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

Is a summer internship in your future? It’s time to apply for internships

Senator Rodney Ellis and the Texas Legislative Internship Program, Class of 2013. (Credit: Texas Senate Media Services)

Senator Rodney Ellis and the Texas Legislative Internship Program, Class of 2013. (Credit: Texas Senate Media Services)

The winter break is a time to rest, celebrate and apply for a summer internship. Wait, what? That’s right. It’s time to start looking into internships for summer 2014. Why so early? Because most internships require you to follow a set procedure to apply and be accepted. Plus, you need time to find the best internships to apply for. Let’s get started.

Summer internship benefits

Why is an internship a good idea? There are many benefits including: valuable experience that you can put on your resume, the ability to make connections with people in your chosen profession, class credit and job offers after graduation. Read more

Winter wonderland: Family activities and other winter break ideas

One way to earn some extra cash is to help people take down Christmas lights. (Courtesy of Anthony92931)

One way to earn some extra cash is to help people take down Christmas lights. (Courtesy of Anthony92931)

When your classes are over and finals are behind you it’s time for a well-earned winter break. Take time to kick back and enjoy the winter wonderland around you. But after a few days of sitting around and eating, you might want to explore some family activities and other adventures that you could enjoy during your break. Heck, you might even find a way to earn a few bucks. Here are a few ideas of how you could spend your winter break.

Earning potential

In a December 18, 2012 article for US News.com titled, “5 Ways for College Students to Earn Money Over Winter Break,” Julie and Lindsey Mayfield bounced around several good ideas for turning your winter break into a source of income. Read more

Bronx Zoo welcomes California sea lion pups — What zoo jobs are there for students?

They show up in our Facebook feeds, on Pinterest, and occasionally on Twitter: zoo babies, those adorable small creatures that our friends just can’t help but pass along, hoping to get a smile out of the people who read their feeds. When you see one of those cute-overload critters, do you retweet? If you’re the type who has been avidly following the latest news about the Bronx Zoo’s new California sea lion pup, then zoo jobs may be something you should consider for your future. But before thinking too hard about your future career, how about some cute? Read more

Best part-time college student jobs and where to find them- Good student job ideas

Lauren talks summer job hunt strategies on Can...

Or course you can search for a part time job while still in school! (Photo credit: TalentEgg)

The high cost of college has many students searching for the best part-time jobs. Good student jobs are those that allow the college student a flexible schedule and a decent hourly rate. Even more valuable is the experience that you gain and the contacts that you make while working. The impact on your future career makes the choice of working a good one for students. Read more

Work life balance – Finding a balance between jobs and school work

Robert College Students in the Forum

Robert College Students in the Forum

Work life balance, are you kidding? There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day! Well, we can complain all we want about long hours and grueling assignments, but finding a balance between work, school work and life is a task that you’ll have to master. The sooner you figure it out, the better. Here are some tips and tools to get you started.

Finding a balance

Can’t get motivated to find a routine that works for you? Think about the cost of not doing it. Your health, relationships and grades can all suffer if you aren’t able to get your act together and manage your time. Read more

Summer employment: Follow these tips on how to find that summer internship or job

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OSJOBFAIR (Photo credit: cwgcph)

Whether you’re looking for a summer internship in your field or just a part time job to keep busy, you should probably begin that job search right now. Follow these steps on how to find summer employment and you’ll be well on your way to a summer of new experiences.

Step 1. Write and proofread your resume. 

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Fair Labor Standards Act ruling: Judge says unpaid student internships illegal

Unpaid internship

internship (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, a federal judge ruled that three unpaid internships were in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The ruling concerned interns for Fox Searchlight Pictures but it may have far-reaching effects that could eventually render the practice of unpaid student internships illegal. In recent years we have seen the number of unpaid internships grow as both employers and colleges take advantage of the fact that students who crave experience and references are willing to work for free. Read more

Land that job! Top interview secrets for college seniors

Job hunt secretsIt’s that time, upperclassmen. You’re graduating soon! Woohoo! You made it! Now what? Well unless you won the lottery, or you came into a sizable family inheritance, you have to start looking for employment. AKA: work. To land that job, you will need not only the education you earned at your university of choice, but also a few inside tips on job interview secrets to set yourself apart from the herd. Read more