How to Dress for Success

You’ve heard the saying, dress for the job you want, not the job you have, but how do you actually do this? What can you do to make an awesome first impression and get your dream job?

From the moment you meet someone new, your appearance speaks for you, even if you have not yet said a word. People notice things about you like the clothes you’re wearing, your hairstyle, and the jewelry you have on, and they make assumptions about you based on these things.

So how do you make a great first impression by dressing for success? Read on as we reveal our top tips!

Dress for the Company Culture

In the business world, every organization has its own unique company culture and follows different types of dress codes. Anytime you attend a meeting or interview with a company, it’s best to align yourself with their company culture and dress code. Doing this will help present you as a good fit for the company. For example, if you’re interviewing with a bank, wear a suit because the dress code in banking is more formal than many other industries.

Before a meeting, do some research to figure out what the dress code is for the specific company. By looking your professional best, you will walk in prepared and confident! These are the common dress codes companies use:

  • Business formal –As the top level of professional dress, formal suits, solid color ties, button-up shirts, dress shoes, and dark colors are all common in this dress code.
  • Business professional – This dress code allows you to wear more color in your outfits. Dress pants, professional skirts, sports jackets, ties with patterns, and nice shirts are all acceptable.
  • Business casual –Here you can add more personality to your appearance. Shirts with colors and patterns, skirts in many colors, khakis, polos, vests, and sweaters all work for this dress code.
  • Casual –Being the most informal dress, casual allows for many different outfit choices. T-shirts, jeans, skirts, sweaters, sandals, and sneakers can all be worn in a casual dress code.

One important thing to note is to always dress up for meetings and interviews, even if a company follows a casual dress code. This will show your professionalism as soon as you walk in the door.

Dress for the Specific Event

Different career events require different types of dress. When going to a job interview, looking your professional best can set you apart from other candidates. Wearing an outfit that is business professional, picking colors that aren’t distracting, having a professional hairstyle, and not adding too much jewelry or fragrance are great to remember for interviews. You only get one opportunity for a great first impression, so make it count!

Interviews today can be completed in different ways, such as a video interview via Skype. When attending a video interview, looking professional is important, as the other person will still see your appearance. Dressing in business clothes and wearing a professional hairstyle is essential, because the interviewer will see at least the top half of you.

Events like career fairs and networking meetups require you to look professional as well. The people you meet at these events can advance your career because they may be hiring directly, have influence in hiring decisions, or can refer you to potential opportunities.

Dress for Success Tips

Dressing for success can seem overwhelming to students and new graduates who are just starting out in their careers. Being unsure about what is appropriate for the workplace and not having many professional clothes are common challenges. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Shop strategically and buy clothes that can be worn in various ways
  • Choose more solid colors because patterns can be distracting
  • Wear clothing that is work appropriate
  • Keep jewelry minimal by choosing your favorite piece and wearing that one only
  • Cover piercings and tattoos, as you want people to focus on how awesome you are, instead of wondering about the meaning of your tattoo
  • Rock a professional and clean hairstyle
  • Don’t overdo it with perfume or cologne, because others may be allergic
  • Wear professional and natural makeup looks

Remember this quote from Oscar Wilde when you’re unsure of how to dress for success: “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Jump Start Your Career

Now that you’re dressing for success, you will make a great first impression on everyone you meet!

AT OVCT, get the education and training to go with your new professional look! Jump start your career with programs in Nursing, LPN to RN Bridge, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Dental Assisting, and Business Administration. Request information now to get started!

New Year, New Career


As we begin a new year, now is the perfect time to assess and plan the next step in your career. Maybe you have been in your current job for a while and are starting to feel stuck, but don’t know how to move forward. Or maybe you’re just starting your career and don’t know what you need to do to get your dream job.

At OVCT, we love seeing our students succeed in happy, fulfilling careers, so we’re here to help! We’ve created steps you can take to help get you get there. When planning your New Year’s resolutions and goals, use these steps to help guide you to a great new career in the new year!

Get Motivated

To make a change in your life and achieve your new career goals, you must get and stay motivated on a daily basis! Motivation is the reason that someone behaves in a specific way. It’s why you get out of bed in the morning and what drives you to keep going when things get difficult. If you want a meaningful new career, getting motivated is the first step!

To increase your motivation for your new career, you have to know what exactly it is that drives and motivates you. This is different for everyone, so ask yourself what really works to motivate you. For example, you may be motivated by earning more money or providing for your family. Whatever it is that pushes you to move forward, remember this while setting your new career goals.

Learn New Skills

Now you’re inspired, motivated, and ready to launch your great new career, but how exactly can you do it? What should you do right now to set yourself up for success? The answer is learning new skills! If you’re not learning new skills in today’s constantly changing world of work, you can easily become stagnant in your career. For this reason, gaining new knowledge, skills, and experiences is the key to advancing your career.

At Ohio Valley College of Technology, our programs are designed to give you the skills and knowledge employers are looking for in candidates. You will train for a new career with hands-on learning, including real-world externships and clinicals.

Update Your Resume

Now it’s time to update your resume so potential employers have the most current information on your professional skills, education, and experience. As you create your resume, ensure it has a clean and professional look to help you catch the eye of hiring managers. Check out our previous blog post with our Top 5 Resume Tips to Get Noticed!

If you’ve made the leap to learn new skills by enrolling in a career-focused degree program, feel free to add this to your resume as well. Potential employers will see that you are serious about achieving your new career goals. Be sure to clearly state that you are still currently attending school.

Start Your Job Search

It may seem too early to begin searching for jobs while you are still attending college, but that’s actually the perfect time to start! Make a list of your preferred employers and research their open positions, hiring managers, and hiring processes. In addition, you can also follow them on social media to stay up to date on the company.

After doing this research, you will know exactly what it takes to get hired by each employer. To help you get to know the company culture better or learn more about the hiring process, feel free to reach out to your ideal employers with any questions you may have. This will give you a head start when you’re ready to apply for your new dream job!

Jump Start Your Career with OVCT

Ready to jump start your new career? At Ohio Valley College of Technology, you gain hands-on skills, expert knowledge, and real-world professional experience. Learn more about our programs in Nursing, LPN to RN Bridge, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Business Administration today. Request information now to get started!

Jessica Allen – Student Highlight

Before enrolling at OVCT, medical assisting student, Jessica Allen worked in the home healthcare industry for 8 years. She had previously started a degree program in business and accounting and realized it was not for her. Her healthcare experience showed her that the medical field was her calling, but she always dreamed of bigger and better things beyond home healthcare. Through word-of-mouth recommendations from many of her friends and family members, Jessica was excited to pursue her calling in OVCT’s Medical Assisting program. She was inspired by everyone else’s positive stories and referrals, as well as OVCT’s small class sizes and genuinely caring faculty and staff.

Jessica immediately knew Medical Assisting was exactly the program she belonged in! Her experience in healthcare was interwoven with her values and passion to pursue her career; but, her experience helping her sick mother is what “sealed the deal” for her. Jessica had spent so much time ensuring her mother was well cared for and taken to all of her appointments and chemotherapy treatments. Being able to help someone have the best quality of life and providing reassurance, comfort, and companionship fueled her heart and gave her life purpose.

Like her family and friends, Jessica quickly realized how different and special OVCT was. She states that “my favorite part of attending OVCT would definitely be that everyone treats you like you matter. From the instructors to the front office staff, everyone is so welcoming and warm-hearted that they make you feel like you’re family from the very beginning.” When asked who her favorite or most impactful instructors have been, Jessica had a difficult time choosing. “I have many favorite instructors but if I had to choose just one, I would have to say that person is Mrs. Scott. She takes her role at OVCT very seriously, but she also connects with her students on a personal level. While attending OVCT, I lost my brother very unexpectedly and if it weren’t for her I honestly don’t think I would have finished the program. She pushed me through this very dark time in my life and NEVER gave up on me! She believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself, and for that, I am forever grateful for her.” Additionally, she expressed gratitude for Mrs. Martin and Career Services stating that without her and all the other instructors “I would not be where I am at right now.  I wouldn’t have the confidence every time I got the chance to shine at work… You are amazing at what you do and the way you care about people.”

In her spare time, Jessica loves to coupon and is also the proud “momma” of her mini pig, Nellie, who “I adore and love spending time with.” She believes that her personality is her most unique trait and that it helps her connect to her patients in special ways. “It’s unbelievable what a smile and a few kind words can do for someone receiving terrible news.”

Recently, Jessica was placed at Heritage Valley Health System as a medical assistant. She did this all before she was even a graduate! When asked about her new career, she lights up!  “I actually didn’t have an “ideal job” in mind for after graduation. I honestly didn’t expect my career to take off like it has. I just always knew I wanted to do more with my abilities.” She is doing just that as she is working in a surgical associates’ office and expanding her skill set daily. Eventually, Jessica would love to become a Registered Nurse. “I know that is what I want for myself and I know I can do it. Attending OVCT has changed my life and I plan on going back to earn my RN.”

To learn more about OVCT’s family atmosphere, caring environment, and student experiences like Jessica’s, visit us today at www.ovct.edu.

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.

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