The Zoom Boom

In response to the changing needs of 2020, the use of Zoom and other online communication platforms has skyrocketed. As we attempt to navigate new ways to exchange information, there will be trial and error. What have we learned so far? Here’s a quick list of considerations to make if you are studying, interviewing, or conversing online.

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Meet Your Coach

Get to know Jen Denton: your resident student success coach at Essential Education! 

Jen has helped students in their educational efforts for over 20 years. After obtaining her Master’s in Multicultural Education from National University in San Diego, Jen began her teaching career in Indio, CA. Here she had the unique opportunity to serve a diverse group of elementary-aged students during the day, and teach English as a second language to many of their parents and neighbors in the evenings.  

Jen moved to the East Coast in 2005, where she continued her work as a classroom teacher, family advisor, and school administrator. She has had the pleasure of partnering with students from 4 to 74 years of age, coast to coast! Jen continues that service with Essential Education, as she provides hard-working students (like you) with the skills and resources they need to succeed in study, work, and life.


Connect with Jen and Essential Education’s growing community of students in an upcoming live coaching session soon. Sign up today!

Bodies Speak Volumes

As job-seekers begin their search, one crucial step is to prepare for interviews with a potential employer. Many often wonder what they will say or how they will verbally respond to possible questions or hypothetical situations. This is a valuable exercise. But few stop to consider the importance of their body language in an interview situation. 

Excitement, nerves, fear, doubt, and curiosity are normal human responses to stressful or unknown situations. Even in silence, people communicate a range of emotions without saying a word. The following are key considerations to make when fully prepping for what is said in a job interview.

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Hard Work Pays Off

When it comes to work ethic, you may have heard the phrase, “get your hands dirty.” In short, it means putting your best effort forward despite any temporary pain or discomfort it might cause. 

Are you willing to work hard to get the job done?

This type of diligent work ethic is required when it comes to studying for and passing your high school equivalency exam, but it’s also an in-demand job skill. Employers want employees who will work with perseverance in their daily responsibilities. Hard workers stand out among other candidates and are highly valued for the effort they are willing to put into their duties.

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Presenting Your Best Self

The phrase, “presenting your best self,” is tricky, because for some it makes them feel as if they are being asked to be “fake” or pretend to be something they are not. This is not the case! Showing someone your “best self” is nothing more than highlighting what makes you special and demonstrating the unique skills you have to offer. This is essential in interviewing for a new job and making a good first impression.

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“Computer Skills Required.”

If your mental image of a computer is outdated, most likely your skills are too! Don’t fret. All you need is a tune up…and here’s why: Computer skills are not only in demand, they are required for most good paying, rewarding jobs.

In Essential Education‘s recent article, Why Computer Skills are Key for Jobs, the author notes, “according to a study by Burning Glass Technologies, almost 8 out of 10 middle-skill jobs require computer skills like using spreadsheets and word processors. Without computer skills, your job choices are much more limited.”

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“Do YOU have any questions?”

In a recent post we provided a list of commonly asked interview questions. Did you know that it’s just important to ASK questions when pursuing a job?

Asking specific, well-thought-out questions based on your knowledge of the company or position shows that you’ve done your research and are fully engaged in the process. It makes you a stand-out candidate with something to say. Not sure what to ask?

Here’s a list of questions to consider in an interview:

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