Cover letter tips: What to include (and NOT include)

I have found that getting a job is a job in itself. There are job listings to sift through, applications to fill out, questionnaires, writing the resume, and hopefully, the interview. But to seal the deal and get a job interview you need a really great cover letter.

What would you say in your cover letter? (Credit: Good & Co)

What would you say in your cover letter? (Credit: Good & Co)

While you may have taken a class that taught you how to write a resume and then studied resume examples, you may have overlooked the value of cover letters. Here are some tips to help college students create cover letters that stand out from the crowd. Read more

So, you want to hack the Pentagon?

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager reading a lot of science fiction, I thought that the life of a hacker must be pretty glamorous. There was something adventurous and rebellious about the idea of navigating cyberspace. While SFF still makes some great metaphors for hacking, most of the hackers you see in the news are the ones causing problems. The exception? The hackers of the Department of Defense Hack the Pentagon program—some of whom weren’t even college students yet, let alone professionals.

Find out here how to join Hack the Pentagon. (Credit: TechWorm)

Find out here how to join Hack the Pentagon. (Credit: TechWorm)

If you’re headed into a computer science major and want to test your own skills against the Department of Defense, here’s what you need to know about the Hack the Pentagon initiative. Read more

How do you workout on campus?

Everyone has that friend on Facebook: the one who’s always trying a new workout or a new cleanse and wants you to start buying Arbonne or go to a BBG meeting. Some of those friends get so involved with the workouts that they get involved as coaches, or as direct sales consultants for the products.

How do you workout on campus? (Credit: Forest Woodward, Getty Images)

How do you workout on campus? (Credit: Forest Woodward, Getty Images)

I’ve gotten into the action on Facebook, posting videos of myself doing the #22pushupchallenge and photos of the 5k obstacle course I just ran. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what’s the best workout for you. Read more

6 tips to help you prepare for your on-campus interview

On-campus interviews are a good way for you to get practice for the interviewing game. I know that the more I practice being interviewed, the more confident I feel in my answers. Recruiters often go to a college campus looking for college students who are prepared for a career.

What not to do before your on-campus interview. (Credit: IMGflip.com)

What not to do before your on-campus interview. (Credit: IMGflip.com)

Here is some advice for how to handle interview questions and answers, whether you’re meeting with recruiters on-campus or setting up off-campus interviews. Read more

4 helpful tips when creating your portfolio

Now that graduation is behind you, it’s time to create your portfolio that you can show to prospective employers or graduate school. Time to put all the work you did in college, at your part-time job (if applicable), for charity and for fun in your portfolio.

Let us help you get your portfolio started. (Credit: Media Bistro)

Let us help you get your portfolio started. (Credit: Media Bistro)

Today, portfolios are not only for the creative arts and those who want to create a graphic design portfolio—anyone can make a compilation of achievements to share. Read more

The hidden gems of summer jobs for college students

It’s officially summer break! You know what that means? Plenty of sun and relaxation… OH WAIT, you want (or need) a summer job? There are a handful of options available to you. You just have to do your research on the best summer jobs.

A dog walker would be considered one of many good summer jobs. (Credit: US News)

A dog walker would be considered one of many good summer jobs. (Credit: US News)

Here we show you some great ideas for summer jobs that will almost make it seem like you’re having fun and not working! Read more

Improve your career search with these tips

Are you being resourceful with your career search? Do you know what the best job search websites are? The answers to these two questions may surprise you.

Find out how to jumpstart your career search. (Credit: Centennial Inc)

Find out how to jumpstart your career search. (Credit: Centennial Inc)

Read on for common mistakes people make in their career search, as well as a life hack or two to make the whole process easier. Read more

Making money after college graduation

I like to think I’m like most college students – obsessed with finding the perfect job after college graduation and making money right away. It’s understandable considering that you want a good career to support yourself, pay off your student loans and not have to move back in with your parents.

What are your plans after graduating college? (Credit: QuickMeme)

What are your plans after graduating college? (Credit: QuickMeme)

But there are alternatives to life after college. Here is some advice for what to do after college. Read more

Summer job ideas for college students

With the school year ending and summer approaching, it’s time to think of a summer job. I’ve worked for a variety of places (newspaper, food service, library). Some were good for my major and helped me pad my resume, some just paid for my car!

What are you going to do for a summer job? (Credit: QuickMeme)

What are you going to do for a summer job? (Credit: QuickMeme)

Here are some tips for summer jobs for college students that are seasonal jobs or at least can help you in your future career, such as summer internships. Either way, they are ways to get valuable experience. Read more

Pros and cons when choosing a college minor

While I have a double major with no minor, many college students are choosing a major with a minor. How important to your academics is it to have a college minor? Some colleges don’t even offer them.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of minors, and advice on types of degrees as well as choosing a minor. Read more