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Writing Your Academic Resume – Academy Lessons

Let’s answer some frequently asked questions we get from students that want some foundational tips when writing academic resumes.

Academic Resume Questions

Question: Does the resume have to be one page?

Answer: No. Although, a professional resume must be one page. Although admission officers may like to be reading only one page, because they are overworked in this season, please include everything you need to make your resume stand out. If it’s two pages full of regional, national, and international awards and/or fascinating internships and interesting educational pursuits, let it be two pages. If your resume includes a paragraph or two of explanation for a particular kind of untraditional schooling due to health, home circumstances, religious beliefs, educational philosophy, arts preparation, etc., please do include that explanation. This is what the common application’s additional information section is all about.

Question: Do I use different fonts?

Answer: Yes. Your title font for all headings should be in dark blue, bold, and italicized, left justified on the page, with a list of activities in black 12 point Times New Roman. List dates from most contemporary to least contemporary.

Question: Do separate sections receive separate titles?

Answer: Yes. For titles, you have options: education; academic awards and honors; service awards and honors; athletic awards and honors; arts awards and honors; leadership; communication or public service; summer experiences; jobs or internships; speaking engagements; etc. Add short explanations for each leadership event in which you’ve participated. Explain your role. Colleges want to know whether you are only a member or whether you actually led a group to success, fundraised, founded, or directed a project, etc. Separate the elements in each line of your listing by commas only. For example, National Coca-Cola Scholar, Coca-Cola Foundation, presented to the top 250 graduating seniors in the US, $25,000 scholarship, 2017.

We’ll cover more tips for Enhancing Your Academic College Résumé so stay tuned!

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The Five-Second Rule for Productivity – Academy Lessons

This lesson is just like one of those awesome ninja tricks to think about, and then try it on and see how it fits. It’s a very simple concept, and here it is. You know what to do until your mind gets in the way. True or false? Let me give you the classic example: Exercise. You know that you’re supposed to exercise until your mind starts telling you, “I’m tired. I don’t feel well. I have a headache. I can always exercise tomorrow.” Don’t let the excuses lead you to inaction.

Procrastination and Laziness

In reality, what’s happening is that your mind is talking you out of the thing that you know that you should be doing. How do you know that’s happening? Because afterward, later in the evening or the next day, you feel guilty about it and you realize, “Darn it, I should have done this.” Don’t feel bad about this, by the way. We all have this problem. You can call it procrastination or laziness or whatever; the fact is that the good angel is sitting on this shoulder and the devil is sitting on this shoulder, and they’re both talking in your ear. One’s saying, “Exercise,” and the other’s saying, “No, you don’t have to exercise.” There are a million other examples of this, in school, in life, at home, but what if that never happened? What if you can press time and got everything done because you didn’t let that voice get in the way?

How the Five-Second Rule Works

Here’s what psychologists have learned; it’s ridiculously simple, but aren’t the most important things super simple? Not always easy, but simple. It’s called the Five-Second Rule. Here’s how it works: When the thing you should be doing enters your mind, you say out loud, “Five, four, three, two, one.” After you’ve said one, you get into physical motion to do that thing. All the parts to this are really important. The thing comes in your mind; then you start the countdown instantly so that all the thoughts about why you shouldn’t do it are drowned out by The Five-Second Rule. Then the key is at one, you just don’t think about it, you get up, get into physical motion, and you get going. What you’re going to find once you train yourself to do this is that the number of important things that can get done, and your degree of success, is going to go up dramatically because you’re going to be training your brain it’s not OK to come up with excuses. Five, four, three, two, one.

Incredibly simple, but incredibly powerful. Get out of your own way, get out of your own head, and just act on the things you know you should be doing. It’ll change your life. Get going with the Five-Second Rule. Start a Five-Second Rule Club at your school. Boom. See how everything changes.

An Actor on the Stage

Today, I want to talk to you about something that may be of particular interest to you. How to interact with other people if you’re really shy. I’m really shy. Are you? If you’re one of those rare people that are super vivacious and does great in any social situation, I envy you, but most of us aren’t that. Most of us are kind of a mess, and when we get into social situations, we tend to get nervous. I want to tell you a couple of things that are great, great techniques.

How To Boost Confidence – Be An Actor

The first is to pretend you’re someone else, to be an actor. This may sound weird, but think about it for a minute. Why are you shy? It’s because you’re you, and you probably believe that you’re not worthy, or you’re not interesting, or that you were born shy, or whatever the case may be. But, what if you weren’t you? A technique a lot of people use is to become an actor, and in your mind, pretend you’re someone else. You may think that’s never going to work, but in fact, it works amazingly, amazingly well. Once you take on the persona of someone else, then it’s a lot easier to interact. At Disney World, everybody that works there is told that they’re an actor on the stage and that they have a role to play. Think of who you would admire as an actor, either male or female, and look at some of their videos, some trailers of their films, and how they act. Then, when you’re at a party or a meeting or whatever, take on a little bit of that persona. Not so much that people you know go, “Who the hell is this!?” but just enough so that you get out of your own head and you’re pretending like you’re somebody else. Try it out. It’s amazing.

It’s Not About You

The second thing is, and this is a really important phrase that I always want you to remember: to be interesting, be interested. To be interesting, be interested. To be fascinating, be fascinated. In other words, what you need to do is you need to talk to the other person about them. If you do that, they’re going to dig you, because who loves talking about anything more than themselves? You should think before you leave for an event, what are all the things I can ask someone else about? What are they up to? What have they been doing? What’s been going on in their world? You can just come up with, and write on a piece of paper 10 or 20 questions, and then as someone gives you the answer, you can always say, “Oh, my god. That’s so interesting. Tell me more. Really? Is that true? Wow. How did that work out for you?” You’re going down this path, based on what they say. Inevitably, when the conversation ends, that other person’s going to leave and go, “Wow. Suzy’s really cool. I had a great conversation with her.” Why? Because the conversation was really about them.

Get it? These two techniques alone are going to get you through almost any social situation. Give it a shot. Being shy sucks. It’s very nerve-wracking. If you use these two techniques, you can avoid all of that. I’ll talk to you soon.

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Reciprocity – Academy Lessons

Today I want to talk to you a little bit more about Robert Cialdini and another invaluable skill to have, reciprocity. It’s something that I try and carry out all the time. So what is reciprocity? It’s the idea that when you give someone something, they’re more likely to give something in return to you. For example, if you invite someone to a party or a  dinner; you give or lend someone something, or simply just help them out, they will be inclined to return a service or gift because you did it first. You gave it to them, and there’s this sort of inclination in human nature that it needs to be returned, it needs to be reciprocated. Reciprocity, the Art of Persuasion. Be the one to give first. Give first, and give something unique and specialized and thoughtful, and hopefully, that will be returned.

Give Without Expectation

Don’t give expecting something to be returned. It’s not a quid pro quo. Give just because you want to give and you want to help, and you want to be there and be remembered and be thought of by these people. This comes up in a lot of things. Give first, and people will be more inclined to give back to you. Little things. “I saw this article, and I thought of you, thought you’d like to read it.” Send it in an email just to stay connected because isn’t it great to be reminded that you’re being thought of? “Oh, they’re thinking about me. That’s so great. That’s so kind. That’s so thoughtful.”

Reap The Rewards

Keep in mind that the goal of reciprocity isn’t to receive, but a natural outcome. In the previous example, they may be inclined to do the same thing, or at least they’re going to remember you the next time they come across something that reminds them of you. It’s all about giving in the small stages for a big result and a big difference. I have never seen a generous man go bankrupt.

Reciprocity is an invaluable trait to have one and something that’s nice to do. It’s nice to be able to give things to people (freely), and they give back to you. There’s a great example of waiters in restaurants giving mints to their customers, which in effect improved the tips they received drastically. That’s some great ROI on a free mint the customer was going to grab themselves on the way out. So go out today and give someone a mint, or give them two.

Study up on the art of persuasion because it will go so far. You will go so far. It will change the game for you. It really will.

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