Oral Communication Center-NVCC

The OCC enables student success through improved speaking and presentation skills across disciplines. NOVA students can work with trained speech consultants to develop and refine their skills for individual and group presentations.

Some of our student services include personalized consultation, feedback consultation and recording/presentation equipment.

Operating as usual

04/26/2016

REMINDER:
The Game-Changer Workshop is just around the corner!

Mark April 27 (from 1 to 2:30p.m.) on your calendars and make some time to come!

You won't want to miss tips on how to plan for, behave and what everybody is expecting of you in your first days on a new job!

The OCC will be hosting "The Game-Changer Workshop”, part of the Professional Development Series next Wednesday, April 27th, from 1:00p.m.-2:30p.m. in CM 363.

This workshop, lead by Chanee Singkarlvanich and Trace Main, will focus on career etiquette, professional development planning and performance expectations in the first 90 days of employment.

04/26/2016

It's a New Year and a New Start. How About a New Job?

"As we enter a new year, there’s no better time to quit your current position to give yourself a fresh start at a new job. And, if you’re still not convinced on the benefits of switching jobs, here are a few points that may help you reconsider." - Peter Daisyme
Co-founder of Hostt, Entrepreneur Contributor.

entrepreneur.com The beginning of the year is the perfect time to start over in a new work environment. Here's why.

mindtools.com 04/25/2016

Starting a New Job: Getting Used to Your New Role

"While starting a new job can be a stressful experience, this important transition doesn't have to be full of tension and anxiety." - Mind Tools Editorial Team, mindtools.com

mindtools.com Starting a new job can be a stressful experience. Learn how to make a success of your early days.

04/19/2016

The OCC will be hosting "The Game-Changer Workshop”, part of the Professional Development Series next Wednesday, April 27th, from 1:00p.m.-2:30p.m. in CM 363.

This workshop, lead by Chanee Singkarlvanich and Trace Main, will focus on career etiquette, professional development planning and performance expectations in the first 90 days of employment.

04/15/2016

Identifying Barriers to Effective Intercultural Communication

"A growing international student population enhances university campuses by contributing to a diversified community and providing exposure to new cultural perspectives (Bevis, 2002)."

nacada.ksu.edu International students want to be personally and academically successful; however, when students lack confidence in their communication skills, or whe...

businessinsider.com 04/07/2016

20 Personal Appearance Tips For The Modern Workplace

"The problem with appearance is that it translates to performance," Nicole Williams, career expert at LinkedIn, tells Business Insider.

businessinsider.com The way you look plays a significant role in your success. We spoke to three experts to find out the rules of appearance in the modern office.

businessinsider.com 04/05/2016

5 questions to ask at the end of the job interview that are better than, 'What's a typical day...

Answering the hiring manager's questions is as important as asking questions at the end of the interview. Want to know why? Click in the link and find out!

businessinsider.com Don't be boring.

04/04/2016

Join us in CM 363 tomorrow for another Toolkit Tuesday open lab!
Here, you'll be able to work on your resumes, cover letters, and online presence! The objective of these series is to prepare students for Life after School.
See you there!

04/01/2016

Professional Online Presence

"If you write it, they will read it. Your social media profile has now become your new résumé." – Forbes

wlu.edu Today, a simple click of a button has become the major way employers get to know you professionally and personally. For this reason, developing your online professional presence is of utmost importance through both social and professional networking sites.

03/31/2016

Your online presence | Social & professional media | Career Services | Virginia Tech

“If Facebook is your only online identity, you may want to re-think this. Your online identity is defined through any and all other online information that exists about you and by you, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social and professional online networking.” - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University contributor.

career.vt.edu FAQs | Location | Office hours | Advising | Career Resource Center | News | Events | Contact us | Our staffExplore careers+majors | Get experience | Job search | Grad or prof school | Health Professions | Grad student job search

03/30/2016

NOVA's Pathway to the Baccalaureate

Priority Registration for Fall 2016 is coming...Please bring in your Mid-Semester Progress Report...pronto!

insidehighered.com 03/30/2016

www.insidehighered.com

“While it may seem like everyone is connected with all the ‘musts’ of online networking and social media, there are plenty of stragglers who are not there yet.” - Lesley McCollum, a graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

insidehighered.com

[03/29/16]   Don't forget today the OCC will be open from 1:00 - 3:00 pm for Toolkit Tuesday! Bring your unfinished resume, cover letter, or linkedIn profile and your laptop or tablet to CM 363 to get help on polishing or modify them to a specific job you've been wanting to apply to! Don't miss out!

fairfaxcountyeda.org 03/29/2016

8 Steps to a Professional Online Presence | Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

“Creating a professional online presence is a must for businesses these days. But many business professionals are wondering how they can be online without sacrificing personal privacy or appearing less than business or Internet savvy.” - Pam Lontos, president of PR/PR (public relations firm), and Martha Ciske, Technology & Social Media Account Executive of PR/PR Public Relations.

fairfaxcountyeda.org Creating a professional online presence is a must for businesses these days. But many business professionals are wondering how they can be online without sacrificing personal privacy or appearing less than business or Internet savvy.

03/28/2016

Join us in CM 363 tomorrow for another Toolkit Tuesday open lab!
Here, you'll be able to work on your resumes, cover letters, and online presence!
The objective of these series is to prepare students for Life after School.
See you there!

03/28/2016

Join us this Wednesday, March 30th, where we will be hosting our third Professional Development Workshop in the Series!

We'll be holding our “Social Media” workshop, facilitated by Emily Miller, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM in CM 363. Check this flyer for more information. Hope to see you all there!

cns.utexas.edu 03/28/2016

Social Media for Professional Networking

"Don't use an unprofessional e-mail address. (For example, [email protected], [email protected], [...] etc.) Do not use addresses that could be construed as "cute," sexual, political, or religious." - University of Texas at Austin.

cns.utexas.edu College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

03/23/2016

Creating a Positive Professional Image

"In today’s diverse workplace, your actions and motives are constantly under scrutiny. Time to manage your own professional image before others do it for you." - Mallory Stark, Harvard Business School.

hbswk.hbs.edu "People are constantly observing your behavior and forming theories about your competence, character, and commitment, which are rapidly disseminated throughout your workplace," she says. "It is only wise to add your voice in framing others' theories about who you are and what you can accomplish."

03/21/2016

What Are the Benefits of Effective Communication in the Workplace?

"Good communication skills go beyond conversations, but employees must know how to communicate well in written reports and emails. Understanding the benefits of effective communication helps companies place a focus on developing a workforce that is able to communicate within the firm and with customers, vendors and international business partners." - Rose Johnson , Demand Media

smallbusiness.chron.com Effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills are valuable in the workplace. Some companies spend a lot of money to train their employees on how to effectively communicate. Good communication ...

03/18/2016

Couldn't make it to last Tuesday's Toolkit Tuesday open lab? No problem! We're holding them every week! Join us next Tuesday from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, bring your own device!

nytimes.com 03/18/2016

Don’t Neglect to Send a Cover Letter When Applying for a Job

"Q. You are getting ready to apply for a job electronically, and your résumé is ready to go. Do you need to prepare a cover letter? Are they necessary in this day and age?

A. Cover letters are still necessary, and in a competitive market they can give you a serious edge if they are written and presented effectively." - Phyllis Korkki, New York Times

nytimes.com Cover letters are still necessary, and in a competitive market they can give you a serious edge.

03/15/2016

A reminder:
Today, the OCC is officially open for TOOLKIT TUESDAY!
A new hands-on workshop series, where students are able to come in and work on their resumes, cover letters, online presence, and mock interviewing.
This interactive workshop will take place in CG 363 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, and it's open to all NOVA students.
Make sure you BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), as we have a limited number of computers.
Do not worry if you couldn't make it to today's workshop, we will be holding them every Tuesday!
SEE YOU THERE!

03/15/2016

The OCC is proud to announce the new hands-on workshop series taking place every Tuesday!

TOOLKIT TUESDAY

In these series, students are able to come in and work on their resumes, cover letters, online presence, and mock interviewing! The objective of this series is to prepare students for Life after School.

Kick off day for the Spring is TOMORROW, March 15th, in Room CM 363, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. All NOVA students are welcome!

Bring Your Own Device, as we have a limited number of computers.

See you there!

asme.org 03/14/2016

6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

"No matter how well written, your resume won't get a thorough reading the first time through. Generally a resume gets scanned for 25 seconds. Scanning is more difficult if it is hard to read, poorly organized or exceeds two pages." - Marilyn Borysek, ASME Career Center

asme.org Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they've seen more poorly written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before. Attract more interview offers and ensure your resume doesn’t eliminate you from consideration by following these six key tips.

ishm.org 03/10/2016

The Importance of Certifications and Your Resume | ISHM

"Your resume is the first impression a potential employer will have of you. It is important to objectively indicate your level of knowledge or aptitude in the skills sets you choose to highlight." - Heather Kimbrel
Career Development Counselor, Columbia Southern University.

ishm.org Your resume is the first impression a potential employer will have of you.  It is important to objectively indicate your level of knowledge or aptitude in the skills sets you choose to highlight.  The addition of certifications on a resume is an important step when updating your job search correspon…

businessinsider.com 03/09/2016

Why One Executive Says Your Cover Letter Is More Important Than Your Résumé

Every time you apply to an online job, it usually says that the cover letter is optional... is it, really? Find out why here!

businessinsider.com Your resume is important, but nothing can replace a well-written cover letter.

03/09/2016

Start Writing Your Resume

Everyone struggles with resumes, and the first step (and hardest) is starting!

wa.gov WorkSource Washington - Washington State's official career and employment site. Job seekers- search jobs, post your resume, apply for jobs online. Employers- post a job search, and search resumes free of charge.

businessnewsdaily.com 03/07/2016

The Best Fonts to Use on Your Resume

"Want to make sure a hiring manager reads your résumé? A good first step is to type it in a legible, professional-looking font. You might be the perfect candidate, but employers will never know it if they can't even make out the text on your application." - Nicole Fallon Taylor, Business News Daily Assistant Editor

businessnewsdaily.com When you're writing your résumé, be sure to use a smart, professional-looking typeface that's easy to read. Here are experts' suggestions for the best fonts to use.

forbes.com 03/04/2016

7 Advanced Presentation Tips To Become a Great Public Speaker

"I’ve studied communication for 25 years and I’ve learned that great speakers are never satisfied." - Carmine Gallo,
Forbes contributor

forbes.com How do you transform an already good public speaker into a showstopper? Here are 7 techniques will help you make the leap from a merely good public speaker to a great one.

03/03/2016

Never Underestimate the Power of Your Cover Letter: Relevance and Narrative (Part 1) - Spelman...

"Think of your cover letter as more than just an introduction to yourself and your achievements. It should be a compelling treatise to invite you to an interview." - James Norfleet, spelmanjohnson.com

spelmanandjohnson.com Although it is ultimately your qualifications, experience, and achievements that hiring managers and search committees are looking for, there is only so much you can do to tweak a resume or CV for a particular job position. A cover letter can go much further in convincing a hiring manager that you a…

idealistcareers.org 03/03/2016

Just graduated? Focus on transferable skills to land your first job - Idealist Careers

"If you can successfully convey that you actually do have experience in some of skills many organizations value, you might just land yourself that first gig." - Amy-Louise Goldberg, Executive Coach and Career Counselor at NYU Polytechnic.

idealistcareers.org You’re more likely to get your first job by effectively parlaying your transferable skills on your resume.

garrreynolds.com 03/01/2016

Presentation Tips

In this semi-interactive article, garrreynolds.com walks its readers through the stages of a good presentation (prepare, design, and delivery), since public speaking is a skill needed for professionals to succeed in the workplace.

garrreynolds.com For professionals today, presentation and public-speaking skills are more important than ever. Management guru, Tom Peters, for example, says that "presentation skills are worthy of extreme obsessi...

career-advice.monster.com 02/29/2016

Resume Formats: The Combination Resume | Monster.com

"You may have grappled with whether to set up a chronological or functional resume. A chronological resume focuses on work experience, providing a reverse-chronological employment history and ample detail about job duties and accomplishments. This type of resume works for applicants on a steady career track, because it emphasizes work experience." - Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert

career-advice.monster.com Use a combination resume to incorporate the best of the chronological and functional formats. Here's how.

forbes.com 02/29/2016

5 Ways Your Cover Letter Lost You The Job

"Cover letters are a blessing and a curse. They give you some elbow room to discuss your qualifications, which is a welcome relief from the crunched bullet points of a resume. But because of that freedom (and that intimidating blank page to fill), it’s easy to veer off in the wrong direction and make some common mistakes that can pretty much guarantee you’re not getting a call back." – Katie Douthwaite, The Muse contributor.

forbes.com Ever addressed a cover letter "Dear Madame" or fudged the one-page rule? Before you start penning your next attempt, consider these five common cover letter mistakes—and learn how to turn them into successes.

vault.com 02/29/2016

5 Resume Myths You Should Feel Free to Ignore|Vault Blogs|Vault.com

"Your resume must be no more than 1 page long", "don't forget to include your references", "make a great resume and send it out to all positions you're applying". Which one of those myths have you applied or hold as true?

vault.com When it comes to your resume, there are lots of pieces of outdated advice out there--not to mention some outright myths and falsehoods.

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