Resume tips for college students

College students can write their own resume to jump start their career path. Writing an effective and influential resume is an important task since the purpose of a resume is to be invited for a job interview.

Follow our tips in creating an effective resume. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Follow our tips in creating an effective resume. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Some people opt to hire a professional resume writer, but if you know a few important rules, you can write it yourself. Here are some resume tips for college students. Read more

How to identify your career path

I like to grow flowers and plants, should I major in horticulture and make it my career? I tinker on my dad’s car, should I study mechanical engineering and design cars for a living? There are many questions college students ask themselves about the direction of their career path.

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Consult a mentor or guidance counselor for the job requirements needed for your chosen field. Here is some advice about identifying your dream career and targeting your academics and college major to get where you want to go. Read more

5 smart questions you must ask during your job interview

This is the time of year when college students are off to an internship, summer job or a new career after graduation. At your job interview you’ll hear frequently asked questions about the job requirements and about your qualifications. But often the most terrifying question is, “Do you have any questions for me?”

There are some questions that you might not want to ask during an interview. (Credit: imgarcade)

There are some questions that you might not want to ask during an interview. (Credit: imgarcade)

It’s easy to think that the interview process is all about the prospective employer getting to know you. But when they want to know what questions you have for them, you need to sound intelligent, knowledgeable about the company and interested in the job. The worst thing you can do is say, “No.” You are a new business professional in the working world, so the job interview questions you ask need to reveal your personality, knowledge of the company and ability to succeed in the job. Read more

Is it too late to land summer internships for college students?

Classes are out and you have a couple of months to fill until life in the dorms resumes. A job would be great, but an internship (whether paid or unpaid) to gain experience would be even better in terms of your long-term future.

Internships are great opportunities to develop your career skills. (Credit: IMDB)

Internships are great opportunities to develop your career skills. (Credit: IMDB)

Need some tips for finding a career-furthering internship during summer break? How about a list of the best, most interesting internship opportunities out there? Finally, is it too late to land summer internships for college students? Read on for answers to all your questions. Read more

How to nail your job interview

A job interview has to be one of the most stressful situations that you’ll ever face. To be successful you have to prepare for tough interview questions and learn how to avoid common interview mistakes. Here are a few ideas and resources to help you nail the interview and get that job.

How you do not want to be remembered by at your next job interview. (Credit: Thinkstock)

How you do not want to be remembered by at your next job interview. (Credit: Thinkstock)

Common interview questions

Do a few interviews and it becomes clear that those who do the interviewing often ask similar questions. It’s a good idea to find out what the common interview questions are and prepare for them. Read more

Create an online portfolio to showcase your brilliant work

It takes more than a resume to compete in this job climate. You’ll need to use every tool in your arsenal to get noticed. Several top websites offer you the ability to create a stunningly cool website where you can show your stuff.

When creating your online portfolio, you'll have plenty of unique templates to choose from. (Credit: Dzineblog.com)

When creating your online portfolio, you’ll have plenty of unique templates to choose from. (Credit: Dzineblog.com)

One primary way to showcase your skills is with design portfolio examples. Let’s take a look at some of the free online portfolio sites to help you create your own portfolio. Read more

How to dress for an interview

You passed the phone interview and now they want to meet you in person. You are excited about this summer job or internship- but then you suddenly don’t even know what to wear. I still remember rummaging through my college closet not knowing what to wear for an interview. Do people dress up in suits? Can I wear flats? I didn’t know where to start.

For your upcoming interview, be sure to dress like a professional.

For your upcoming interview, be sure to dress like a professional.

This interview is your opportunity to shine. Wearing the wrong clothes to your interview can ruin your chances of getting hired. A well thought out and put together outfit shows that you are serious about the job.

Here are some tips to make a good impression: Read more

How to set goals: I’m a college graduate, what do I do now?

After working so hard to earn your degree it seems as if the hard part is over. You’re a college graduate and the world is yours. Just as setting smart goals was important for your student success, it will be even more important in seeing you through the rest of your life. Ask anyone who’s been out of college for a few years, and they’ll tell you that the easy part is over. Your work has just begun. Here are some options to explore once you’re a college graduate and some tips on how to set goals for the next part of your life.

As a soon-to-be college graduate, now is the time to figure out your next move.

As a soon-to-be college graduate, now is the time to figure out your next move.

I’m a college graduate, now what?

Come graduation day you’ll be standing there with your diploma in hand and a smile on your face—you should, you’re officially a college graduate! Deep inside, however, it may be a different story. Slowly the panic will set in as you realize that you need a plan to move forward. What will you do? Read more

Interview etiquette: How to write a thank you email after a job interview

Thank you notes to interviewers are a sincere way to show how interested you are in the job. (Credit: Patrick Hoesly)

Thank you notes to interviewers are a sincere way to show how interested you are in the job. (Credit: Patrick Hoesly)

No matter how informal the job interview might have seemed, you should always – and I mean always – send the person or persons who interviewed you a thank you note of some kind. Whether it is an email, a typed letter or a note card sent through snail mail, taking the time to thank the interviewers is a must in this economy, and will get you one step closer to landing that job.

Make a lasting impression with your note

You certainly don’t want to be part of the majority of interviewees who forget to send thank you notes. Being thoughtful enough to take a quick few minutes (not too quick – we don’t want you to forget your grammar…) to say thanks for the time spent is enough to make a lasting impression. Read more

Basic Interview Guide: How to Score Your Ideal Job or Internship

Being well prepared for interviews can put you well on your way to landing that dream job or internship. (Credit: bpsusf)

Being well prepared for interviews can put you well on your way to landing that dream job or internship. (Credit: bpsusf)

These days, getting an interview is a feat upon itself. Competition for jobs and even internships can be fierce, so it’s important to put time and energy into preparing for the interview process in order to score your ideal job. While you may still be in college mode, keep in mind that approaching an interview is a far cry from visiting a professor during office hours. In a job interview everything from how you’re dressed, to your presentation and demeanor can come into play. It’s important to put your best foot forward by following this basic interview how-to guide and demonstrate that you have what it takes to do not only do the job, but also to excel at it. Read more