Reading Time: 3 minutes I decided from my last blog (so many choices!) to write about me looking for temporary work…. Last year, I applied for a temporary part-time academic counselor position at DMACC. The position was focused on young “at-risk” students. I share my cover letter (which wanted the applicant to address certain characteristics or skills in the cover… Continue reading Creative Cover Letters Entice Your Reader
Reading Time: 3 minutes Following through with my last post on honesty, here’s the success story I mentioned: During the placement process, I assess the client on his or her take of honesty at work using interview techniques, a self-report scale, and ensuing discussion. I’ve heard great stories. I remember one client, a veteran I helped ~10 years ago when… Continue reading A Success Story About A Veteran I Was Proud To Help
Reading Time: 3 minutes As I mentioned in last week’s post, Arin was in interviewing mode. She found success! Today she starts her training at the Des Moines Public Library. My daughter, a librarian aide! I love it. She is so excited! It’s a part-time position, which the library does for all aides, that pays pretty good! She will… Continue reading Congratulations to my Beautiful Daughter….She Starts a New Job Today!
Reading Time: 2 minutes I want to reflect upon my volunteering experience … and engage you in thinking of your own. Does volunteering pique a developing interest? What specifically do you, or have you done to volunteer? Did the time fly when you were engaging in the experience? What were you responsible for in the role? Even if it’s… Continue reading Never Underestimate the Power of Volunteering!
Reading Time: 2 minutes It really does help to make noise while you’re working. I often work in complete silence. But when I whistle or listen to music, it does seem as though the work goes more smoothly. I have no idea why. I guess the Dwarfs did. Maybe the sound helps distract the mind from trying too hard… Continue reading Whistle While You Work…or Grunt and Groan!
Reading Time: 3 minutes March is Women’s History Month. The theme this year is women in science, mathematics, technology and engineering. My husband thinks he is his school historian, so here’s his take….and my additions. It took women more than 72 years of arduous struggle to win the vote (called woman suffrage) from the Seneca Falls Convention on women’s… Continue reading March is Women’s History Month…Thanks Good Boys!
Reading Time: 2 minutes Observation skills are important in my work as a counselor. Observation skills incorporate visual analysis, memory, concentration and the ability to pay attention to detail and to notice visual signals like body language. When’s the last time you checked out Where’s Waldo? In counseling, body language is used to help build rapport. It helps to… Continue reading Observation Skills and Body Language – Where’s Waldo?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Continuing on regarding my mother’s career… My mom Ann moved into a secretarial position in the Dean’s office at ECC, working for Dean Duane Lloyd beginning in 1980. Ann had a number of administrative duties, typing correspondence (from the Dean’s long hand scribbles), the board of director’s meetings, and other duties to help the Dean do his… Continue reading More On Mom’s Career at ECC…..Panther Pride!
Reading Time: 2 minutes In June, I wrote about my dad Richard Prochnow and his work. Now on to my mom! During the years all five of us were at home in the 70s, going to school every weekday, my mom worked out of the basement. Ann typed recipes for cookbooks. Using a manual typewriter, she typed up the ingredients and… Continue reading My Mom’s Jobs…From Typing Cookbooks to Court Clerk to Pool Manager….and more
Reading Time: 4 minutes Hope you enjoyed last week’s blog post about motivation. On to more recollections of my days at ISU: In the Spring of 1994 I took Social Work 261, taught by Stephen M. Aigner. For the course, I was required to read a book about the depression titled “In The Shadow of the Poorhouse”, by Michael B.… Continue reading How My Past has Brought Me to The Present! More Recollections of ISU – Part 16