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

Seven job fair tips for college students that will wow recruiters

With spring approaching, now is the time to get started preparing for job fairs. To help ensure success at these events, take the time to review the following seven job fair tips for college students and learn how to stand out from the crowd and impress recruiters.

  1. Do your homework. Get online and do your research. Determine which companies will be attending the job fair and plan with whom you want to meet. Most importantly, go to each company’s website and research the job and/or internships openings the company has available. Read more

Seven fast FAFSA tips: How to jumpstart your federal student financial aid application

The end of winter break brings the beginning of the federal student aid application season. But, don’t sweat it! Whether this is your first time dealing with financial aid or you’re planning your FAFSA renewal, there are several basic tips that can help you better understand the FAFSA process. You can earn a competitive edge in securing the federal student aid you need to help pay your tuition and other important school-related expenses. Read more

Student health: How to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder

We all get the winter blues—especially halfway through when you’re desperately trying to balance all of the things life throws at you. For some, seasonal depression (also known as seasonal affective disorder) is a real obstacle to overcome. If you feel like you just can’t shake the funky mood this time of year, try these quick tips for some relief. Read more

Jobs and internships: The benefits studying abroad may have on your career

We’ve all heard that the job market is difficult these days, and it will take something special to set your application apart from the others. What better way to show you’re capable of being thrown into unfamiliar situations and thriving than by signing up to study abroad in a foreign country?

It may sound scary or expensive, but if you consider everything you’ll gain from spending a semester abroad in Barcelona, as opposed to sticking around that boring college town you’re in now, you may earn a better chance at scoring offers for jobs and internships upon graduating. Read more

Job search tips for college students: How to utilize Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

As a career coach and human resources professional, one of the questions college students ask me is, “Can social media sites help me find a job?” While most students are already aware of the idea of creating a basic LinkedIn profile, many have never considered using Facebook and Twitter to help them find the right internship or job. In today’s competitive job market, recruiters and hiring managers rely on these sites to locate and connect with new talent. Here are some HR insider tips on how to make these social media sites work for your job search. Read more

Study abroad expenses: Budget and finances for the college student

If you’re considering spending a semester studying abroad, you’ll want to be sure you’ve budgeted all necessary expenses for the most enjoyable trip possible. Costs such as tuition, room and board, meal plans, insurance, travel expenses and entertainment should all be considered when budgeting your semester abroad.

You certainly don’t want to find yourself sitting alone in your flat while everyone else is having a beach vacation weekend because you didn’t consider the costs of traveling into your budget. Being prepared is the first step! Read more

Renting an apartment: Issues with off-campus housing

Leaving the dorms for off-campus housing can be an intimidating move, but if you really research all your options and choose your roommates carefully, renting an apartment can give you the privacy, space, and freedom you’ve been craving. Finally! Read more

Textbook prices: Are there any cheap textbooks or other alternatives?

Students are taking to the streets overseas and here in the United States, where funding cuts have forced schools to raise tuition by as much as thirty percent. Some experts estimate that the rising costs will place a college education out of reach for many individuals. However, even if you’re able to gather the necessary funds to enroll in your classes, you’re not out of the woods yet. Just as painful as the tuition hikes are textbook prices. Is there such a thing as cheap textbooks? What are the alternatives? Read more

Online classes for college: Is distance learning right for you?

Whether you need one more class this summer to graduate or are working a part-time internship 500 miles away from your university, taking an online classes for college may be the answer to earning your degree sooner! Also known as distance learning, online classes are becoming increasingly popular, even with students who study at college full-time. Just be sure to consider all the potential pros and cons before committing to any online classes. Read more