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Student Groups Now Accepting Applications and New Members

Are you interested in getting more involved at Argosy University, Online Programs? If so, we have several honor societies and student groups now accepting applications and members. Getting involved in student organizations is a great way to network, make new friends, build your resume and gain additional knowledge in your field!

Sigma Beta Delta is a business honor society. Founded in 1986, Sigma Beta Delta encourages and recognizes scholarship and achievement among students of business, management, and administration. It encourages and promotes personal and professional improvement. Sigma Beta Delta is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Candidates for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees may be inducted into membership following completion of at least one-half of the degree program in which they are enrolled. Transfer students who meet the qualifications for membership may be inducted after they have completed a minimum of one term of work in the department, college or school of business in which the chapter is located. Learn more about joining here!

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honor society inviting high-achieving first and second year students. It recognizes scholarship, leadership and service. NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Undergraduate candidates must successfully complete credits equivalent to a minimum of one term of full time study, but no more than half the number required for completion of the bachelor's degree requirements. Students must be in their first or second year of study when they apply. In addition, students must achieve at least a 3.4 GPA. Learn more about joining here!

The American Criminal Justice Association’s goals are to improve criminal justice through educational activities, to foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies, and to promote professional, academic and public awareness of criminal justice issues. Learn more about joining here!

The Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management (http://www.shrm.org), is accepting applications for business or psychology students who are interested in HR. Learn more about joining here!

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The Rise of Cloud Computing and the Demand for IT Professionals

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Whether you are new to the field or looking to move up in your IT career, it's important to stay on top of big changes, innovations and movements within the industry. Right now, in the world of information technology, the attention is on cloud computing.

Cloud services and cloud providers are proliferating and offering advantages to businesses of all kinds, helping them to save time and money by upgrading to new, cloud-based data management resources. Cloud systems help to save costs by making critical software available over the web and cutting down on internal IT maintenance workloads.

What is the cloud?

Essentially, cloud computing refers to the practice of using distributed systems to host data and information in a remote network destination. Having this kind of distributed infrastructure allows cloud vendors to let clients back up their data easily and effectively, while also providing some unique security and accessibility benefits—including that clients no longer need to build physical networks within their own offices, but can still access their data whenever they need it.

Demand for Information Technology Professionals

Cloud computing and cloud hosting systems truly support the idea of web-delivered services – in the old days, companies had to purchase software services by installing and licensing individual products. These days, it’s much more common for executives and others to simply sign up online for the services that they need and have those services delivered directly into a company IT system by vendors.

What all this means is that as cloud computing continues to grow in popularity, companies will require knowledgeable professionals to select, implement and manage these new technologies. According to research sponsored by Microsoft in 2012, the demand for jobs related to cloud computing will grow 26% a year through to 2015. They also reported that 7 million cloud-related jobs could be created by 2015. (See more of the facts and figures here!)

Students interested in a career in IT should consider advancing their education and taking courses around network management and network security, particularly as they relate to cloud computing, in order to stay relevant to an ever-changing technology job world.

Learn about the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and the Associate of Science in Information Technology degree programs at Argosy University, Online Programs!

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Demand for Cloud-Based Skills Will Grow Rapidly
The Cloud Dividend
How Cloud Computing Works
IT Workforce Can't Meet Demand for Cloud Skills
Climate Change: Cloud's Impact on IT Organizations and Staffing

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A Guide to Addressing Employment Gaps on Your Resume

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In an ideal world, we’d all have perfect resumes filled with relevant experience and many years of continuous (and impressive) experience. As it happens, many of us do have gaps in our resumes; perhaps we took time off work to go back to school, raise a family or care for a sick relative, or maybe we were laid off due to circumstances beyond our control.

However, resume gaps aren’t the end of the world. With a little ingenuity and the ability to reframe your professional experience, you too can communicate to potential employers your value as an employee. Here’s how:

Don’t Freak Out

In the aftermath of the recession, many of us are worried--perhaps excessively so--about how our resumes appear to prospective employers. Rather than spending time and energy thinking about what’s wrong with your resume, bolster your confidence by focusing on your applicable experience and what you can offer employers. Approaching your job hunt with a positive mindset will come through in your business-related communications.

Highlight Volunteer Experience

True, you may not have spent the last year (or two) in a formal project-management role, but maybe you’ve completed related duties in a volunteer setting. Have you led a committee for a club or organization you belong to? Have you donated your time and services to your child’s school? Volunteer experience is valuable not only in that it allows you to contribute to your community, but in that it shows your ongoing dedication to your vocation. In his piece for The Ladders, Marc Cenedella writes that job seekers should include volunteer experience on their resumes because this experience “entail[s] the same skill sets you used in business.”

Focus on Your Skills, Not Your Time Away

Employment gaps are less apparent if you put more emphasis on other parts of your resume, including your knowledge, skills and qualifications. Kim Isaacs, a Monster.com resume expert, suggests starting with an Objective Statement to “summarize your goal as well as your top qualifications. This will draw attention to your selling points and downplay your work chronology.”

Explain Yourself

Your resume isn’t all potential employers consider when assessing your employability. The cover letter is a powerful tool for communicating your skills, career goals and attitude. According to write.com, crafting a positive cover letter can work to your advantage. Instead of focusing on what you haven’t done, write.com advises that you “talk about what you have done in your life to stay ready to work, and how your experiences have prepared you for the position to which you are applying.”

By following these tips, you’ll not only gain a new perspective on your job hunt: you’ll increase your marketability as well!

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