Be prepared, employers view your social media websites

Social media is supposed to be fun, right? I like to post pictures of me and my friends having fun together doing crazy things. What’s the harm in that? Turns out a lot… if you plan to ever apply for a job someday. More and more employers are Googling you to see what kind of person you are on your social media websites.

Be sure to present yourself in a positive light on social media. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Be sure to present yourself in a positive light on social media. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

They’re checking your Facebook pages, doing a LinkedIn search on you and reading your Twitter feed. What you put on social media will affect your job search. Read more

How to pick a college major

Your college worries probably follow this pattern: Worry No. 1—What school will I get into? Worry No. 2—How will I pay for college once I get in? Worry No. 3—How to pick a college major, aka “What do I want to do with the rest of my life?”

Having trouble deciding on a college major? (Credit: Lifehacker)

Having trouble deciding on a college major? (Credit: Lifehacker)

If you have progressed through stages 1 and 2, congrats! Now onto some life hacks to help you crush No. 3! Read more

Have you heard the best commencement speeches of 2015?

After all of the hard work and sacrifice that you’ve put in to earn your degree, there is just one more hurdle remaining – the commencement ceremony. Even the best commencement speeches can seem to go on forever. And it’s hard for the average college student to sit and listen to all the good advice being dispensed about life and career moves.

Stephen Colbert shares his commencement speech with Wake Forest University grads. (Credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Stephen Colbert shares his commencement speech with Wake Forest University grads. (Credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, some colleges have managed to snag some wise and entertaining speakers this year. So, without further ado, here are a few of the best quotes from commencement speeches in 2015. Read more

Career advice for the college graduate

College students hear a lot of career advice after college graduation. My teachers said to work hard, my parents said to get a good job, my friends told me to follow my heart, and my commencement speaker advised all us new graduates to be true to ourselves.

There are many pieces of career advice you can follow to succeed. (Credit: QuickMeme)

There are many pieces of career advice you can follow to succeed. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Here is some more good advice for the recent college graduate. Read more

What should you do this summer break?

Trying to get a job during summer break? Want to be productive and gain experience that will help you after college? Still not sure what to do or what your employment options are?

Classes may be out, graduation may be over, but it’s not too late to make something of your summer. Read more

Life hacks for planning what to do after graduation

For thousands of college students, graduation is just a few weeks away. College graduation is the beginning of your career, or grad school. I mean, it could go either way. Getting a master’s degree could help you to get a better job and higher earnings. And it has the added benefit of putting off getting a job for at least two more years.

What are your plans after graduation? (Credit: makeameme.org)

What are your plans after graduation? (Credit: makeameme.org)

But more schooling means more debt, too. There could be other possibilities that don’t involve school. Let’s look at some life hacks to help you figure out what to do after graduation. Read more

Top ten myths about college: What you need to know

When I was in college full-time I heard so many cliché myths in the book: “You’ll gain 15 pounds your first year,” “It’s OK to get all Cs,” and “You’re supposed to be stressed out,” blah, blah, blah. You need to know that myths are just that: myths.

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

If you’re going to survive your college experience, you’ll want to read this list of the top ten myths about college. Read more

Top 7 summer jobs for college students

Summer jobs keep you busy, put bucks in your wallet and help you save money for next semester. In addition to academics, work experience looks good on your resume. I had several summer jobs during college. Some were not so pertinent to my career ambitions (waitress, jewelry clerk) and some I could use toward my career (copyeditor for a newspaper).

I enjoyed getting paid for my work and getting out of the house to see new people and gain a good work ethic. Here are some ideas for great summer jobs for college students. Read more

Your passions can be leveraged into employment opportunities

Mauvis wanted to solve a problem.

He was at Burning Man. Maybe you’ve heard of it. He was in the desert with no cell service, no internet connectivity, and over 50,000 people. Mauvis immediately realized that once you become separated from your friends, it’s nearly impossible to find them again. “Everybody still had their cell phones, but they couldn’t use them,” he says, “I wanted to create a way for people to leave messages or get in contact with each other, using devices they already were used to carrying.”

A solar powered Wikipedia server. (Credit: Mauvis Ledford)

A solar powered Wikipedia server. (Credit: Mauvis Ledford)

When he went home, he knew what he wanted to do: “I wanted to create internet at Burning Man.” Read more

Why do I need a professional portfolio if I have a resume?

What’s on your résumé?

I’m guessing your employment experience comes first, a few bulleted sections highlighting your responsibilities and achievements at past jobs or internships. I assume your education is also on there, and maybe a few organizations you’ve joined or honors you’ve received.

Let Pathbrite help you create the perfect professional portfolio. (Credit: Pathbrite)

Let Pathbrite help you create the perfect professional portfolio. (Credit: Pathbrite)

Maybe you’ve even included a handful of appropriate interests to mention, to really give reviewers a glimpse into your personality. Let’s now discuss what to include in your portfolio. Read more