Online University Lowdown has an excellent article on the 25 best colleges for nerds and some of the cool courses being offered at these colleges.

From colleges with video game design majors to artificial intelligence, to majors in ‘ethical hacking’, colleges around the world are starting to appeal to the nerds in all of us.  This list of 25 courses and programs offered at colleges around the world identifies some of the nerdiest coursework, starting with the most obvious, and winding up with the most obscure…

Note: Most of the courses listed below are full 4 year courses. Also, clicking on the links below will take you straight to the course listing whether at physical universities or online schools. A lowdown according to them …

# 1: Game Software Design and Production at DigiPen Insititute of Technology

# 2: Ethical Hacking at the University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland and InfoSec Institute

# 3: Open Source Development at University of California Berkeley and online equivalent at University of Illinois

# 4: Cryptography at Stanford University, MIT and University of Washington

# 5: Network Security at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and an online equivalent at The American Intercontinental University

Stating Your Objective

Catch the reader’s attention by stating how you can benefit the company. An Objective statement is one or two sentences that clearly identifies the job title or career field you are seeking and describes the industry or type of company you would prefer. A well-written Objective statement demonstrates why you are qualified for the position and explains how an employer would benefit from hiring you. This statement should be concise, focused and compelling.

When preparing your resume, write your objective statement first. This will help you focus your efforts on writing the remainder of your resume in a way that demonstrates why you are qualified for the position. It will also help potential employers match your skills and abilities with the right job opening. Your Objective statement also helps a company decide who should see your resume and where it should be filed if no immediate position is available.

Insider Tip:  If you are applying for a specific position at a specific company, use the same (or similar) job title as it appears in the job advertisement. If you are applying for a variety of positions, use your Objective statement to target a specific industry or describe a more general career category. 

When to Use an Objective

If you are an experienced professional, consider using a Summary statement instead of an Objective statement (see “Should I use a Summary instead of an Objective” under Questions and Answers on using an Objective Statement in a Resume). However, if you can clearly define the position you are seeking, then an Objective statement is recommended.

Advantages to Using an Objective:

·  Assures the reader that you are focused in a particular career field.

·  Allows hiring managers to match your resume with appropriate jobs quickly.

·  Helps focus your resume to support your qualifications for a specific career.

Disadvantages to Using an Objective:

·  Prevents you from being considered for other positions you may be qualified for.

·  Requires you to spend more time developing a resume that targets each career field.

·  A broadly-stated Objective becomes meaningless and makes you seem unfocused.

How to Write an Objective Statement

When writing your Objective statement, consider how much you want to tailor or customize your resume to match the requirements of the position, as well as how widely you will need to distribute your resume. If you are applying for a targeted position that has been advertised or posted, then write your Objective to include the exact job title and ensure that your preferred type of company or industry matches the description of the company to which you are applying. 

Personal Information

Your personal contact information is the most important component of your resume. Personal information consists of all the necessary information a prospective employer would need to contact you. Make sure to include your name, address, and telephone number (including area code), at a minimum and preferably an e-mail address. List your personal information as you would like it to appear at the top of your resume. If you would like to include your middle initial or middle name, then include this information following your first name into the first field.

Insider Tip: Try adding your name in ALL CAPS or increasing the font size. This will make your name stand out more and may be more memorable to a potential employer. 

Consider including a Web site address, cellular phone number, pager number, or answering service number as an alternate means of being contacted. If you are currently employed and cannot be contacted at your current workplace, include a home or cellular number as your primary contact number instead. However, if you have a private telephone line with voicemail at your current workplace, then include your work number. Also, in certain instances your current employer will be aware that you are accepting telephone calls from prospective employers. For example, you may be involved in a merger or down-sizing activity where your employer provides outplacement and job search support.

Insider Tip: If you have professional credentials or certifications that are relevant to the position you are applying for or are required by your career, your resume should indicate this. For example, if you are a certified public accountant consider writing your name “Mark Anthony – C.P.A”. However, use your discretion when deciding whether or not to include this information on your resume, as it may be advantageous in some positions and not in others.

Lastly, if your resume is more than one page, do not forget to include your contact information on the second page.

Questions and Answers – Personal Contact Information

Should I include my work number?

If you have a direct telephone number with voicemail at your current job and are able to speak freely during a phone interview, consider including your work number. However, label this number “Work:” so that employers will know to call during the daytime. If you are contacted by a prospective employer while at work and are unable to have a private conversation, then schedule a time to return the phone call.

As an alternative to an Objective section of your resume, use a Job Target section that will call attention to the position you are seeking. A job target also provides a headline of the position you are qualified for without taking up much space on your resume.

Insider Tip: If there are several positions you are qualified for, all with similar names, then include these career fields or names on the same line as follows:

Product Marketing Manager / Brand Manager / Senior Marketing Director

Questions and Answers – Targeting a Specific Job

Should I tailor my Job Target for each position?

A resume that is tailored for each individual job opening has the highest probability of success in landing the interview. Consider targeting your resume for each company that you are seriously interested in. Minor changes to your job objective may not require a re-write of your resume. However, if your job target changes significantly, ensure that the skills, abilities and experience described in your resume demonstrate that you are qualified for the position.

Should I include a Job Target?

The majority of employers prefer to quickly determine whether you are a good fit for the position. If you are applying for jobs that directly match your qualifications, then including a headline that matches your job objective will be enough to get your resume to the right place.

Bleeding Gums School: Part dentist, part dominator, the dental hygienist tends to your teeth. The profession behind the pain.
Dental Hygienist working“You’re going to need to improve your home care,” she said through a blue paper mask. “There’s lots of bleeding.”

Of course there’s bleeding, I think. You’re scraping my gums away with a metal pick.

I cringe and grip the chair’s handles as she continues to scrape, probably encouraged by my feebly muttered, although nearly incompressible, “mmm-hmm.” I feel sharp pain as the tool gouges my gum. Instantly, my eyes well up with tears, and I can feel the warm, salty blood in my mouth. But not for long: she sucks it away. I watch as the straw-shaped vacuum turns crimson with my blood-tainted saliva.

I’m at the dentist’s office. Twice yearly, many of us trudge reluctantly to sterile offices, where we wait for minutes to half-hours after our scheduled appointment times, minding the wait but never saying anything. Then we lie there and pretend to make conversation even though our mouths are wide open and full of sucking, scraping tools that are causing us indescribable pain.

After the hygienist is done pulling at the hardened bits of whatever on my teeth, I’m instructed to rinse. I do, and spit pieces of my shredded gums into the porcelain bowl’s swirling water. Then there’s the polishing of my tender teeth, which is definitely better than the scraping but still uncomfortable. After I leave, new toothbrush and floss in hand, my mouth hurts, but gradually, it feels better. And then good, clean and healthy. How bizarre.

Not as bizarre, however, as our collective willingness to pay people to make us wait, tear our mouth apart and then berate us. In the name of oral health, we turn masochistic. And, maybe unbelievably, we go back, year after year, for more pain and discomfort.

Good Dental HygieneMaybe the healing saltwater rinses have just made me slightly bitter. Maybe I could have avoided all that with an extra minute scrubbing of my teeth, or a little more effort pulling floss between my teeth. It can’t be fun staring into neglected, bleeding mouths all day, so the lecturing is understandable, if sometimes obnoxious and condescending. I know I floss daily — if maybe inadequately — so telling me I don’t isn’t going to do much except make me defensive and bitter.

Dentists use these professionals — hygienists to clean our mouths before they look at them. Hygienists ostensibly get paid to compensate for our slacking oral care. They get to poke and scrape and polish, converse with people who have their mouths wide open and full of equipment, and then instruct patients about something they should have learned years ago. What a great job, huh? That’s not exactly on my list of things I want to do post-graduation. : College students sashay down runways and work it for the cameras between classes. It’s a tough life, being beautiful.
A Student model walks the runway at a fashion showIt’s inevitable. Whenever 19-year-old Samantha Olander goes out, she can expect stares, double takes and the question, “Are you a model?”

The embarrassed blonde-haired, blue-eyed junior at Baldwin-Wallace College usually answers, “sort of.” While many college students entertain the notion or delusion that they could be models, Olander is an exception: she balances the difficult life of being both a pre-med student and a professional model for a company in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

But it’s not easy. Olander, a 6-foot, 1-inch runway model, says a fashion show is a major time commitment. Between travel time, hair and makeup styling, fittings, breaks, rehearsal and the actual show, almost eight hours have passed. Though she says “my work is my fun,” she knows she cannot afford to model full-time — school is her job.

“Being a model is being available,” Olander said. “It’s hard for an agency to book me when I put classes before them. Once you refuse jobs [so] much, they’re not going to call you anymore.”

Even though modeling assignments in smaller markets like Cleveland can pay as much as $300 a show, entry into the industry can be expensive. A portfolio of professional pictures can cost hundreds of dollars; and they must be updated frequently. “I didn’t have the money to put into it to get what I wanted out of it,” said Olander, who finances her own education with another part-time job.

She didn’t have the time either.

“Most girls in college full-time can’t really model because it’s a day job,” said Kristi McOrmack, a spokeswoman in the marketing division of Wilhelmina Models, Inc. But college students who model “do exist,” McOrmack said. They just attend school at night, defer college for a few months, or work during holiday breaks and the summer. “The downside is that they won’t be able to work as much,” McOrmack said.

Jose Ortiz, director of new faces at Boss Models in New York City, agrees.

“It’s a major disciplinary situation but it’s possible,” Ortiz said. Models go to class very early in the morning or at night so they can make their day appointments, he said.