A Conversation with Mona Little, OVCT Medical Assisting Student

Ohio Valley College of Technology student Mona Little is currently in the process of completing her first classes toward her Associate Degree in Medical Assisting. Mona had previously taken some classes for a short time at another medical training facility, but couldn’t focus on it due to her parents and grandparents being in and out of hospitals. From 1995-2018, Mona had her own business as a Notary, but closed that business and started working part-time at the local Big Lots.

Mona Little-Student Highlight

Mona chose OVCT because somebody she works with told her she “needed a change” and should look into OVCT. Mona stated, “I thought about it for a month, then signed up and I love my classes. Everyone is so wonderful here.” Mona states that she originally thought about other healthcare training programs, but decided on medical assistant training because she grew up around it and wanted to have a career with better pay.

Mona says that her favorite part of attending OVCT is the teachers! “Everyone I met or had (for class) is awesome. It is a great environment”. She specifically mentioned that she “learned so much” in Mrs. Rogers’ and Mrs. Poynter’s classes.

Upon graduation, Ms. Little plans to work in a doctor’s office, utilizing her skills by taking vitals, blood pressures, and preparing patients for the doctor. Her five-year plan is to have a great job, a house in the country, and her bills paid off.  When asked if she would refer a friend to OVCT, Mona states “Yes. Best choice I ever made. Great staff and great students. You will feel welcome.”

To learn more about OVCT’s career training and our “WE CARE” family atmosphere, visit www.ovct.edu to get started!

4 Tips for Balancing School, Work, and Life During the Holidays

The holiday season has arrived and that means family activities, holiday parties, and delicious cookies! While we all love finding that perfect gift and spending more time with loves ones, balancing these extra activities can be challenging when you have school, work, and family life.

With all the extra holiday fun during this joyful time of year, how can you get everything done without becoming overwhelmed and stressed? Check out our top tips for the best ways to balance school, work, and family during the holidays!

Tip #1 – Stay Organized

To get everything on your list completed during the holidays, the first thing you must do is stay organized. Use a calendar to organize and plan out everything you need to get done during the holiday season, as this will make you more efficient. The easiest way to do this is by using an app like Google Calendar, because it allows you to set alerts to remind you when it’s time to complete something.

To begin, add your school class schedule, assignment due dates, test dates, and other important tasks to your calendar. For example, if you have an important exam approaching and need to study, block off time on your calendar to get it done. Then, add your work shifts, family events, and holiday activities to your calendar.

Now that you’ve added school, work, and life activities to your calendar, you know exactly when you’ll get everything completed. If you find there’s not enough time to get everything done, you may need to reduce your commitments.

Tip #2 – Use Time Management

Using good time management to balance school, work, and family life during the holiday season is the second thing you need to do. As you schedule and plan activities on your calendar, ensure you’re realistic about how much time each thing will take to complete, and ensure you’ve given yourself adequate time.

Make sure you don’t overbook yourself and commit to too many activities, as this can lead to more stress and feeling overwhelmed.

For work, school, and family activities, prioritize the most important things you need to do. This way, if you are overbooked and have to remove something, you can remove a lower priority item from your schedule and still finish the important stuff.

Tip #3 – Get Ahead

As much as you can, try to get ahead on things during this busy time of year so you have extra time for holiday fun. Completing school assignments before the due date and working ahead at your job are both great ways you can get ahead.

For example, if you have a big project at work with a deadline around Christmas, get as much as possible done early, so you’re not rushing and stressed trying to complete it by the due date. Never procrastinate and wait until the last moment to finish something because the quality of your work will be lower, and you can easily become stressed while under last-minute pressure.

Tip #4 – Practice Self-Care

Now that you’ve gotten organized, are using good time management, and have worked ahead, you’re ready to take some time for yourself and practice self-care! When you start feeling overwhelmed with everything there is to do, remember the holidays are meant to be a wonderful time with loves ones.

Eating healthily and getting enough sleep are two important ways to practice self-care in the holiday season. With all the evidence showing the negative effects of not getting an adequate amount of sleep, don’t be tempted to skip sleep just to get things done. It can be a challenge for everyone to eat healthily during the holidays because we’re surrounded by good food and sweets. It may seem easier to eat whatever is available, but eating healthily will help keep your energy up.

You may have a million and one things to do, but remember to take time for yourself to relax and refresh your energy. If you’re struggling to find self-care time, schedule it on your calendar to ensure it gets done. It may not seem productive to “do nothing”, but taking time to rest will make you feel significantly better. If you’re completely overwhelmed, don’t forget you can say “no” to some activities.

Balance School, Work, and Life with OVCT

Our career-focused college degrees are designed to work with your busy life, making it easier to balance school, work, and family life. At Ohio Valley College of Technology, we offer fast track career training, small class sizes, personalized attention, and hands-on learning to help you start a rewarding career.

Learn more about our fast track Nursing, LPN to RN Bridge, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Business Administration programs and request information today to start your journey to a rewarding new career!

The Growing Medical Industry in Columbiana County

The healthcare industry continues to grow across the country and the same is true in Columbiana County. With an increased number of people who now have access to medical care, and an aging population, the medical industry is projected to continue expanding well into the future.

Healthcare providers are consistently hiring professionals at all levels to keep up with the increasing demand for medical services. This includes students and recent graduates who are just starting their careers, and professionals with many years of experience.

With the ever-increasing demand for medical professionals, there are more opportunities for entry-level candidates to get in on the ground floor and achieve their career goals in the medical field.

Increasing Demand for Medical Professionals

With more people using healthcare services, local employers need an increased number of qualified professionals to meet the growing demand. Hospitals, doctor’s offices, labs, and clinics need employees who have the education, certifications, hands-on skills, and experience to get the job done.

Locally, private and solo healthcare practitioners are merging into larger group practices. This allows healthcare providers to provide a high level of care and positive patient experience because they now have general practitioners and specialists all under one roof.

Partnerships with Local Employers

At OVCT, we work hard to provide well-trained, qualified professionals to the growing healthcare industry in the tri-state area. “OVCT meets the needs of the growing medical industry by building relationships with local healthcare providers,” said Scott Rogers, OVCT Campus President.

“We have an advisory board of medical industry professionals who advise us on curriculum content that is necessary to produce highly employable graduates,” said Scott. Our curriculum is designed to give OVCT students the exact skills, education, and certifications needed by local healthcare employers.

To provide students with hands-on experience, we also partner with local healthcare employers so students can complete an externship while in their programs. Heritage Valley Health System, River Valley Health Partners, and Trinity Health System are just a few of our local healthcare partners.

In-Demand Medical Programs

OVCT offers students the opportunity to earn degrees in various in-demand medical programs including Nursing, LPN to RN Bridge, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Dental Assisting.

Nursing 

Nursing Growing Medical Industry

With our direct admission Nursing program, students can start on their way to becoming a registered nurse. “Students are admitted directly to nursing courses, rather than being required to take multiple prerequisites before applying to their program,” said Scott.

“Furthermore, evening and weekend class and clinical scheduling provides more flexibility for students,” said Scott. This allows students to graduate in as little as 24 months and start their careers much sooner than if they had attended a traditional university.

As part of our in-depth nursing program, students are required to complete clinicals at local healthcare providers like East Liverpool City Hospital, Trinity Medical Center, and Akron Children’s Hospital.

LPN to RN Bridge 

Nursing_LPN Growing Medical Industry

The LPN to RN Bridge program provides students with a clear path to becoming an RN, because OVCT recognizes the skillset that LPNs already possess. In this direct admission program, an LPN can become an RN in only 16 months because they don’t waste time taking classes they don’t need.

With clinical rotations at local employers like Alliance Community Hospital, Heritage Valley Health System, and Vista Center, students are prepared for a successful career as a nurse.

Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration 

MA Growing Medical Industry

Our Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration programs prepare students to work in a variety of medical facilities. Medical Assisting students are trained to provide high-quality medical care in areas like taking vital signs, checking vision, performing lab tests, drawing blood, and more. The program also prepares students for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant certification.

MOA Growing Medical Industry

Medical Office professionals keep healthcare offices running smoothly so local patients receive the best care possible. Students are trained in areas like basic coding, electronic health records, billing, scheduling, and more. While in the program, students are also prepared for valuable certifications, including Certified Billing and Coding Specialist and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant.

Dental Assisting 

DA Growing Medical Industry

As part of our Dental Assisting program, students learn the hands-on skills and gain the experience necessary to succeed in dental careers. Externships are completed at local providers like Refresh Dental, Aspen Dental, Complete Dental Care, Dentistry for Children & Teens, and Precision Orthodontics, and many have also hired OVCT Dental Assisting graduates.

Students prepare for the Nationally Registered Certified Dental Assistant (NRCDA) certification, which provides verification to employers of the skills graduates have learned. In addition, students are also prepared for the dental radiography certification in their respective states.

Jump Start Your Medical Career

“If you want to work in the medical industry in the tri-state area, do it now! There has never been a greater opportunity to establish a solid career in the medical profession,” said Scott when asked what advice he has for someone who wants to get into the healthcare industry.

At OVCT, we work hard to get people into their dream careers and make a positive impact on the growing medical community in the tri-state area. OVCT graduates are working in all aspects of the local medical profession to provide quality healthcare to residents of the local area. We truly believe in empowering our students to succeed in their careers and make a difference in the lives of others.

Are you ready for a healthcare career that allows you to make a difference and positively impact people every day? Classes are starting soon, so request information now to get started!

Special Graduation Ceremony for OVCT Student Courtney McKinnon

Every student dreams of their graduation day, walking across the stage, in their cap and gown, with loved ones in the crowd cheering them on.

For Ohio Valley College of Technology student Courtney McKinnon, the dream of her parents seeing her graduate college almost didn’t happen.

Special Graduation Ceremony for OVCT Student Courtney McKinnon

Courtney found out that her father’s stage 4 cancer had spread to his brain. Scheduled to graduate in August with her class, Courtney was worried that her father would not make it to her graduation to see her walk across the stage.

Courtney shared her concerns that her father may not make it to graduation with OVCT’s Career Management Director, Courtney Martin. Always willing to help her students out, Martin knew she had to do something.

“My first thought was, ‘What can we do? We have to do something. What can we do to make something happen that’s going to help the situation?’ so I went into my office, pulled a couple of my work studies and some of the student government members, and we just talked it out,” Martin said in an interview with WYTV.

Courtney got a text from Martin asking her to come to her office at 11:55am the next day. When she arrived, there was a cap and gown waiting for her. Courtney walked through the OVCT campus in front of faculty, staff, and other students, and received her diploma.

The most amazing part of Courtney’s special graduation ceremony is that it was live streamed on Facebook, with her father and mother watching on the other end.

“Mom said he smiled and then I walked in and showed him my degree. He gave me a hug and everything, told me that he loved me, that he was proud of me,” said Courtney in a WYTV interview. Later that same evening, Courtney’s father passed away.

“For those of you who saw my graduation video and sent me a ton of gratitude with it, I just want to inform you that it was not my actual graduation. I still have a few more months of school to go. My wonderful OVCT family set up a ceremony for my family and I, so my dad could watch me walk and get my degree, since we knew he wasn’t going to make it until August. I had been persistent about walking in August so he could see it,” said Courtney in a Facebook post about the event.

Courtney got to achieve her dream of walking in graduation with her parents watching, proud of what she has accomplished.

“I cannot express how much I appreciate what they did for my dad. It was literally that night after he saw the video that he was gone. He was able to see me in a cap and gown, and he saw me receive my degree,” said Courtney.

She continued, “When they say their motto is ‘WE CARE’, believe me, they actually do. They threw together the whole celebration in a single day with the faculty and students there. I feel like I’ll never be able to thank them enough for what they did. My dad was always telling me how proud he was of me and always asking about school. I know he’s proud of me, and they made it so he saw that my hard work paid off. OVCT is by far the best school you could ever attend.”

Our OVCT family is honored that we were able to give Courtney and her family this special graduation ceremony. Thank you to Ms. Martin and everyone else involved!

Hometown Hero brings special graduation to student with terminally ill father

Giving Back to the Community . . . A Story in Success with OVCT Graduate Brook Faulk

A Story in Success with OVCT Graduate Brook Faulk
Emily Ramm (l) and Marcy Sinsly (r) meet with OVCT alumna Brook Faulk (center) at Jamby Styles, her family’s store in Lisbon, Ohio.

Current OVCT business students, Marcy Sinsley and Emily Ramm, had the pleasure of interviewing OVCT Alumni and local business owner Brook Faulk. Brook is the owner and operator of Dashing Divas and Jamby Styles of Lisbon, Ohio. Dashing Divas is a second-hand clothing boutique with new clothes from their own brand, Jamby Styles. Jamby Styles is a wholesale clothing company. They always strive to provide impeccable customer support to their clientele and to sell quality products at affordable prices. Marcy and Emily had the privilege to tour both stores and learn about Brook’s business operations.

A Story in Success with OVCT Graduate Brook Faulk
Brook Faulk displays some of the products at the store in Lisbon.

While on tour of both stores, OVCT students asked Brook about her experiences at OVCT. Brook started out explaining why she chose this school saying, “I chose OVCT because I wanted to go to a college that was close to home. I had recently attended another local college and my credits were transferable, which were a great addition. Upon my registration and tour of the facility, the staff was extremely knowledgeable, and everyone was great. The school program itself was only two years long, but with my previous credits, my journey at OVCT was even shorter to get my Associate Degree. One thing I really liked about OVCT was the smaller size classrooms. I am a visual learner, and this gave me more of a one-on-one experience with my teachers.”

When asked why she chose the business program she said, “I chose OVCT’s business program because it’s one of the top programs in Columbiana County. They have a great success rate for after-graduation hiring. I also had a passion for running my own business. I had recently started Dashing Divas Boutique and I was eager to learn new things to grow my business. Dashing Divas was a rather new business when I started to attend OVCT. During my time as a student, I was able to learn how to market my business to the right clients. I also learned how to manage my finances and budget my funds. Seems like an easy task, but learning how to not overspend on inventory was a major plus and it left room to advertise.”

A Story in Success with OVCT Graduate Brook Faulk
Marcy Sinsley (l) and Emily Ramm (r) show off their free leggings received while on tour of Dashing Divas and Jamby Styles.

When discussing her time in school we asked who her favorite teachers were, “Mr. and Mrs. Grimes were by far my most favorite teachers. They cared about their students and took the time to get to know them. Because of them, I have learned to be a successful business owner.”

A Story in Success with OVCT Graduate Brook Faulk
The oldest operating elevator in the State of Ohio at Jamby Styles in Lisbon.

After giving Marcy and Emily a full tour of the Jamby’s building, which includes the oldest operating elevator in the state of Ohio, we learned that people from all over come to the store just to view and ride this historic elevator. Brook explained what she was most proud of as a business owner. “Fast forward to 2019 and to a new location, we have grown tremendously. Not only have we created a separate clothing brand that is known worldwide, we have over 700 consignors and new items arriving weekly. We also have customers that drive over two hours one way to visit our store. We have become a staple in our hometown.”

A Story in Success with OVCT Graduate Brook Faulk
Donated coats available for the community at Dashing Divas Consignment.

Brook and her family have contributed a lot to the Lisbon community. With how much she does, we asked if she had anything planned for the upcoming holidays quickly approaching? She replied, “Lisbon is our home and I have always wanted to make an impact. With the help of the community and the Lisbon Fire Department, we created an operation called Under Wraps. Last year, we provided 106 children in Lisbon, Ohio with a Christmas to remember. Over $10,000 worth of items were collected from friends, family, business owners and individuals in the community. Sometimes people need help and most of the time they do not want to ask for it. Times are tough during the holidays and if we can help ease the burden, that’s exactly what we are going to do. It’s an anonymous operation that delivers toys and clothing on Christmas Eve. This year we have collected over $2,000 of toys already and over $1,000 in monetary donations. I am the only one that knows every detail about each child. I see many kids in our community that need this. Nothing warms your heart more than when you go to drop your child off at school and the child you bought for is wearing the new winter coat and sparkly shoes with the biggest smile on their face.”

Emily and Marcy shared how humble Brook is, and how much she contributes to the community, which changes people’s lives. Brook is truly an inspiration and a real leader in the Columbiana County area. It was incredibly gracious of her to take the time to open up her business to our students and share her success story with them. Thank you again, to OVCT Business Administration program alumna Brook Faulk for the hospitality she provided to our students and for changing the lives of so many families in the area!

Thankful for Our Students

At Ohio Valley College of Technology, our purpose is to empower change by creating opportunity for each and every student that walks into our campus. We strive to provide all students with the education, training, and skills to achieve career success.

We offer fast track training programs in Nursing, LPN to RN Bridge, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Business Administration, providing students with the best start possible to their careers. We are honored to have the ability to offer these programs to students, enabling them to start their careers in months, not years.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are sharing what we’re most thankful for at OVCT: our students!

Check out some of our top student moments from this past year!

Hands-On Skills

Our college degrees include hands-on training, so students are prepared to excel while on the job. Check out our nursing, medical, dental, and business students practicing valuable, hands-on career skills.

Earn Professional Certifications

Congratulations to our medical, dental, and business students who passed their certification exams and are now certified professionals, making them even more valuable to employers!


 

Student Experience

At OVCT, we provide an awesome student experience, so you can have fun while preparing for a successful career. Check out some of the amazing things about OVCT, including welcoming new students, campus visits from local employers, classroom activities like building medical offices, giving back with Give a Kid a Smile Day, student government, celebrating World Kindness Day, and graduation.

 

Events and Community

Participating in the community with events for OVCT staff, students, family, and friends is an important part of our WE CARE atmosphere. Check out some of our fun events from this past year like Halloween, Spirit Week, Splash an OVCT Instructor Fundraiser, Lisbon’s Johnny Appleseed Festival, the 2019 Community Career Fair, and 2019’s Boatsies Boxes Inc. Stockings for Soldiers campaign.

 

Join Us Today

Want to jump start your way to a meaningful new career? Join us at Ohio Valley College of Technology for our WE CARE family atmosphere, small class sizes, personalized attention, hands-on training, and more. Request information today to get started!

LinkedIn 101: How to Advance Your Career Using LinkedIn

In today’s digital and social world, LinkedIn is more valuable than ever for advancing your career. According to LinkedIn, there are over 645 million users in more than 200 countries worldwide, so regardless of where you are, or the type of job you are trying to get, LinkedIn can help make it happen!

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network and a combination of your living resume, a place to network with other professionals, a search engine for job opportunities, and a platform to show your professional expertise. Read on as we share exactly how to advance your career using LinkedIn!

LinkedIn 101: How to Advance Your Career Using LinkedIn

Create Your Profile

The first step to advancing your career with LinkedIn is to create your profile. Your profile serves as your living resume and allows you to show off your education, experience, skills, and more. Having a professional looking and complete LinkedIn profile is essential when applying for jobs using LinkedIn. Here is a list of things to include in your LinkedIn profile to optimize it for advancing your career:

  • Photo – Add a professional looking headshot to help you stand out from others.
  • Name – Add your first and last name so you can be easily found.
  • Headline – Add a headline that describes what you do or want to do, such as “Medical Assistant”.
  • Location – Add your current location, or the location of where you’re trying to get hired.
  • Contact Information – Add your email address, your phone number if you want to, and the link to your website or portfolio if you have one.
  • Background Image – Use a professional background image that is relevant to your career and field, such as a photo of you with happy patients if you’re in the healthcare field.
  • About – Write and include an about section that tells the story of where you are in your career, including your experiences so far and where you want to go in your career.
  • Experience – Add all relevant experience including the company, job title, dates you worked there, and a short description of your job.
  • Skills – Add all your professional skills, including both hard and soft skills.
  • Education – Add the school, degree, and years attended for each degree you have earned.
  • Licenses and Certifications – Add the name of the credential, issuing organization, and dates valid for each license and certification you hold.
  • Volunteer Experience – Add volunteer experience you have, including the organization, your role, and a short description.
  • Accomplishments – Add professional and personal accomplishments, including courses, projects, published articles, awards, and any additional languages you speak.

As you’re creating your LinkedIn profile, you must optimize it for the specific keywords that recruiters and hiring managers would use when searching LinkedIn for job candidates. Use these keywords in various sections of your profile to make yourself appear more in LinkedIn searches.

Build Your Network

In addition to serving as your living resume, LinkedIn is a great place to build your network and connect with other professionals. If you’re just starting out in your career, you may not have a huge network yet, so begin by adding people you already know.

Import the contacts from your phone and email provider, such as Gmail, and send connection requests to everyone on these lists. Connect with your teachers, other students, and alumni of your school, and with supervisors and coworkers from previous jobs.

Follow companies that you’re interested in working for or that operate in your industry, so you’re first to see the jobs they post. Join LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your field, as this allows you to meet and build relationships with other professionals in your field.

Ask for Recommendations

Positive, glowing recommendations are the shining star to your LinkedIn profile. They show potential employers that you’re great at your job and people value you as a professional.

If you’re just starting your career or don’t have a lot of professional experience yet, there are still people you can go to for recommendations. Ask previous supervisors and coworkers that you have positive relationships with, even if the experience was in another field.

If you’re currently enrolled in school, ask your teachers, people at your externship site, and other students to give you a recommendation on LinkedIn. Other students can vouch for your work ethic, positive attitude, teamwork skills, and more.

Share Content and Engage

LinkedIn gives you the perfect opportunity to share your professional expertise with the world. Articles you write, videos you create, photos you take, and any other relevant content is great to share. You can share content from other people and pages as well, such as sharing a post from your school.

Liking, commenting, and engaging on LinkedIn will help you build positive relationships with other professionals. Other ways you can engage are congratulating those who get promotions or change jobs, and reaching out to people individually. For example, you could reach out to hiring managers with questions when applying for jobs, which can start a relationship and show your enthusiasm.

Search for Job Opportunities

Using LinkedIn to search and apply for job opportunities can get you on the fast track to your career. Job seekers can search based on many different criteria, such as job title, keyword, date posted, job type, location, company, industry, job function, experience level, and benefits offered.

When applying and interviewing for jobs, research and connect with hiring managers and recruiters. This shows you have taken time to do your homework and you can use the information you learned about them in your interview.

Under the Career Interests section in LinkedIn, click the button to let recruiters know you’re open to new job opportunities, and complete your job preferences including the title, location, and job type. Doing this makes your profile stand out to recruiters when they’re searching for candidates and increases your chances of receiving messages from recruiters.

Put Your Career On The Fast Track

Now that you know how to advance your career using LinkedIn, get the education and training needed to begin your career. Request information or call (330) 385-1070 today to get started!

YOUR NOT-SO-TYPICAL RESUME AND COVER LETTER ADVICE

By: Courtney Martin

When faced with the challenge of writing a resume and cover letter, many job-seekers feel overwhelmed or at a loss. However, by breaking these documents down into specific and focused targets, writing becomes much easier because it has purpose and direction.  The first step requires a change of perspective. Before you begin writing, it is imperative to get into the mindset of the employer you will be submitting your resume and cover letter to. To do this, you have to understand that they utilize your professional documents to assess and determine what many human resource professionals call the “K.S.A.E”, or, your applicable knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences. Knowledge encompasses your familiarity with your field and the ability to apply what you know effectively. Skills and abilities refer to the field-specific hard skills you can contribute and the soft-skills you have to support those skills. Experience factors in professional, work, volunteer, and educational experience that has helped you develop the various professional, soft, and transferable skills that you can utilize in the field.  Thus, the next step is to do your research on their website and within the specific job description to determine their position specific “wants” and “needs”, or, the specific K.S.A.E they require or prefer. Once you identify these, you have specific talking points that will help guide what you write and ensure that you are focusing precisely on the content that will sell you.

YOUR NOT-SO-TYPICAL RESUME AND COVER LETTER ADVICE

Next, you have to understand the purpose of each document in comparison to one another and how they support your job search. The resume, in its simplest form, is not a regurgitation of your work history. Rather, it is your own personally branded marketing flyer. Here is an interesting way to think about it: If you go to the pharmacy to purchase medicine to help a cough you more-than-likely would not buy an antacid. That is because antacid does not treat or help the specific symptoms you have and would ultimately be a waste of your time and money. Instead, you would look for a medicine with specific keywords on the label, such as “cough-suppressant”, “decongestant”, “mucus reliever” etc., because those types of medicines will target your symptoms and will meet your needs. Many recent graduates assume that because they have their degree they are automatically qualified for a position, but that is not the case. Just like our example, where not every medicine is the right medicine for the problem, not every candidate is the right one for the job. When looking at candidates, an employer is looking to invest their time and money in the one who best meets their needs.

In conjunction with the resume, the cover letter provides a job-seeker the opportunity to add a more human and personal introduction to who they are as a professional, as a means to entice the employer to refer to their resume and consider you for an interview. It should not repeat what is on your resume; instead, the cover letter expands on it, incorporating additional skills and character traits. Whereas the resume is a streamlined marketing flyer of your K.S.A.E., the cover letter is your means to pitch yourself and why you are qualified for the job.

One of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make is taking a lazy approach in developing their professional documents. This includes “blanket bombing” employers with the exact same resume and cover letter for every single document. This strategy will only lead to disappointment and missed opportunities. Your resume and cover letters are fluid documents that need to adapt to each individual job because each has their own unique criteria, job requirements, and desired K.S.A.E. By tailoring your documents, you will more successfully be able to demonstrate to employers that you are the precise qualified candidate they are seeking. Additionally, it demonstrates that you are willing to put forth effort and critical thinking, two indicators of your potential future success with their organization.

Lastly, get out of the mindset that resumes and cover letters are “one-and-done” documents. You cannot expect to sit and type up a resume and cover letter in one quick sitting. Both take patience and at least two drafting sessions, starting with a “vomit draft” where you brainstorm and get your ideas out and cultivated through careful review and polishing to develop finalized professional documents. It is important to remember that during the job search, perception is reality. What an employer sees is what they assume they will get. Before formally uploading or submitting your final resume and cover letter, be sure to take some time to reflect and consider what impression your documents are making. Do they have purpose and job specific K.S.A.E.? Do they present you as a competent and likable professional in your field? Do they sell you? Remember, a resume and cover letter with direction will allow you to focus on the talking points that will help you stand out and show the employer you are the right person for the job.

Samantha Shallcross – Student Highlight

Samantha Shallcross - Student Highlight
First time college student Sam Shallcross began Dental Assisting classes in August at Ohio Valley College of Technology. Sam is a 2019 graduate of Ambridge High School where she was active in concert, marching, jazz, and steel band. Sam chose to attend OVCT because of the “small classes, more one-on-one experience, and family environment.” Sam says that she always wanted to help people and her career choice gave her the opportunity to do that.  She says she wants to be able to “make people feel better especially when they don’t want to be there (at the dentist).”

When asked about her experience so far at OVCT, Sam says that she loves both Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Stine and that her favorite class is Student Success Strategies, because what they have done in class is “relatable to me.”  Sam’s ideal job after graduation is to work as an Orthodontist Assistant. In five years, she plans to be working in that position.  She also hopes to be married, starting a family, and to have dogs and a home of her own.

Sam says that she would recommend OVCT to a friend (and already has) because “it is such a great family environment and welcoming environment.”

Jenny Carroll – Faculty Highlight

Ohio Valley College of Technology Anatomy & Physiology instructor Jenny Carroll has been at OVCT for just over a year.  Prior to joining the OVCT faculty, Ms. Carroll was the Sports Director at the Salem Community Center.  A Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), she has a Bachelor of Science degree from Marietta College and a Master of Education degree from Heidelberg College, where she previously worked as a softball coach.

Jenny Carroll-Faculty Highlight

Ms. Carroll says that she chose to work at OVCT because “I wanted a rewarding job in which I could apply my degrees and I also wanted the opportunity to work alongside Mr. (James) Kerr.”  Her favorite part of working at OVCT is the people. “From the employees to the students, you would be hard-pressed to find a better group of people.  Everyone is so supportive, helpful and encouraging,” she says.  While she hasn’t been on campus very long, Jenny says that her favorite memory so far was having her first lecture class this summer in addition to lab courses. “It’s something I definitely won’t soon forget!”

Jenny has always had an inner need to succeed and do the best that she can in every aspect of her life.  From sports to academics and beyond, this need has pushed her to her limits and helped her achieved things she never thought possible. Ms. Carroll is most proud of her athletic and academic accomplishments throughout high school and college.  She was recognized as an Academic All-American and Athletic All-American finalist, All-Region First Team and All-Conference First Team during her time at Marietta College.  All of this was accomplished after several reconstructive surgeries that could have easily de-railed her playing career.  Her athletic accomplishments led her to being named a proud member of the Beaver Local High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Outside of campus, Jenny really enjoys traveling.  She is always up for seeing new places and trying something new.  Interestingly, she played softball in Germany and the Netherlands after finishing her college career!  Jenny says that she is “very excited to have been given the opportunity to work at OVCT and can’t wait to see what the future holds.”