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

The end of print newspapers on campus is near

The death of print has been touted for years now as more and more publications go online to keep readers. College student newspapers have been somewhat immune to this trend—up until now.

As more publications go online, print newspapers are starting to diminish. (Credit: MemeCenter)

As more publications go online, print newspapers are starting to diminish. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Recently newspapers on campus are also creating Web presences in order to stay vital. So is print dead in academia, too? 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

Filing taxes — last minute how to tips for college students

Ah taxes … part of entering the world of adults is beginning that lifelong dance with filing taxes. If you had a job in high school, mom and dad may have taken care of your dealings with the IRS, but there is no time like the present to start to tackle filing taxes yourself. Taxes may not be fun, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Here are some things you may not know about how to file taxes, plus tips for college students on how to make the process just a little bit easier, especially if you’ve put them off until the last minute.

Not even taxes can bring down Jerry Maguire. (Source: Create a Meme)

Not even taxes can bring down Jerry Maguire. (Source: Create a Meme)

Tax myths

First things first: you may be operating under the delusion that college students don’t have to file with the IRS. Au contraire! Read more

Living on a budget — tips for college students

A common issue for college students is maintaining a budget. (Credit: CommonSense&Nonsense)

A common issue for college students is maintaining a budget. (Credit: CommonSense&Nonsense)

Living on a budget is hard for anyone. But for college students, it may be the first time that you have been in full control (or almost full control) of your money. A few tips for how to handle your expenses, avoid debt and still have some fun along the way can be a big help. Whether you think you are doing just fine money-wise or if you have no idea where to begin, read on; while these are tips for college students, they’re suggestions that everyone can benefit from.

Getting started

If you have never tried living on a budget before, you may have no idea where to start. Wells Fargo offers some tips in their online article, “Budgeting for college students.” Read more

Job ideas for college students

Holding a job during college can help prepare you for a post-college career.

Holding a job during college can help prepare you for a post-college career.

Many students work while taking classes, whether they’re working their way through school, need some extra spending money or want to add to their resume. Besides working in fast food, there are many other choices and ways to think outside the box for job opportunities on or off campus. Go to your financial aid office and see if they have campus jobs available. Here are some more tips for college students who want work.

Why work during school?

“According to findings by Citi and Seventeen magazine from a 2013 survey, nearly four out of five (almost 80 percent) of college students work while attending college, with the average student clocking in a work load of 19 hours per week,” reported Jon Fortenbury in “Is it wise to work while in college?” posted October 24, 2013 in Schools.com. 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

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