Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Health eWorkforce(HeW) Service Update

  Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Invites NOVA-MEC students and faculty to attend a

Business Networking Mixer

Meet. Share. Network.

FREE if you RSVP Monique Shelton, HEW Employment Specialist, @ or (571) 419-8743

Thursday, July 16, 2015

5:00 — 7:00 PM

Location:  7411 Alban Station Court—Suite A102, Springfield VA 22150

More info at:

  • Business Casual Attire.  Stop in for a short visit or stay the entire time!

Northern Virginia Community College Logo, NOVA LogoGreater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Promo Funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Grant #TC-23745-12-60-A-53

Resume Buzzwords to Be Wary Of

Guest post by: Erika Coddington

edited by: Germaine Andino-Rexach

A well crafted resume is the first step towards successfully selling yourself to potential employers.  While you don’t need to be a master wordsmith, you should avoid a few common pitfalls. Those include overusing common buzzwords or phrases.  The meaning you intend to convey may end up being different from that received by the employer.

Instead of utilizing worn out buzzwords that sound good, be specific. Showcase and elaborate on your accomplishments in your specific job.  Below are some commonly used buzzwords to steer away from when updating your resume:

Self Starter

Employers are going to assume that you are a self starter if you are applying for the position and it is a given that they will want that in a prospective candidate so there is no need to reiterate this on your resume.


Again, employers are going to assume that you are motivated if you are eager enough to apply and enter the applicant pool; illustrate, through your previous work accomplishments that you had motivation, rather than simply list it as a characteristic on your resume.

Responsible for

Rather than list the specific tasks that you did at each job, include the innovative action steps you took to make things happen.

Problem solver

Employers are looking to hire individuals who possess this quality so there is no need to include it on your resume. An employer will surmise that you have this qality when you apply for the job.


You can illustrate in your objective and your Skills section, your passion for the industry by drawing attention to the diverse array of patients or customers that you did and your ability to go above and beyond the call of duty to accomplish the tasks that were expected of you.


Rather than use “extensive experience”, show through the diverse positions that you had what you accomplished and be specific


This word is one of the most overused buzzwords; it is recommended that you use another word or phrase to describe how you collaborated with others in a team environment or task.

For additional guidance on resume development, contact Bridget Page at  or Erika Coddington at

For more information on this topic, visit the following link.


Featured Employer: Let Mommy Sleep

Let Mommy Sleep is a regular at our MEC Job fair and has made many connections with NOVA Graduates! We are happy to highlight this potential employer for our students.  Please visit their website for more information:

Let Mommy Sleep is the only team of elite Baby Nurses serving Northern VA, DC and Maryland, currently expanding nationwide. Our team of Registered Nurses, Newborn Care Providers (NCP) and Lactation Consultants take a team approach to care for our families transitioning from hospital to home with their newborns. We provide nurturing care to newborns and evidence based education to parents allowing new families to be confident and healthy.



Transcript evaluation- What will Transfer?

If you have attended college prior to NOVA, you should request your official transcript from each institution attended. Additionally for  Nursing applicants you should  request your high school records as well. In order to know what will officially  transfer to NOVA, you must have each transcript evaluated by the College Records Office.  Simply submit your official transcript at any campus along with a Transcript Evaluation Request form (125-049).  The process takes approximately four to six weeks.

It is pertinent that you begin this process as soon as possible.   If you have other types of transfer credit such as AP, IB , ClEP follow the same steps.

If you would like to know what will transfer to NOVA, you may use the Transfer Credit Evaluation database maintained by the College Records Office.  


Please be aware that NOVA will only accept transfer credit from other universities that have been accredited by one of the following agencies.

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Middle States
  • Commission of Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  •  Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Please note that NOVA does not accept transfer credit from schools accredited by: Association Of Independent Colleges And Universities or National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities. 




Sold Short

NOVA_HP_StartThe number one mistake you can make is never trying.  If you have met the stated requirements for a program you should submit an application. You will never be penalized for applying to many times to a program. Some years our programs are highly competitive, while in other years we accept a significant portion of our applicants. In any-case you are best served by applying when you have completed your prerequisites.

Remember never sell yourself short.

One of the questions asked by most students is how do I land that job after graduation or how will I get ready for my licensing  exams. has an excellent post, The Summer Brain Drain. It provides a list of useful tips on advancing both your academic and career goals.

The main take away is that your summer break needs to be a time to solidify your plans, and learn about your future career. They suggest taking on internships, volunteer opportunities or a part-time job in your field.

If you haven’t already, we suggest you incorporate some of their suggestions into your career goals.


Construction News June 15th- July 31 2015

Mind our dust while we go through our metamorphosis.

The MEC will undergo some needed updates and repairs over the summer. Students are advised that student services will be temporarily relocated to Room 116 on the first floor. Those familiar with our campus will recognize it as our student life office.

We are expecting the relocation to last from June 15th until July 31st.


Annandale SkillSource Center Job Fair



The Annandale SkillSource Center is hosting a job fair

Thursday, June 18

Qualified applicants should bring their résumé along and dress in their best interview attire. Employers will be onsite to meet applicants.  Don’t pass on this opportunity if you are seeking a new job.

Annandale SkillSource Center
7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite 307 W, VA, 22003

Don’t forget that Interview attire required!




For more information on how to reach this location using public transportation, visit 703-339-7200; TTY 703-339-1608 or 202-637-7000; TTY 202-638-3780.



Consider Becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Consider Becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)By: Megan Cook, OTD, OTR/L


Are you interested in a healthcare career path that is challenging, rewarding, secure, and fun? Consider a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)! Pursuing a career as an OTA is possible at the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Medical Education Campus. OTAs work under the supervision of an occupational therapist to provide rehabilitative services to individuals across the lifespan, from infants to elderly, with physical, cognitive,    sychosocial, and/or developmental disabilities. OTAs help their clients more independently be able to perform self-care, work, and play/leisure tasks in order to promote a greater quality of life. It is a truly rewarding profession for both the OTA and for the clients served! Every day OTAs get to help individuals live life to the fullest!  

If you are interested in learning more or applying to the OTA program and have not yet attended a mandatory information session, please consider attending the next sessions on Tuesday, June 9 in room 253 from 12-1:30 PM or on Tuesday, July 14 from 12-1:30 PM in room 253. Discover what a path as an OTA could be like and to see if this is the career for you! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Meg Cook, Assistant Dean of the OTA Program at  

Nutrition Tips on Exam Day

 Nutrition Tips on Exam Day

nutritionSeeking to optimize your energy on the day of a big exam? Your nutritional choices can have a significant impact on  your focus and concentration as well as you overall physical energy. Below are some tips to consider when deciding on what food choices that will best boost your brain power:

  • Avoid foods that contain white flower such as cookies, cakes and muffins. They can overtax your digestive system and lower your energy in the process. In addition, foods high in refined sugar like candy and desserts can produce drastic energy highs and lows which can interfere with optimal energy levels and cause brain fog during the “low” periods.
  • While protein is a great energy booster, stay away from eating turkey right before an exam as it contains l-tryptophan, an amino acid that can lead to sleepiness. Instead, substitute chicken, fish, nuts and seeds or beef.  When consuming protein and carbohydrates together, eating a higher proportion of protein is a good way to sustain your energy and mental focus while too many carbohydrates can lead to drowsiness.
  •  When it comes to beverages, avoid sodas or juices with high amounts of sugar to prevent sugar swings which can de-stabilize your energy. Instead, opt for plenty of water to ensure sufficient hydration and limit your intake of caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea to prevent nervousness.
  • With regard to meals, plan several small meals throughout the day rather than a few larger meals. This will ensure that you are not overloading your digestive system in one sitting; smaller, more frequent meals are less work to process while having the added benefit of giving you frequent energy boosts throughout the day. Also, carry healthy snacks for break periods during the exam such as trail mix, granola bars, nuts and seeds to stabilize blood sugar and sustain your energy.
  • Get plenty of sleep and know when to put an end to your studying for the evening to avoid burnout and to let your mind relax. Set a goal for getting 7-8 hours sleep and create a timeline for when to end studying so that you will have enough time to get ready for the day ahead and allow time for a short walk, a chat with a friend, or listening to relaxing music or movie to ensure that your mind is clear and refreshed in time for exam day.

Most importantly, whether it is a month before an exam or a day before, be sure to engage in activities that keep you physically, socially and mentally balanced on a regular basis to ensure that you are maintaining good overall well being in the face of any academic or personal challenge that comes your way.