Posts

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

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

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

Public speaking presentation for the job interview and business meeting

In order to feel more confident with your public speaking skills, the best method would be practice, practice, practice.

In order to feel more confident with your public speaking skills, the best method would be practice, practice, practice.

Effective public speaking presentation is an essential lifetime skill; it isn’t just a class in college. Speaking clearly and effectively inside and outside the classroom is a valuable and essential skill. It shows that you are confident and knowledgeable about what you’re saying. It also helps you persuade your audience to take an action. Public speaking skills help you in a job interview, business meeting, networking and communicating with peers and teachers.

Why do I need public speaking skills?

Karen Burns wrote in “Why You Need to Be a Decent Public Speaker” June 9, 2010, in USNews.com: “What better way to shine at job interviews, or in staff meetings or at business luncheons than to express yourself clearly, confidently, coherently and concisely? Speaking makes you visible. Speaking makes you memorable. Speaking can even make you look smarter than you really are.” 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

Student success or mess? How to tank a job interview in five easy steps

Interviews can be exciting, nerve-wracking experiences. Even the most tenured professionals can make simple mistakes that can cost them a job opportunity. However, by recognizing the five most common job interview blunders I have seen college students make over the past 15 years, you can help ensure your student success by turning these mistakes into success strategies. Read more