A resume is your first chance to grab a recruiter’s attention, and you want it to be for the right reasons. When is the last time you revised your resume? Here are a few tips to help with updating your resume and making it stand out.

1. Remove the objective from your resume.

For years we were told to include an objective. Every resume had to have an objective, but that is a thing of the past for most companies. Remove the template language, “I am a hard-working professional seeking a sales position in the pharmaceutical industry,” because that should be obvious to an employer. Why else would you be applying for the job?

Instead of stating why you want the job, create a personal or professional summary to market yourself to a potential employer. Describe your experience, talents, and what value you bring to a future employer.

2. Write bullet points that help you stand out.

Think about how you performed a task, why the task was important, and the impact it had on the organization. When possible you want to include numbers or details that will give the recruiter a frame of reference. Here is a sample.

Basic bullet point:

  • Responsible for invoice payments, accounts receivable and financial analysis

Better bullet point:

  • Reduced the average days-outstanding for invoice payments from 60 days to 42 days
  • Develop revenue projections and financial analysis for the opening of five new U.S. offices

3. Make your sections stand out.

A recruiter is going to spend less than 30 seconds reviewing your resume. The average time spent scanning a resume is just six seconds. The main items a recruiter is looking for are name, what university you graduated from, and the last job you held. Make it easy for that person to find each of these sections on your resume by using lines to separate headings (e.g., education, experience, activities). You can also use bold, italics or all caps to help highlight headings.

4. Stick to one page.

We should all strive to keep our resumes at just one page. If a recruiter is spending just six seconds scanning a resume, do we really expect them to read what is on page two? A general rule is that you can add a page for every 10 years of work experience. I would still suggest that you may want to have a one page resume available even if you have 10 plus years of work experience.

5. Update your LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn is becoming more and more important for job seekers and employers. If a potential employer liked your resume, they are going to look for you on LinkedIn. Consider LinkedIn your online resume. You can take much of what is on your paper resume and put it directly into your LinkedIn profile. Make sure you have a business appropriate photo and begin connecting with people in your industry.

Brian Harrington, director of the Center for Professional Excellence
Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration


Ad_fall_2013-139-6118Cooler and crisper — that’s the way it felt this morning as I ran an errand across the quadrangle. It must be a telltale sign that fall officially begins tomorrow.

While I don’t like the shorter days accompanying fall’s arrival, I do like how it makes our campus even more beautiful as God displays his colorful handiwork.

I also like that it brings two of the biggest events on campus this semester.

Family Weekend is this Friday and Saturday. From comedian John Felts to Lady Bison and Bison soccer games to tailgating and the football game with University of Arkansas at Monticello, there will be lots of activities in which to participate. In case you haven’t heard, the 3-0 Bison football team moved up in the rankings to No. 12 in the American Football Coaches NCAA Division II poll on Monday.

The 2015 Lectureship begins Sunday evening and runs through Wednesday. With the theme “Secrets of the Kingdom: Unlocking the Treasures of the Parables,” the Lectureship under Dr. Dan Williams’ direction promises days of spiritual refreshment.

Take advantage of these activities if you can. We would enjoy having you on campus anytime this fall.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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If I was shooting an event and could only have one photo app on my iPhone, I would definitely choose the free Google app called Snapseed. Here are a few tips on how to edit photos on your phone to make them look great.

IMG_87871. Get closer to your subject. When it comes to taking a photo, don’t just zoom in close — get physically close with your phone. I mean walk yourself over closer to your subject. Taking more than one photo is also a good idea in case one is blurry, someone blinks, or another minor photo mishap occurs. Also, it is never a bad idea to make sure you don’t have a smudge or fingerprint on your camera lens, which is not hard to do on a phone.

2. Import the photo into Snapseed. Phone photos these days are really good, but it is amazing how a little touch up with an app can make a decent photo outstanding. Snapseed breaks the editing process down into two basic areas called “tools” and “filters.”


3. Give the photo some structure. I always start with the detail tab in tools and give my photos a little increase in structure, which is a cross between adding contrast and sharpness to the photo.

4. Tune the image. My next step is always to use the “Tune Image” tool  in the top left corner, and I make any needed exposure, contrast, and saturation adjustments that I need. After this step, I am usually done with the photo.

You can also select a filter where you can apply artistic effects such as making your photos look more like art or just simply turning them black and white. For the sunset below, I used the drama filter and also added a little extra saturation to make the colors pop.





Jeff Montgomery/photographer




The first home football game is this Saturday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at First Security Stadium. The football team has been practicing hard, and the HU community is excited for football season to finally kick off. If you can’t make it to the first home game of the year, here’s how to watch from home.

1. Visit streaming.harding.edu at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

2. Enjoy the game.

It’s that easy! So tune in, and cheer along with us as the Bisons take on Southern Nazarene University.

Hannah Owens, director of news services

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Mornings and I are not friends. Don’t get me wrong; mornings have a lot of great things to offer: sunrises, a moment of quiet before the day begins, and a fresh start. And I think we would all agree that breakfast foods out rank all other foods. No, it’s the whirlwind that is sandwiched between my feet hitting the floor at 5:30 a.m. and getting my little brood out the door by 7:15 that has me dreading my alarm.

Recently, I started reading about how to make the most of the morning and how to keep things relatively stress free in those first hours. Here are some of the things I’ve learned that are helping me manage the morning rush.

1. Plan ahead. I plan a week’s worth of outfits for my children and myself every Sunday afternoon. It keeps me from wasting time making those decisions in the morning. I also pack everyone’s lunch and program the coffee maker the night before and set our bags for the next day by the door.

2. Obey your alarm. When my alarm goes off, I don’t hit the snooze button. Snoozing just makes you feel sleepier when you finally do get out of bed. Also, the routine of waking up at the same time every day makes early rising easier.

3. Build in some time for yourself. I get up before the rest of my family so I can get myself ready without a lot of distractions. That way I can solely focus on getting the little ones ready when they wake up. Also in that time, I read my Bible or devotional thought. Whether it’s a couple of verses or Jesus Calling entry, it’s so nice to start the day with God’s word.

4. Set a routine. Start each day the same, and do things in a similar order each day. These cues become built into your brain, which makes it easier to remember things along the way.

5. Eat the frog. This step is more for when you get to work or actually begin your daily tasks. It means to do the thing you least want to do first — which also tends to be the biggest thing. Getting it done will not only give you a sense of accomplishment that will propel you into the next task, but it will also keep it from looming over you all day.

Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer


The students lining up outside the cafeteria on Monday were welcomed in to a newly renovated dining space, part two of Aramark’s three-year, $3 million plan for upgrading its dining services. With new cooking and service equipment, the cafeteria can offer students a wider variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options.


“We tried to design it where we can offer fresher foods in smaller batches,” said Lou Christopher, senior food service director.

One station now offers a Chipotle-style experience one week with design-your-own burritos, burrito bowls and tacos; an Asian stir-fry option the next week; and pasta dishes the week after that.

“We’re thinking of doing the burritos more often because they’ve been really, really popular,” Christopher said.


At the home station, there are smaller serving vessels that allow the food to stay fresher than if it were served in large catering trays. There is also a carving station where meats are carved fresh from the oven rather than sitting pre-sliced in a steam tray.

“We have these warmers instead of the steam wells, which allows us to be more flexible with what we serve. Over time, if we discover there’s not a need for something, we can change it up and do something different.”

The biggest change is at the end of the long serving counter. A gluten- and allergy-friendly station, sectioned off from the rest of the kitchen, offers students with dietary restrictions an easy spot to get something to eat. Additionally, there is a vegan option prepared every day.

“We also have ingredients set out so that if a student needs something specially prepared because of their dietary restrictions, they can tell the chef here and she will make something just for them.”


At the breakfast stations, diners can make their own waffles or choose from bagels, toast and muffins. A cereal bar was added over the summer, providing a variety of cereal options, milk, fruit and yogurt.

An interactive touch screen in the dining area allows students to find the nutrition facts, and smaller community tables were added.

“We spread out more,” Christopher said. “But it didn’t take much more of a footprint to do. The linear square footage didn’t change, but it really did spread everything out and keeps the serving space from getting too crowded.

Wednesday between 11:50 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., our busy time, we had 700 students come through. The line outside was long, but there were hardly any lines in here. It has helped us alleviate some of that crowding.”

With the cafeteria renovation, remodeling of the mini mart, and the popular addition of Einstein Bros. Bagels, Aramark continues to help improve dining and food services at the University.

Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer

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Photo by Mackenzie Lee

Photo by Mackenzie Lee

It was a scorching day in the middle of August. The sun was beating down on my burnt shoulders, and I was petrified. What was I thinking? Why did I come here? These people were practically strangers. Why did they care if I did this or not?

“Mackenzie, look how easy it is!” yelled a crazy person before running and jumping off the highest cliff I had ever seen at Heber Springs.

After 30 minutes of uncertainty and extreme butterflies, the encouraging words from these new friends made a difference. Somehow my planted feet left the ground, launching me through the open air and high above the lake before being submerged into the water below.

That day was the beginning of countless lessons on friendship, faith and fearlessness that came from my freshman year at Harding. Many challenges and opportunities worked together to forge me into much of the person that I am today. Old fears were conquered and new interests emerged as unimaginable doors opened.

To all of those freshmen out there wrapping up your first week of college life, I encourage you to remember these three tips to make the most out of your freshman year.

1. Keep your eyes open.
You are surrounded by possibilities. Throw away any stereotypes you may have heard about a club or event, and experience it for yourself! Always be on the lookout for different ways to get involved including service projects, intramural sports or local small groups. Make conversation with that person that sits behind you in chapel instead of looking down at your phone. Make it your mission to encourage one person each day as some of your friends may struggle with the transition to college life.

2. Embrace the all-nighters.
Developing good study habits early on is a great idea, but I can’t say I followed this piece of advice too often. Did you stay at Sonic with everyone until curfew instead of working on that stack of homework? Return to your room, make a fresh pot of coffee and learn to embrace the all-nighter. Hang out in your dorm lobby or study room with friends. The work always gets done somehow, and the memories will be priceless.

3. Savor each day.
As tempting as it may be to visit home every other weekend, choose to spend quality time with new friends instead. Your investment will pay off in dividends in the years to come. Find creative things to do around Searcy, check out one of the many great hiking trails up in the Ozarks, or spend a slow Saturday morning at Midnight Oil. Each day is a gift, and your time this year is precious. Remember to always savor each day and thank God for the gift of being able to attend a university like Harding.

Mackenzie Lee (‘14)
Director of Missouri Safe and Sober



Calls in the middle of the night are not usually good, and that was no exception for me last Friday night. I heard that Harrison Waldron was in the hospital in Pennsylvania with a serious head injury after an ATV accident. My family and I left the next day to be with his wife, Hayley, and the Waldron family.

Many have grown to love Harrison because of his fun-loving spirit or how active he was on campus or his performances in many Harding productions or because of that one time he solely directed the legendary Knights social club Spring Sing show that swept all categories in 2014. But I grew to love him as a brother many years ago when we were just the little quiet kids watching our older loud busy siblings run around us.

As I sat in the waiting room, miles and hours away from anyone’s home, I saw the love and support from family, friends, and even strangers. As I stood by his bed, I saw the harsh reality as well as God-given hope in those holding his hand. As I scrolled through social media, I saw an overwhelming amount of encouraging words. And as I listened to the prayers, I heard praise along with heartfelt pleas.

With the hope that someday Harrison will be able to see how far he has come and the love that surrounded him the whole time, Hayley expressed a desire to have photos to document this time in their lives. She wanted to be able to share a piece of it with all of those who are in constant prayer for him. As a friend and photographer, I was humbly honored to document such intimate moments.

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So many people have the heart to help and have asked how they can support the Waldrons. Harrison’s parents, Phil and Donna, are missionaries in Honduras with Mission Upreach, they have sent out a letter with ways to help.

Even in the tears there is faith that God will provide. The body of Christ is alive and well and overflowing with love. The strength and comfort is not of this world but given only through God and expressed by his supportive people.

“I am so comforted by everyone’s love and thereby experiencing God’s love and peace.” – Hayley Waldron

-Ashel Parsons (’13)
Photos by Ashel Parsons

Whether you’re beginning your first semester in Sears or ending your college career in Legacy Park apartments, moving out of your home and into your new space can seem like an overwhelming task with an underwhelming amount of square footage.

Here are a few steps to remember when packing up and picking things out:

1. If you don’t need it, leave it.
One of the biggest mistakes I made moving into the dorm my freshman year was feeling like I had to bring everything I owned in order to make the place feel like home and have access to all of my stuff. But in reality that’s exactly what it was — stuff — stuff that I had to wash, dishes I had to clean, and, of course, laundry I had to lug around. Needless to say, if you don’t need it, leave it and know that it will be waiting for you as you return home for breaks.

2. Maximize space — minimize hassle.
Before your loved ones leave you to fend for yourself and before you unload everything into your tiny closet and cabinets, make sure to find the best configuration for your room setup. Be sure to consider bunking your beds as this makes for much more floor space. Be mindful of outlets, windows and access to anything you may need before you put everything in its place.

3. Respect or regret.
Moving into a new environment with new people can be a sure shock, but to ensure a healthy living situation and a room of relaxation, respect one another’s things. If you don’t respect, you may end up with regret as your roommate may have stolen back the shoes you were planning to wear the next day.

4. Personalize and accessorize.
One of the greatest parts of moving into your room is finally having a blank space to create your own work of art or pursue your passion for studying … In my case, I was finally leaving a banana yellow room that had been the same since I was 8 and entering into a brand new dorm room full of people and possibilities. Make your room the way you and your roommate agree for it to be and enjoy all the fun there is to making it your own. Use adhesive strips, and get creative with ribbon, paper clips, photographs, stacking, mirrors, lamp lighting and accessorizing. You’ll never know all the potential of a place until you truly utilize your abilities and accessories to create your nice, new, Harding-approved home.

Hannah Robison, (’14)
Student publications secretary


Photo by Ashel Parsons

Photo by Ashel Parsons

Harding University in Paris (HIP) will begin including Spain as a part of the program in spring 2016.

Students will travel around Spain together for three-four weeks in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Seville, the Canary Islands and Barcelona. Then they will go to the program’s base location in Paris, known as La Ville-Lumiere, where classes are focused at the epicenter of French culture.

Ashel Parsons, international programs administrator, spent 18 days this summer exploring Spain. She is teaching photography for the program in the spring.

“I explored a lot on foot,” Parsons said. “I love traveling this way because I am free to take side roads or wonder off in a direction that interests me, like quaint shops, cafes, buildings or parks. Each corner brought new sights and sounds.”

In addition to a period of free travel time at the conclusion of the semester, students have a few free days in a couple of the cities in Spain to explore and shop on their own.

“Spain is a beautiful addition because of the variety of locations included in the program,” she said. “It’s one thing to quickly travel through one or two of Spain’s big cities independently, but it’s a whole new understanding to dive in and get the full experience of multiple Spanish cities.”

Parsons soaked up the culture in her travels as she saw exquisite architecture and embraced unique dining experiences. She noted that Spain had a more laid back, relaxed atmosphere compared to America.

“Narrow streets with beautiful architecture surrounded long alleyways that gave off an Italian feel with cobblestones beneath my feet and Spanish style archways and balconies scattered throughout the tightly packed buildings,” Parsons described. “Many times, I was one of the first to sit down for dinner at a popular restaurant at 9:30 at night because they eat late lunches and very late dinners.”

Her favorite part was having a vague idea of where she was going but being willing to take a detour to find something unexpected. She said she found the people to be very friendly and welcoming.

“HIP is a great opportunity to study in unique places. Spain is just the beginning,” Parsons said. “Living in Paris and traveling to southern France is also something to look forward to. Students are housed in the center of it all so that they are able to get the feel of what it’s like to be a Parisian for a couple of months.”

Erin Hanson, public relations intern


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