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Look your best: How to dress professionally

By Hanadi Abunaim

January 27, 2015

Whether students are searching for internships or jobs for after graduation, the spring career fairs are the place to make a good first impression—and looking the part can be the first step. According to Jennifer Neef, associate director of the Career Center, dressing well is a crucial component of mak...

Companies look for internships, experience in addition to grades

By Drake Pena

January 27, 2015

The New Year brings with it different weather, different opportunities and maybe even different people. But for college students everywhere, the New Year also brings a fierce competition for a limited numbers of internships. Heather Zike, an academic advisor in the College of Media, has worked with ...

LinkedIn 101: A student guide

By Victoria Snell

January 27, 2015

With the spring semester underway, career fair season is in full swing. Thus, networking for internships and job opportunities is crucial. While Twitter and Facebook are social media platforms that can connect students with potential employers — LinkedIn’s sole mission is to “connect the world’s p...

Online portfolios play a role in helping students land the job

Online portfolios play a role in helping students land the job

By Mikayla Ostendorf

January 27, 2015

Along with resumes, cover letters and up-to-date LinkedIn profiles comes another important tool for self promotion: the online portfolio. The use for online portfolios can vary depending on the major, said Michele Plante, career services coordinator for the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Students i...

Crafting the perfect elevator pitch

By Christina Oehler

January 27, 2015

The elevator pitch: one of the most crucial parts of knowing how to maneuver in the business world. The elevator pitch is what gives candidates an instant leg up when meeting an employer and is necessary to have a concise way to explain one’s credentials as a worker. An elevator pitch is a quick but...

How I found my summer internship

How I found my summer internship

By Christen McGlynn

January 27, 2015

For many students, a feeling of uncertainty soon overshadows the exciting anticipation of summer. Why? The search of that perfect internship. Obtaining an internship that will help secure a job once graduation approaches is ideal, yet it is often difficult to obtain. Even if a student is capable of ...

Utilizing career services on campus

Utilizing career services on campus

By Bridget Hynes

January 27, 2015

The University offers several resources for students who are career-minded, including the online forum I-Link, career fairs and college-specific advisors. Below are a few of the resources available to students: Career Services Offices The University has 12 different career services offices on campus, including the...

From books to business: Students on campus hold a variety of jobs

From books to business: Students on campus hold a variety of jobs

By Jaini Shah

January 27, 2015

For some students, college is about more than cramming for exams or spending the night out with friends. The costs of textbooks, food and everyday necessities begin to add up, and many students support themselves by finding an on-campus job. According to Emily Wickstrom Neal, assistant director for the ...

A semester in the Capitol: junior pursues journalism internship at ABC

A semester in the Capitol: junior pursues journalism internship at ABC

January 27, 2015

Comedian Tina Fey once said, “Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterward.” These same words inspired Molly Nagle, senior in Media, when she decided to take a semester off school and travel halfway across the country to take up an internship at ABC News in Washington D.C. Nagle wrote in an ema...

Making Career Fairs work for you

Making Career Fairs work for you

By Claire Hettinger

January 27, 2015

Before I sat down to write this article, I read through some of the information provided by the University for attaining success at a career fair, and my stomach dropped. Like, actually, it fell down and left me feeling shaken and sweaty. Trying to find a job is terrorizing, especially in today’s m...