Friday, July 25, 2014


 “Water, water, everywhere, and, nor any drop to drink.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The excerpt of the popular poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is fitting for this guest post. We seem to have water all over the world, and yet, there is still an issue with our population consuming enough water to maintain health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014).

Water is necessary for every day bodily functions and when there is not enough water in the body, dehydration can occur, which can be life-threatening (National Institutes of Health, 2013).
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health provide these tips for increasing water consumption and maintaining your water balance.

  • Drink 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water each day.
  • While drinking water is the best option, eating foods high in water content can also be a source of hydration. Such foods include: celery, melons, tomatoes, and soups.
  • If you are physically active, experiencing digestive discomforts such as diarrhea or vomiting, are running a fever, or are
    in warmer weather areas, your body needs more water.
  • Avoid sweet drinks that might fill you up on sugar instead of water.
  • Drink water before, during, and after physical activity.
  • Water should be a top priority in your day. The body needs water to function at its full potential – and to allow you to function at your full potential.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). Drinking water. Retrieved from
Coleridge, S. T. (1834). The rime of the ancient mariner. Retrieved from
National Institutes of Health (2013). Water in diet. Retrieved from

Written by: Ashley Long
Ashley Long is a graduate student in the Health Studies Department at Texas Woman’s University completing her MS in the spring of 2015. She received her BS in Health with a minor in Health Communication from Texas A&M University in 2010. Her health interests include sexual health, women’s health, and methods of contraception.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Professionalism 101 - Resumes and CVs by TWU Career Services

Professionalism can be tricky to grasp and to understand all of the requirements for resumes, CVs and interviews. That is why we collaborated with TWU Career Services to gain a better understanding of professionalism. This two part series will first address resumes and CVs and the second part will address interviews. Let's get started on landing that perfect job. 

Resume Tips: 

  • Did you know that you only have about 7 seconds to persuade a perspective employer to consider your cover letter and resume more closely? Grab their attention right away by providing clear, specific information about yourself as you relate to the position.
  • Your resume needs to be tailored to each particular situation that you are using it for: job, internship, volunteer experience, graduate school, scholarship, etc. This means that you will need to “tweak” your resume each time you submit it.Your resume should be a summary of your accomplishments, and it should highlight the skills that you enjoy using.
  • Your resume needs to focus on what you can offer the employer.
  • Consider the individuals who will be reading your resume. Are they getting to know you as someone who might resonate with their position and with the needs that they have for their organization?
  • Avoid generic phrases on your resume, and provide more specific information about who you are in relation to the job. For example, an applicant may state that he/she has strong presentation skills. A more competitive way to showcase your presentation skills would be to say something like, “Strong presentation skills. Regularly present to groups of 50 or more on topics related to mental health issues in young adults, focusing particularly on depression and suicide prevention.” This allows an employer to know more about your presentation skills and to see that you do speak often in front of groups for a particular purpose.
  • Keep your resume to 1-2 pages, and include your name on all pages.
  • Do not include personal information on your resume (married, have several children, like to gamble at the races on the weekend, etc.,).
  • Do not rely on spell check. 

Common Mistakes on Resumes:
  • Too long – keep it to two pages, maximum.
  • Typographical/grammatical/spelling errors – ALWAYS proofread your resume, and have at least one other person review it for any errors. One of any of these errors could remove you from consideration.
  • Hard to read/Using a template – create your own information without using a template, and make the visual flow attractive and easy for an employer to view your information.
  • Too verbose – display your information in a concise format, and use bulleted phrases as opposed to paragraphs of text.
  • Too brief – employers will only be able to learn about you based on what you include on your resume. You must tell them enough information so that they can understand who you are as you relate to their open position.
  • Irrelevant Information – Focus on the position and what you can bring to that position. Don’t list a lot of unnecessary information.
  • Obviously generic – Don’t just state that you have “Excellent communication skills”. Show how your excellent communication skills relate to the particular position and would benefit the employer.

CV Q & A: What is the difference between a resume and a CV?
The primary differences between a resume and CV are the length, what is included (content), and what each is used for (purpose). A resume is a brief highlight of your job-related qualifications; a CV is a more detailed synopsis. Therefore, a resume is usually shorter than a CV. While a resume is brief and concise - no more than a page or two, a CV is longer (at least two pages or more). A resume is a one or two page summary of your education, experience, skills and accomplishments. A CV includes a summary of your educational and academic background as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, and other information.

When should I use a resume vs. a CV?
A CV is used primarily when applying for academic, research, scientific, and overseas positions; whereas a resume is used primarily when applying for health, educational, social services, artistic, computing and business-related positions.

CV Tips:

  • Tailor your CV to the position that you are applying for.
  • Include a Cover Letter with your CV.
  • Have it critiqued to ensure that it is error free.
  • When applicable, print it on resume paper.
  • Do not use a template.

Common mistakes found on a CV:

  • Not tailoring the CV to the position - It may sound like a time-consuming process, but making the effort to tailor your CV to suit the requirements of each particular job that you are applying for can greatly increase your chances of securing an interview.
  • Using one standard objective for all positions applied to – Just as your qualifications should be tailored on your CV, so should your Objective.
  • Grammatical errors and misspelled words – Having errors and mistakes on your CV give employers a bad impression of you. Employers do not want to hire someone who has these types of errors on their CV because it gives the impression that you will make these same types of mistakes if hired. Give a good first impression by having an error-free CV.
  • Listing over 10 years of experience – Highlight relevant, recent experience on your CV. Experience beyond 10 years, especially if it is not related to the job, will be irrelevant to potential employers.
  • Highlighting duties instead of achievements – Including achievements or accomplishments help you to better market and sell yourself to potential employers, which is very important in today’s competitive job market.
  • Poor formatting/design – Your CV should be neat, clear, and easy to read. Recruiters spend between 10 -30 seconds scanning your CV; so, an easy to read document will help to ensure that they can find the information they need.
  • Using a template – Develop your own unique format to sell your information on your CV, rather than using a template that others may also use.
TWU Career Services Staff

How Can I Get Help With My Resume/CV?
The TWU Career Services Department can review your resume or CV and make suggestions that can help you strengthen them and make them more competitive. If you would like some feedback on your resume or CV, please call the Career Services Department at 940-898-2950 to schedule an appointment.

What Services Does Your Department Provide for Resumes/CV’s?
The Career Services Department offers the following services

  • Individual resume/CV critiques
  • Seminar/Workshop on resume/CV design
  • Classroom presentations on resume/CV design
  • Job Search Handbook – has information on how to create a resume and CV, resources and material for resume/CV design, and sample resumes
  • Career Library – has several books on how to create a resume and CV
This post was provided by the TWU Career Services.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

National Cancer Survivors Day: What is it?

National Cancer Survivors Day was held on June 7, 2014 according to the official website (National Cancer Survivor Day Foundation, Inc., 2014).  I have heard of the many different fund raisers, such as the Susan G. Komen walks, as well as the awareness months, such as breast cancer awareness and the reminder to get your mammograms.  I had not, however, heard of National Cancer Survivors Day.  I have not had cancer but I, like many of you, either have a relative or friend that has fought this battle.  Cancer is a devastating diagnosis that turns the patient’s life upside down as well as everyone around them.  Cancer does not discriminate and can claim any age, ethnic, sex, or religious group.  

We as a society, focus on remembering and honoring.  National Cancer Survivors Day is no different except they focus on the living.  On the home page of their official website, they state the purpose of this day:

            “Is a celebration of those that have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community (National Cancer Survivor Day Foundation, Inc., 2014).”

This day is intended to celebrate life as well as recognize and thank those that do the research and provide treatment that allows patients to survive.  According to the CDC, nearly 14 million people survive after being told they have cancer (CDC Cancer Home, 2014).  This is one day of the year that we focus on the positive outcomes of cancer and remember how far we have come in advances to ending the battle with cancer. 

I was embarrassed when I realized that this day existed because I have a few family members that have been diagnosed and had the great fortune of overcoming their diagnosis.  Two have had complete mastectomies and breast reconstruction.  I cannot imagine the physical pain let alone the emotional strain this must have been on them.  They are both very strong women and would never want to be a burden on another, but you cannot go through something like that and not need support.  They all have reason to celebrate and I am going to ask them if they knew this day existed so we can celebrate that they are still a part of our lives.

Being a cancer survivor does not mean your battle is over. As a survivor, you have already overcome:

1. Physical Problems

2. Emotional Problems 
3. Social Problems
4. Financial Problems (CDC Cancer Home, 2014)

Even though the survivor has overcome all those problems, they still live with the fear that there is a high likelihood that their first cancer will come back (CDC Cancer Home, 2014). There are support groups for the patients as well as their families to help cope with all these unknown factors and to help them live a healthier and quality life after cancer (American Institute for Cancer Research, 2014).

Cancer is real part of life. Hopefully, this will draw more people’s attention to celebrate those lives that are fighting every day in the face of cancer. We need more people to recognize and help celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day in 2015. Mark your calendars now for next year. Save the date of June 7, 2015 to support those that have fought and won, those that are beginning to fight, and to thank those that make it possible for others to live (National Cancer Survivor Day Foundation, Inc., 2014).


American Institute for Cancer Research. (2014). After cancer treatment. Retrieved June 12, 2014, Retrieved from

CDC Cancer Home. (2014). Cancer prevention and control. Retrieved June 12, 2014, Retrieved from

National Cancer Survivor Day Foundation, Inc. (2014). The Official Website of National Cancer Survivors Day. Retrieved June 12, 2014, Retrieved from

Written By: Sabrina Alvord

Sabrina Alvord is currently a graduate student in the Health Studies program at Texas Women’s University. She has worked for over 20 years in the outpatient clinic setting with many different specialties. She loves working with patients and helping them navigate through the medical system and their different barriers to fulfilling their care.

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