MBA) program can help you to refine both the quantitative and qualitative skills that are imperative to success in business. As a whole, the 12 business courses that make up the AMBA program provide a comprehensive professional development experience in which you can grow your business expertise in the areas of human resources, finance, logistics, marketing, ethics and more. Throughout the program, you’ll find a strong focus on building your decision-making, communication and organizational leadership skills.

An Accelerated MBA Program for Healthcare Leaders

Ideal for those with prior experience in the healthcare field, the Accelerated MBA in Healthcare Administration program is designed to prepare you for a leadership role in the medical industry and to provide a firm grounding in the economics, decision making, behavioral sciences, and strategic environment of the healthcare field. Flexible, yet intensive, this 12-month program instills strong business competencies and leadership skills, while also helping you to develop knowledge on specialized healthcare areas such as healthcare policy, structures, financial management, governance and quality performance.

Flexible Learning Options to Fit Your Schedule

With South University’s accelerated MBA programs, you can choose to learn fully online or blend the online and campus experience. With the campus programs, courses will be held on select weekends and supplemented with online learning, synchronized conference calls and web-based meetings. These programs are available at South University, Savannah; South University, Columbia; and South University, Atlanta Learning Site.

In the fully online experience, students will discover a cohesive learning experience united by one overarching business project. As a student, you’ll be introduced to this project in your very first class—a class in which you’ll develop a personal and professional development plan and be matched to a faculty mentor with whom you’ll meet virtually to discuss your professional goals and how they relate to your MBA program.

During this first course, you’ll also be assigned to a project team of like-minded business students, with whom you’ll work to complete your final project and related assignments. From then on, each of your courses will be tied back to the overarching business project, creating an academic experience where business concepts and ideas have clear relevancy to tangible real-world projects and outcomes.

In both the online and campus accelerated MBA programs, you can gain stronger skills in collaboration and discussion, discover the benefits of hearing and considering diverse ideas, and build strong relationships with fellow ambitious business professionals who may become important networking contacts for you in the future.

Contact us at 1.800.688.0932 or request more information today to discuss what’s possible in just 1 year!

The following business programs at South University, Online Program, the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration, Accelerated Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Accelerated Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration programs, are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356; Other programs in the College of Business are excluded from ACBSP’s scope of accreditation. These programs include: Associate of Science in Accounting, Associate of Science in Business Administration, Association of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology, Master of Science in Leadership and Doctor of Business Administration.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office:

South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805

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The stated completion time is suggested and may not be typical of all students. Please speak to your advisor to help determine the appropriate credit load and completion time for you along with the process and repercussions of adding and dropping classes.

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6 Easy Ways to Create Positive Change

by South University
July 17, 2015

Through his aspirations for a fair and equal life, Nelson Mandela turned adversity into opportunity. His leadership came unbiased toward religion, race or gender, and he inspired others to see the world for what it could be.

Each year, July 18, is a celebration of Mandela’s life. On Nelson Mandela International Day, take action as an agent for positive change and pledge 67 minutes of your time in honor of Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service.

Create Your Action. Here are a few ways you can make an effort to transform the world:

  1. Participate: Volunteer in your community by cleaning up your local park, reading to the elderly at a nursing home or volunteering at a local food shelter. Unsure of where to start? Begin with the hands on network to see what options are available in your area.
  2. Organize: Gather your friends, family, or co-workers and organize a volunteer event for a cause you care about – Lead a clothing drive, food drive, or book drive for a local shelter or plan a community yard sale and donate the profits to a local charity.
  3. Act: Write a letter for change – Take action by finding a sensible improvement that could be made in your community and make an effort to change it for the better. Do you notice that there is too much garbage on the sidewalks in your community? Write a letter to your mayor stating why there should be more garbage cans in those areas.
  4. Sponsor: Become a sponsor for a walk/run – Through the late summer and fall, many non-profit organizations host competitive and non-competitive walk/run events. Check your local paper for events, sign up, start a team and organize a fundraiser in support of the non-profit organization.
  5. Lead: Create a study group with classmates – Coordinate with a few classmates a day and time that everyone can get together to discuss the class topics of the upcoming week. It’s a great way to gain leadership experience and to meet others who share common interests.
  6. Share: Tell others about your leadership and volunteer efforts – Share with the South University social community and the #MandelaDay community how you are leading as an agent for positive change in your family, your community, and your classroom.
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Job Search Tips for New College Grads

by South University
July 14, 2015

Job Search Tips for New College Grads

An estimated 1,855,000 students at the bachelor’s degree level are expected to graduate this year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Good news for graduates — the job outlook appears promising.

A survey conducted by the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) revealed that employers plan to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates for their U.S. operations than in 2014. In fact, most companies rate the overall job market as “good” and the number offering a “very good” rating has risen to almost one-third of respondents.

The top five fields expected to see the highest percentage of growth include wholesale trade, retail trade, utilities, miscellaneous manufacturing and oil and gas extraction, according to the survey.

“The job market will be different for new grads depending on their program of study, where they live and how much prior experience they have,” said Cassandra Brentley, MA Ed., QEP academic success center supervisor at South University. “Two great resources available for students to research the job market in their field is the Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net.”

South University Offers Job Search Resources

South University students have the opportunity to start working with a career services advisor six months before graduation and are encouraged to start their job search then, Brentley said.

“A successful job search requires that students have a professional online presence, (a) complete resume and customized cover letters for each position they apply to,” Brentley said. Students can begin working on all three of these pieces before they graduate.”

Facing a job search for the first time can be overwhelming, but South University students have plenty of help available to them.

“South University offers a plethora of resources designed to help students prepare for their job search,” Brentley said. “The Career Services resource page in the Campus Common provides access to many career research and job finding websites that South University students and alumni have access to.”

The Career Services library provides books, links to websites and videos designed to help students prepare for their job search, Brentley said.

“Additionally, the South University, Online Programs Career Services Department has a YouTube channel where students can view presentations on preparing for interviews, revising their resume and even program specific videos that discuss specific job finding techniques for a given program of study.”

Getting Ahead Without Much Work Experience

As a new graduate without much work experience, students can gain a competitive advantage by focusing on networking, volunteering and applying to entry-level positions at organizations that offer opportunities for advancement, Brentley said.

“Participating in co-curricular events is another great way to gain knowledge and network with professionals in the industry that can help students get their foot in the door,” Brentley said. “SU, Online offers a large variety of live speaker events, honor societies, clubs and organizations — as well as a great mentoring program for students to participate in.”

Brentley advises students with very little on-the-job experience to work with their career services advisor to create a resume highlighting the knowledge, skills and experience they gained as a student at South University.


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