Increased Data Breaches Calls for Demand to Protect Customers

Data BreachesWith the rise in data breaches in the past few years at big companies like Target, Home Depot, and JP Morgan Chase — to name but a few — questions are being raised if they are doing enough to protect the public’s privacy.  Faced with traditional hacking methods as well as the novelty of technologies such as RFID, what can companies do to decrease the threat and offer some sort of comfort to themselves and their customers?

  1. Watch the apps you download: As a growing amount of apps pop up that we think make our lives easier. These apps may make your phone more vulnerable and you will never know because your phone will function the same. One of my favorite apps on my phone and my computer is LastPass. With this program installed on your phone and computer you only need one master pass word to log in, then let LastPass do the rest!
  2. Get the Cloud: This technology allows companies to move data through an always online and available platform. With the help of a reputable cloud provider, existing IT infrastructures can be integrated with cloud platforms. This way the company won’t have to spend the extra money to revamp or replace their existing physical hardware.
  3. Have a plan for terminated employees: Face it employees will leave, lose their computers or have their information stolen while surfing the web. There are so many applications that we can install on mobile devices and computers that will allow you and your staff to lock and wipe data in case of loss, theft or employee termination. Call it the lose it, lock it and wipe it plan!
  4. Keep your remote employees safe: With the rise in commuting employees using their phones, and lap tops to access work e-mail and company data. It might be a good idea to have them use a virtual private network (VPN) to connect. This is a secure connection that all remote employees use to log into the companies network. This safeguard tracks all data coming in and out of the network along with your lose it, lock it and wipe plan for terminated employees.
  5. Beware of Malware: We could write an entire blog on how to keep malware out of your system. Just be aware of shady new software installs, random pop-ups or error messages. Don’t open e-mail from people you don’t know, get rid of all of the SPAM in your files and make sure your PC is up to date and secure. Above all behave yourself online! There is an old saying “Curiosity killed the cat.” Use your common sense and your natural sensor in your gut that tells you something feels unsavory or dicey.

Top priority is keeping your company’s, customer’s and employee’s information safe and secure. Remember, World Education.net and our accredited universities provides career training courses with certification in many IT security careers that will allow you to learn many of these needed skills. These courses teach students about information security governance, risk management, security program development and security incident management. Many of our IT programs includes a certification voucher as well and can be completed in 6 months to a year.

To find out more on our online career training programs go to www.worldeducation.net and live chat with our admissions team or call us at 1-855-201-6910.

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Military Spouse Resume Mistakes- How to Avoid Them

Resumes That Get the Interview

Resumes That Get the Interview

There are some common mistakes that most military spouses will make on their resume. As a military spouse you likely take on many duties every day, especially as you try to improve your career skills. One taxing chore that can be tough to keep up with is creating/updating your resume. .  Given how busy you are, we want to help you with this task so you can keep your resume out of the “pile” that most will end up in.   So take heed of these simple rules to create a solid resume that will get you the interview.

  1. Exaggerating your credentials: What?! Everyone does it right? You see the gaps or descriptions of job duties and feel you have to exaggerate your experience, talents or titles. What this really means is simple: you don’t like your current resume, so it is time to revise it. Revising does not mean exaggerating, it just means providing clarity. Think back to your time at these jobs, did you receive any awards? Work on any special projects? What work was critical to making the customer happy? Answer these questions and you won’t be exaggerating, you’ll be providing the important information employers want to know
  2. Thinking the title of your job will tell it all: Don’t expect HR or hiring managers to be mind readers. You need to spell out everything that you did with your past jobs. Don’t just copy and paste a job description. Try to write out a one or two sentence summary of what you did, specifically focusing on how what you did provided value to your company.       From there you’ll start to get a clearer idea of how to explain clearly what you did in your position.
  3. Sending out old resumes: Face it we all despise updating our resumes. It’s a daunting task, but keeping it up to date shows employers you care about yourself and the position you are applying for. Updating your resume has to be done and sometimes you will have two or three resumes going depending on the jobs for which you are applying.
  4. Not explaining employment gaps: A military spouse resume will likely have gaps, stemming either from having your precious kiddos to PCS-ing or even the many “hurry up and wait” situations the military will put your through. You can minimize them by using a functional style resume instead of a chronological resume. This way you can showcase your skills upfront and focus on what you can bring to the table, rather than worrying about meeting some artificial timeline.
  5. For your enjoyment only: Your resume is not for you! Sorry tough love here. Although this is a picture of your work history and is indeed only about you, this resume is for the hiring manager or HR specialist to help them see that you meet their needs to fill an open position. They want to see that what you have done will allow them to not just fill the position but be successful as well.
  6. Not tooting your own horn: Toot, Toot! This can be a tough step, many of us don’t do well when having to write down all of our accomplishments. I said this in point #2 above and I will say it again: Don’t copy and paste a job description. If you do that, you will not prove that you made the job your own. It will also show that you have zero initiative and imagination. So take some time to get into a mindset where you have extra pride in what you have done and then write out your accomplishments, it really does help.
  7. Sit and wait for a phone call back: There are likely hundreds of people out there applying for that job too. Don’t just sit there and wait. Networking is key — find a friend, neighbor or anyone that will help you put your resume at the top of the stack. Also, follow up a few days after you send the resume with a call or e-mail.

The most important thing is don’t give up! As a military spouse you have so much to offer a company even if you only have a few years’ experience.  Network as much as possible and brush off your LinkedIn account.

And remember – World Education.net provides each of our students a dedicated career coach that helps them with resume writing, interviewing skills, and networking.   We also partner with several accredited universities to offer the MyCAA scholarship to qualified military spouses.

To find out more on our online career training programs go to www.worldeducation.net/military and live chat with our admissions team, or call us at 1-855-201-6910.

Show Your Skills with Digital Badges

Digital BadgesWhen it comes to the hiring process, social media is now something many employers check out when evaluating candidates.  Whether its a LinkedIn page or Facebook profile, or even Twitter wouldn’t it be great to have your education institution endorse you for the skills you have learned with digital badges?

For many adults, the idea of a “badge” comes with memories of our childhood as a Boy Scout or Girl Scout. We had to earn each badge by completing a task and demonstrate our knowledge and skill. We then handed that badge over to our mom or grandmother to sew onto our vest so we could display with pride. What if there was an opportunity as an adult to earn knowledge and skill badges with the ability to digitally display for all to see? With Digital Badges from World Education.net and our accredited university partners you can do just that!

Digital Badges are a way of displaying the skills you possess based on the courses you have completed, think of it as your own portfolio.  Your skill badges are issued by your education institution, so it is your own university that is vouching for you.  You can download your digital badges as you complete your courses.  They are stored in your “Backpack” online, and from there you can share them via Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and of course Facebook.

World Education.net and our university partners are committed to enhancing your value and this is another tool we provide to help you succeed in the modern workplace.  You can contact our Admissions team today to learn more on how Badges can help you verify your skills to employers.  Contact us toll-free at 855-201-6910 or via Live Chat at WorldEducation.net. Don’t forget to ask about our scholarship opportunities!

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