Sunday, May 6

BRING YOUR RESUME INTO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

PART ONE OF THE ENGLISH FOR ECES SERIES
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When's the last time you had to brush off your resume and get it out there again?  Was child care strictly theme based at that time?  Were nursery schools still the rage?  Did people still call programs day nurseries?  Daunting to just think about, eh?
If you have decided it's time to update your resume, there are some important things to consider while you engage in the process.

FIRST THING …..  REFORMAT IT FOR ONLINE READING 




MAKE IT ONLINE FRIENDLY
Use Helvetica, Arial, or Times New Roman font for better online readability.  Increase the line spacing to at least 1.5 and make the font at least 10, though 11 is better.
Keep white spaces between paragraphs.
Reduce your margins to give yourself space.  Keep margins to 0.5 on the top and bottom, and 0.75 on the sides.



MAKE IT SKIM WORTHY
Readers will skim the content for the important parts.  Make the process easier by using bulleted points, line dividers, bold titles and short quick sentences that are full of meaning. 


REFRESH THE CONTENT



MAKE YOUR BENEFIT CLEAR
Clearly communicate how your qualities will benefit the program. 
Highlight new skills you’ve gained and remove any information that is dated.  Every ECE grad can organize activities for children.  How many can develop outdoor play based activities that can be connected over a week of recesses and adhere to the FDK/ELECT/HDLH guidelines?

TAKE OUT THE 'RESUME OBJECTIVE' AREA.  It's dated and obvious.  The resume's objective is to obtain employment, no matter how cleverly written.



HOME ADDRESS. 
Commute time to and from work may not be an issue for you; however the reader may discount your resume if they feel the daily commute from your home to the program may be too long and lateness could become an issue.  Remember you cannot control what another person may assume, and though you might not think twice about getting up at 5am to travel 40 minutes to open the centre, the reader might only see the potential pitfalls of the situation. 




HIGH SCHOOL or GRADUATION YEAR
The general rule is once graduation is three years behind, take the graduation year out.  People are more interested in if you have the degree, not necessarily when you obtained it. And, unless you're okay with someone counting backward and inadvertently basing a decision on your potential age, high school and graduation years should be avoided.

GAPS. 
Chances are, if you've been in the field a while, you will have employment gaps: education updates, professional development breaks, parental leave, sick leave, sabbaticals …)  If you want to avoid any yawing gaps, take out the specific start and end dates and just use years, e.g. XYZ School Age Child Care, 1991–1994. 

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.  This too is obvious and dated.  When and if they want references, they'll ask for them.


RENEW AND ADD THESE THREE THINGS 



LIVE HYPERLINKS
Resumes are now read online and are usually a part of an email introduction or initial pitch.  Make it easy for the reader to learn more about you online with simple direct clicks. 

LINKEDIN PROFILE. 
Develop, if you haven't already, a LinkedIn profile and connect it with a live hyperlink (Using Word:  highlight the word you want to use.  Go to INSERT.  Click HYPERLINK.  Add the web address of where you want people to link to.  Done.) 
Link to other social media handles if you have them: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ to show your professional creative side. Avoid your Facebook page (unless you have a branded child care related page) for anything professional, even if you keep your personal page clean. 



SHORT BULLET POINTS
The eye is naturally drawn to bulleted points, especially if they're in the middle of the page.  Use no more than five points you'd like the reader to know right away.  Make the points short, clear and fluent.
·         Honours graduate, Early Childhood Education Diploma.
·         Member in good standing with the College of ECEs.
·         Reggio training certification, Italy.
·         Employed five years, XYZ Reggio afterschool program.
·         Developed Reggio of Beginners handbook.
Make sure all of the bulleted points directly line up with the job description or outline that the job post asks for.

REVIEW IT ALL TWICE!

Spell and grammar check everything.  Twice.  Grammarly is an awesome way to start the review process and is available online free.

READ IT BACK ~ OUT LOUD
Text to voice readers are a great way to have your computer read your work back to you.  It allows you to hear your words as they'll sound to another person, and is an easy way to pick up strange sounding words (typos) and awkward sentences.
Or, read it out loud yourself, both forwards AND backwards.  If you start at the end and go through the document, you are forced to read every word individually and will pick up on any misspelled words.

BETA READ IT 
Email everything to a friend so they'll receive exactly what you plan to send out.  Have the person go through and click all of your live links.  Have them open the attachments to make sure they work. 

TITLE and SAVE IT
Make the file title specific, so when the reader sees it again knows exactly what it is without having to open it, e.g. RESUMEYOURNAMEDATE. ResumeTKassotisMay2018.
Save the document in PDF format so everything stays the same when opened on a different computer.  (When using Word click: FILE. SAVE AS. PDF or ADOBE PDF.) 

Now, your resume is renewed, refreshed and ready to make things happen for you.
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Tuesday, March 27

LET US INSPIRE YOU ECE!






WHO IS TRICIA?

Tricia Kassotis is a retired school age program teacher turned college instructor from Ottawa, Canada.

She maintains her first love, the education of children, by teaching her students the importance of providing daily quality program planning to children.

She also tames the flurry of ECE programming into inspirational blog posts, ebooks, and social media sites and newsletters.

Having recently discovered Hygge, the Danish word for simple comfortable living, she's created #hyggechildcare;  mindful and purposeful programming in child care.


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Monday, February 19

HYGGE FOR CHILD CARE ENVIRONMENTS



First, What is Hygge?

Hygge, pronounced (hue-gah) is the Danish concept of comfortable and cozy living. 
Because winters can be awfully miserable and dark for much of the day, it's important to be able to come home to a warm blanket, a cozy cup of cocoa, a soothing fire and soft lights.

Hygge is the enjoyment of creating and celebrating beautiful moments of comfort, acknowledging special feelings of love and friendship, and enjoying the splendor in the ordinary.

HYGGE IN CHILD CARE is creating rich moments for children to enjoy themselves, with each other and their teacher.

It's teaching children how to enjoy and appreciate special moments and simple things.   
Hygge is appreciating the basics.  
The quite everyday things that build a meaningful childhood and life experience.


CREATE A HYGGE PLAYROOM


Use soft lights – turn off those overhead florescents!
Use a water diffuser with essential oils – put it up high if you have young children in the group.

Choose soft texture surfaces – faux fur and plushy blankets, soft knit cushions and pillows.
Create cozy spaces for play.  All those soft textures do not have to stay in the book corner.


Slow down the child care day – use fewer routines, have fewer transitions, and add more open free time for emergent inquiry play.

 

CREATE SOME HYGGE MOMENTS IN CHILD CARE

Make warm cookies and hot chocolate after outdoor play.


Use warm blankets and snuggle reading time.


Make snack together and unrushed eating time.  
Imagine making flower tea with school-agers … watching the flower buds unfold in the water ...

Home child care is the ideal environment for hygge but not impossible for centre based care too.  If you slow down the teacher's day, the child's day will naturally follow.


An unhurried teacher is an unhurried hygge classroom. 
 
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