Resume Writing Special Offer

P. D. Yoko   Technical   Creative Writing Services

Dear HACS Alumni,

We recently had a question from a student about writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV).

When I wrote mine, I consulted different websites to figure out how to structure the information, and from that I typed up the basic form. However, it was not visually appealing and lacked professional polish. A friend, who is a professional editor, helped me with the design of it—a huge improvement.

You can see my CV here. I keep a version of it updated online here.

Professional resume writing services typically charge $250 for a resume up to 4-pages in length and the cover letter is an additional $50. (I Googled it, but didn’t want to list or link to the companies.)

My friend, P. D. Yoko, agreed to offer her services at a reduced cost to Holy Apostles College and Seminary faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

P | D | Yoko Technical & Creative Writing Services offers Holy Apostles members the following special service: 

  • $75.00 to write and produce a resume
  • A cover letter for an additional $25.00
  • Matching cover letterhead CV header
  • One (1) revision
  • A Word document and PDF file of the CV for your use

Everything is accomplished by email, or instant messenger.

Mrs. Yoko requires payment in full before beginning work. She has a PayPal link in the footer of her website. If you would like her help, contact her through this form.

A note from my personal experience: Editing is more expensive than I originally thought. Just last week I had a minimal editing sweep (grammar, spelling, typos) done of a ~100-page work, and the cost was over $300. I have served as a free-lance editor for web publications, and I can attest, the attention to detail required to produce a polished work is tedious. Still, not everyone wants to spend $100 on a resume or CV, so even if you are not interested in this offer from Mrs. Yoko, please feel free to refer to my CV linked above as a guide for formatting yours.

You might even consider designing your own website so you can send a link of your work and your CV to potential employers. If anyone is interested in learning more about web design and maintenance, let me know in the comment boxes. I can do some posts on that.

God Bless,
Stacy

Marin Catholic Job Postings: English and Theology Teachers

Marin Catholic is a Catholic, co-ed college preparatory high school founded on the values of faith, knowledge and service. The young men and women attending Marin Catholic are dedicated, accomplished students, willing and able to undertake the challenges of a college preparatory program and anxious to make their unique contribution to the school community. The administrators, faculty and staff of Marin Catholic work hard to maintain a dynamic, student-centered environment, one that affords our young women and men every opportunity to achieve excellence.

Teachers at Marin Catholic have the primary responsibility to implement the school philosophy through instructional competence, through participation in the creation of a school community, and through their role as a bridge between the individual student and the world community.

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)

CURRENT JOB POSTINGS:

ENGLISH TEACHER

Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, CA is seeking a full-time English teacher for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

*Position will begin August 2014

Marin Catholic is a RomanCatholic, co-ed college prep high school founded on the values of faith, knowledge and service. The young men and women attending Marin Catholic are dedicated, accomplished students, willing and able to undertake the challenges of a college preparatory program and anxious to make their unique contribution to the school community. The administrators, faculty and staff of Marin Catholic work hard to maintain a dynamic, student-centered environment, one that affords our young women and men every opportunity to achieve excellence.

Teachers at Marin Catholic High School have the primary responsibility to implement the school philosophy through instructional competence, through participation in the creation of a school community, and through their role as a bridge between the individual student and the world community.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

Qualifications, credentials, experience, knowledge & skills for the position:

  • Degree in English or related field
  • High school teaching experience, preferred
  • Catholic, preferred
  • Desire to share his/her faith journey
  • Teaching credential, preferred
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, students and staff
  • Intellectually curious and willingness to grow professionally
  • Ability to integrate technology into English curriculumMaintains best professional practices in communicating with peers, students and parents

Interested applicants for positions should submit a letter of interest and current resume to Dave Basso, Assistant Principal.

THEOLOGY TEACHER

Marin Catholic is seeking a full-time Theology teacher for the 2014-2015 school year.
Position will begin August 2014.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

Qualifications, credentials, experience, knowledge & skills for the position:

  • Degree in Theology, Religious Studies or related field
  • Catholic high school teaching experience, preferred
  • Practicing Catholic, required
  • Teaching credential, preferred
  • Effectively collaborate with faculty, students and staff
  • Intellectually curious and willingness to grow professionally
  • Effectively integrate technology into Theology curriculum
  • Maintain best professional practices in communicating with peers, students and parents

Interested applicants for positions should submit a letter of interest and current resume to Dave Basso, Assistant Principal, dbasso@marincatholic.org.

Testimony From Alum, Ryan Mayer

Mayer B&W selfieI’ll admit that I went into the distance MA in theology program at Holy Apostles College & Seminary with some skepticism. I had never taken a distance course and this was my first foray into graduate work. But like many others, I’ve become an unofficial advocate and walking advertising firm for the distance graduate programs at Holy Apostles. In 2004, I earned my BA in philosophy, theology, and literature from Mount Angel College & Seminary in Oregon as a seminarian for the Diocese of Phoenix. I thank God for the excellent, life-changing formation I received there. After four years I wanted to take some time to try classroom teaching. Since then, I’ve taught theology at three Catholic high schools in Arizona and California and absolutely love what I get to do everyday.

By the fall of 2009 I knew I was ready to go back to school to continue studies in either theology or philosophy. As a full-time, newly married teacher, I quickly became frustrated by the dearth of flexible and authentically Catholic graduate programs in the San Francisco Bay Area where I live and teach. There was one very good Dominican school in the area but I would have had to quit my job to be able to go to class in the middle of the day. There were some more flexible programs at some…let’s just say “less than authentically Catholic” schools, but I wasn’t willing to compromise on quality and integrity and enroll in a program just to be doing something. I was frustrated.

In fall of 2008 the Archdiocese of San Francisco hosted a conference for the National Catholic Bioethics Center which was attended by theology and science teachers in the Archdiocesan schools. I had recalled that at the conference, they offered brochures advertising a certification program in health care ethics. After my frustration in finding a workable graduate program, I decided to “settle” for the certification with the NCBC. It wasn’t a graduate degree, but it was something.

I went to the NCBC website to register and read that the certification program could also be counted as 12 graduate credits toward a MA in theology through Holy Apostles College & Seminary. I was familiar with Holy Apostles as I had read about the school in the Newman Guide and had some friends who had been seminarians or knew seminarians there. I was relieved to have found a MA program at a reputable Catholic institution, but I was still skeptical about the prospect of “distance” learning. Would it be too easy? Too confusing? Would I actually get to know other students and have a chance to interact with them?

My fears and skepticism were quickly allayed. I completed the MA and NCBC certification in two years by taking, for the most part, 2 courses at a time each trimester, which I found manageable, even while working full time (though in that time I did cram on an occasional paper or two). The trimester schedule is nice because it takes advantage of the fact that a distance student need not necessarily take a break over the summer to move back home. It also allows the student to take fewer classes at a time but still make progress through the program. One summer, I was even able to complete two courses while traveling with my wife and one-year old in Europe using only an iPad. Yeah…it’s that student-friendly.

Communication with Holy Apostles is fast, personal, professional, and helpful. The courses are challenging, but because the cohorts are relatively small, professors are accessible and even collegial with their students. Different professors make use of the distance format according to their preferences and personal “styles”. Some may rely more on students reading texts while others may rely more on weekly audio lectures; some prefer that students write papers and post to discussion boards while others expect projects. Even though I already had undergraduate degrees in philosophy and theology, there was not a single course I ever thought was boring or in which I didn’t love what I was reading or learn something entirely new. I even got to know many of my fellow students pretty well and we still collaborate on other projects, converse frequently on social media, and pray for each other, though we’ve never met in person! I enjoyed the theology program so much I enrolled in the MA in philosophy distance program!

The Holy Apostles MA has opened up some new opportunities as well. With the certification from the NCBC, I developed and now teach an Honors Bioethics course at Marin Catholic College Prep, where I’m chair of the theology department (send me an email if you want to come teach with me: rmayer@marincatholic.org). My thesis was also published in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (Summer 2011) and I have been in contact with the National Catholic Bioethics Center to assist them in developing high school bioethics materials. Next year, my family and I plan to move to Rome, Italy where I’ll work toward a licentiate in bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum.

Hindsight is 20/20, and so is the evidence of God’s providence. By His grace I stumbled upon Holy Apostles College & Seminary and my experience there has been life-changing. I love sharing my experience through Holy Apostles. If you’re looking for authentically Catholic, personal, affordable, and flexible degree programs, look no further than Holy Apostles.

Question From a Student: Finding Teaching Positions and Writing CV’s

Ruthmarie SHea Atallah3

Dear HACS Alums,

We have a request from a student who soon hopes to join us as an alumna.* Her name is Ruthmarie Shea Atallah, and she would like to apply for a teaching position at a college or university after she graduates with her M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Bioethics.

Like many of us, she is unsure how to find institutions to apply to or what to do once she finds one. There are only two Catholic colleges near her and she cannot relocate.

Any ideas out there in HACS alum cyberspace?

Also, she could use some advice compiling her Curriculum Vitae.

She writes:

Being an online student means you are cut off from many of the advantages of an on-campus experience. I for one would be very grateful if the Alumni Association could come up with an advisory panel on how to find positions (e.g. on ethics committees, faculties, etc.) volunteer or paid.

So folks, that’s what we’re here for. Any ideas?

Personally, my network is almost 100% online. I got my degree online and I want to work online from home since I am a mother with young children. However, we all have different goals and needs. That’s the purpose of an association of graduates like ourselves. We need to communicate and figure out how to help each other because in doing so we help the institution we call an academic home, and ultimately we help cultivate more Catholic leaders in the future.

The goal!

Comments are open so you can leave any tips you have.

Please keep sending in questions and advice.

In Christ,
Stacy Trasancos
strasancos@holyapostles.edu

 

*P.S. “Alumna” is the classical Latin feminine of alumnus, according to Oxford. Did not know that.

What Alums Can Do Now

Dear HACS Alumni,

You may be wondering what we can do now while the Alumni Association is just getting off the ground. Here are some simple things you can do to help Holy Apostles.

  1. Share our posts on social media: If you use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linked In, or any other platform, share our posts if you think your friends and audience would be interested in the activities we mention. Follow Holy Apostles on Twitter and Facebook, see info in the sidebar.
  2. Share your experiences: If you are interested in writing about your experience at Holy Apostles with students and potential students, compose a brief essay and email it to me. I have media contacts in Catholic cyberspace and can get your piece some exposure. Why did you want a degree? How were you successful in completing your coursework? What did you do with your degree after you graduated?
  3. Send in pictures: Send me photos of yourself or your family if you are comfortable doing that, or of the Holy Apostles campus so we can post them on this site to share with other alumni. In this age of the internet, people like making connections with others and seeing what their lives are like.
  4. Share job information: If you know of job openings for other graduates, please send a quick note with the information to me so I can post it here.
  5. Pray: But you knew that already!

You can find out more about me at my website, and find me on Facebook or Twitter.

God Bless,
Stacy Trasancos
strasancos@holyapostles.edu