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Writing A Cover Letter

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We all know that a well-written resume could help get a hiring managers attention. However, cover letters are a crucial part of the hiring process too.

The best cover letters are specifically customized to the business and position you are applying to. Yes, this can be time-consuming, but it works to get your cover letter read and actually into the interview pile.

Here are some tips to make sure that your cover letter stands out:

1. Discuss Specific Details

Think of writing your cover letter as your personal sales pitch. You’re essentially selling yourself, your skills, and your knowledge to the company. Hiring managers are looking for details that show you’re familiar with the company and that you would make a good fit. Don’t think you have to go all out with these details. But by customizing your cover letter for each job description and making note of any industry-related news, new products, or recent announcements, it shows you’re paying attention.

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2. Show Your Success

Hiring managers want to know your past work experience that pertain to the job you’re applying for. Don’t just regurgitate your resume. Consider examples of times when your top skills had successful results and how that sets you apart for this particular job or internship.

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3. Make It Look Good

This last detail is so simple, yet it’s often ignored. When writing a cover letter, never forget to proofread your work. If you are customizing each cover letter to every job description, it’s easy to miss some details here and there. But if a hiring manager sees an error, your cover letter will go straight into the “no” pile. The same goes for cover letters that aren’t written professionally. While creativity is great, keep your writing professional.

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When you finish writing your cover letter, send it off to a few friends or family members. Ask for their input to make sure it is the best it can be. If you send it electronically, make sure you save it as a PDF file instead of an editable document. That will give your cover letter the final touch!

 

What tips do you have on writing cover letters?

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Life After College: Now What?

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Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment, and it’s even more wonderful if you have already secured a post-grad job… but what about those of us who haven’t? Your happy little moment of celebration can easily be soured with the reminder that you don’t have your foot in the job market yet, but rest assured, there are plenty of options for the unemployed undergrad.

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Join the Peace Corps

Train for six months, serve for one to two years in another country with a monthly allowance, and get paid $7,500 for your work? Yes please! There are about nine different categories volunteer work falls under, from Education and Health to HIV/AIDS and Business. Connect with a recruiter in your area to find out more about the application process, but it’s best to start early if you want to be volunteering within six months. You might not get to pick which country you go to because it’s all based on the needs of what skills you have, but it’s a great opportunity to travel, make a difference in the world, and take a break from school to let the economy recover before you job search. Not to mention, it will look great on your resume! Side note: the other option is to do Americorps, which recruits volunteers to serve here in the U.S..

Teach English as foreign language (TEFL)

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Become certified to teach English in another country in as little as 4-6 weeks and all online! You may be able to find a program overseas that doesn’t require you to be

certified, but most employers look for people who are. With the TEFL certificate, you can teach in a variety of countries, such as Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, European countries, and South America. If you think you might want to teach, consider the very basic TEFL certificate. Even with the basic certificate, it’s a great resource to have if you want the means to live anywhere you wish. 

Just travel

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A lot of people I’ve talked to seem to have one thing in common as far as what they regretted not doing after college: traveling. If you have long lost relatives overseas, take advantage of the connection and give them a call or send an email to catch up. Usually, families are more than welcoming when it comes to hosting. Since housing and food is already hooked up, all you’ll have to worry about is your round-trip plane ticket (assuming you want to come home!).

Still feeling stuck? It’s important to remember not to panic. You always have options; just put the time and research into seeing exactly what they are. The more research you do on your own, the better you’ll feel and the better choice you’ll make.

 

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What I Wish I Had Known Before I Started College

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By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

Isn’t it unfortunate to find out at the end of your college career all the things you could’ve done differently to make the experience not only a better one, but also less painful post-grad? Then again, you probably wouldn’t be where you are now, and that’s hopefully a good place because, if you’re like me, you believe everything happens for a reason (even those tiny, yet crucial lessons you learned in college).

As my senior year comes to an end in just a few short terms, I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned these past four years. Everyone’s college experience is different and we each take away something different, but there are always at least a few things we can share with each other that will help others be better prepared. Like not spending your entire financial refund in one week on a new video game console or a new wardrobe and remembering to wear flip-flops in the dorm showers. But it’s 2012 now and while some cautions stay the same, there are some different things I wish I’d known before I started my college career…

1. No college student eats only Top Ramen.

You will not solely be eating instant noodles in college. Photo by brownpau.

When I look back, it seems like this was just a scary story told to all freshly graduated high school students. “Make sure you’re stocked up on Top Ramen, because you won’t be doing a lot of cooking” was a phrase I heard repeatedly. And we all know that when you’re told something repeatedly, you start to believe it. Thank goodness I was proved wrong. The college budget may be tight, but it’s not that tight. Soup is just as cheap as Top Ramen (not to mention more flavorful and healthy), and lucky for us Tech Century babies, there are now websites, such as MyFridgeFood or SuperCook, that will suggest meals based on the ingredients you already have in your fridge and/or cupboards.

2. Travel lightly.

You may have to move locations a few times in college and the less stuff you have to have your dad help you with, the better. “How much more stuff do you have?” my dad would ask me after each trip to and from the moving truck. His words echoed in my ears when I arrived at my new place, exhausted but knowing I still needed to unpack if I wanted any space to maneuver in my new room. That’s when I realized I needed to downsize. One tip I’ve learned from Real Simple Magazine that has stuck with me: instead of keeping those old 4th grade basketball team photos and trophies, take a picture of them! This way you can keep the items digitally, but not have to cart them around.

3. A part-time job is a blessing in disguise.

This is America, so yes, you have a right to complain, but jobs are more than work and if you think you won’t have time for one, you’ll make time. Benefits: You get out of the dorms, you make some money, and you’re learning things your unemployed friends aren’t.  Even if you don’t like your job or wish you were doing something else, think of it this way: you’re learning skills you may use in the future. Plus, depending on your job, there may be some health benefits, as well, and you’ll be equipped with letters of rec when you graduate. Can your friends say the same thing?

4. Don’t even think about rooming with a high school friend.

Ok, some people can hack it, but there is a very high chance of losing said friendship the moment you move in together and he/she informs you their significant other will be staying the night every couple of days. Disagreements will turn into walking around on eggshells, and it’ll feel exactly like high school all over again. The last thing anyone starting college needs is more drama so if you want to play it safe, room with someone new. Plus hopefully you’ll end up with a new friend!

5. You probably won’t graduate in four years.

It may take you longer than 4 years to graduate. Photo by University of Denver.

When you graduate depends not just on your major, but also how many credits you take each term. Sadly, even if you do attend school full-time each term, you still probably won’t make it in four years. If you want to graduate in as little time as possible, meet with an adviser each term to make sure you are registering for classes that will apply to your degree. If it turns out you’ll be taking classes longer than you had wanted, look at it this way: you have more time to search for that post-grad job and (hopefully) save a little money before being out in “the real world.” Not to mention, you’ll have more time to defer those loan payments. By the time you graduate, maybe there will be a law forgiving student debt! Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

My number one piece of advice? Talk to as many people as you can before beginning college just so you know what you’re up against. College has its fun moments, yes, but they’re even more enjoyable when you’re prepared for anything that is thrown your way.

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Job Opportunity: Become A Textbook Franchise Ambassador!

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by BookRenter Textbook Franchise Manager, Joshua Panwala

DEADLINES:
Summer Session Application Deadline: May 1st
Fall Session Application Deadline: July 15th

We know that in college, saving money is tough, and making money is even tougher. That’s why we have launched the Textbook Franchise Manager program – a chance for you to get paid, while passing along BookRenter savings to your friends and classmates! You could make $50 in just 3 easy hours, if you have what it takes.

It’s simple!  There’s already a BookRenter Franchise at your school.  All you have to do is complete ten marketing activities and you’ve earned your 50 bucks.  How much easier can making money get?

The only requirements to this job are dependability (can we depend on you to get the job done in the requested time frame?) and the ability to speak well in public.  You might ask, is that all?  Yes!  It’s that easy!

Not only can you make a quick 50 bucks, but you can get your friends involved too.  BookRenter.com will hire up to 30 students for this position and pay each of you for the work you’ve done.

Don’t pass up this fantastic opportunity for college students with the drive to succeed, vast networks, and boundless energy.  The spots are filling up, and time is running out, so apply TODAY!

To submit an application, email your resume to campus@bookrenter.com. For the complete job description, click here (PDF).

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Finding a Job While in College

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By BookRenter textbook franchise manager, Kimberly Erskine
Kimberly is a senior at Rowan University studying English, Writing Arts and Creative Arts. When she is not in school, she spends her time as a social media coordinator for her university and as a speciality medicine intern for Slack, Inc. Her interests include reading, writing, blogging, social media, publishing, marketing and pop culture.

Between increasing tuition rates, living expenses, and having a little leftover for the fun stuff, it is easy to feel strapped for cash. Many students look for part-time work to help them get through their college years. Both on-campus and off-campus jobs can be flexible with your busy schedule and provide you not only with extra cash, but with important experience that may help with your future career plans, as well.

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On-Campus Jobs:

Many students love on-campus jobs. These are typically given to students in one of two ways: 1) Federal Work Study (FWS), which comes as a part of a financial aid package, or 2) Institutional Work Study (IWS). FWS is the more common of the two. Most colleges will post job openings at the beginning of the year for FWS positions on their campus career website. These positions include light office work for various campus departments, on-campus dining, or working in the library.  IWS jobs are similar, but because the funds come from the department and not financial aid resources, experience may be required and competition will be tougher.  On-campus jobs can be great because your bosses understand firsthand how busy a student’s schedule can be. These jobs tend to have flexible hours and are convenient because you don’t have to worry about transportation costs.

Off-Campus Jobs:

Off- campus jobs provide another option for students in need of extra cash. Many students choose to work in the field of retail or food service. These jobs typically do not require experience and may allow for weekend hours (which will make it easier balancing school and work!). However, retail and food service jobs are not students’ only off-campus options. Another option is finding a job or internship in your specific area of interest. These jobs are great resume-builders and can help you begin to network in your field.  For example, a nursing student may want to look at securing an internship or job in a doctor’s office or hospital setting. This experience can create valuable connections to help students earn a promotion after they receive their degree.

When choosing a job during your college years, be sure to choose one that works the best with your schedule and that interests you. If possible, try to find a job related to the field you hope to break into after graduation. Get to know your co-workers, especially your supervisor so that you can rely on them for future references and perhaps even earn a promotion post-graduation.

Good luck with your job search and remember to smile and make the most of it!

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