21 Interview Tips to Help You Shine

4 10 2016

Most college students have held jobs in the past—whether a full-time job in the summer, a part-time job during the school year, or both. Yet searching for that first “real” job after college can be intimidating. You’ve finally earned a shiny new degree, but you’re likely competing against candidates with more experience than you.

The good news is, hiring managers don’t necessarily select the candidate whose resume is the longest. Job interviews play a huge role in who lands the position because companies want to hire someone who fits in with their culture and team. Most of the time, they would much rather invest the resources to train a recent graduate than hire someone else who’s close-minded and unteachable.

This infographic from Company Folders  an online printing company, will give you 21 tips to put your best foot forward before, during, and after the interview. A few highlights include:

  • Bring any materials you need, such as business cards or a portfolio
  • Research the company beforehand
  • Allow extra time for traffic
  • Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question
  • Take your time answering the question
  • Follow up with a thank-you note or email




5 Reasons to Opt for International Internships

27 09 2016


International internships are both exhilarating and frightening, but when you get passed the fear, you will be faced with one-of-a-kind opportunity: A chance to build a career in a foreign company, or to build a good base for your future career opportunities. Not only is an internship abroad beneficial for standing out in the future of your career, it’s going to benefit you personally as well. If you’re still lingering on the edge of deciding, these 5 reasons will definitely push you over the brink and into international waters.

1.      Mingling with the Global Crowd

Networking is extremely important in any industry, in fact, businesses nowadays can’t sustain without connecting and collaborating. Internship abroad can enable you to get acquainted with professionals outside of your culture.

  • You’ll meet experts from various countries which will give you a chance to deeper knowledge of their business practice and knowledge.
  • You’ll make connections that will prove to be very valuable in the future of your career.
  • You’ll build a circle of mentors, friends and colleagues you can rely on throughout your career.

2.      Get the Competitive Edge

Finding a job in today’s business environment is very difficult, and statistics have shown that 50% of undergraduates aren’t employed. In order to get in the frontlines and appeal to employers, you’re going to need a competitive edge.

  • An international internship is going to give you the edge you need.
  • It will add weight to your resume, and make you different from other applicants striving to get the same job as you.
  • It will also give you better professional opportunities and boost your marketability.

3.      Dive into the World of Unknown

Once you step foot into foreign grounds, you’ll be subjected to a whole, new experience that can’t compare to what you’d experience in your own, familiar surroundings.

  • You will gain unique knowledge, skills and perspective. Anything unique is valuable to any business industry.
  • Developing your foreign language proficiency is a valuable asset for your career, as emphasis is being put on global communication in every industry.

4.      Raise Your Game to the Next Level

College gives you the opportunity to gain immense knowledge about the field of your interest, but an international internship will give you a peerless education, in terms of skills and knowledge. Traveling to help your career is one of the biggest steps to take in order to immensely improve your portfolio and become a desirable asset to companies around the globe.

  • You will develop your expertise and sharpen your skills, and make that transferable to other work opportunities.
  • Stepping out into the global arena will enable you to get insight into the mechanics of global business, giving you knowledge on exactly how you will build your business in the future.

5.      Become the Role-Model for Confidence

In a very competitive environment, one thing nobody wants to see is a dispirited, terrified undergraduate who lacks confidence, motivation and courage.

  • An internship abroad will personally benefit you, in terms of confidence. You’re going to be put in a new environment, with the necessity to become independent on your own. This will more than often require you to use your problem-solving skills to adapt to the newly found surroundings.
  • You’ll make your future pitches more successful and intriguing, due to the confidence and experience gained.

If you’re enthusiastic about overseas internships, keep on reading and check out a list of websites where you can find great internship offers.

Global Experiences

They enable students to take part in internships that are going to bring the not just valuable professional experience, but also enable them to immerse in the language and culture of another country. The entire team of creators have been a part of internships around the globe, so their programs are tailored to suit the needs of students and make the process of finding a program and actually hoping on plane much easier.

IASTE international exchange program

This is a great resource for students in the technical field. If you’re looking for overseas professional opportunities in the fields of architecture, science, engineering or maths, you can apply for one through their website. What’s great is that all students get stipends that cover their costs of living. The entire organization really goes out of their way to help you with administration, visa process and other aspects of traveling abroad.

Go Abroad

They enable you to find internships all around the world, but at the same time earn college credit. You can search internships based on your length of stay, specific destination, field of work, or even contact one of their advisors who can give you a list of specific internships you might be interested in. They will help you with just about any aspect of landing the internship and getting the right information.

World Internships

They have a list of existing internships available right now, and for more budget-friendly internships, they made sure to give you a placement only option, so you don’t have to pay for the accommodation just for the internship itself. All you have to do is find the ideal internship based on the preferred location, field of work and you’re good to go.


Similar to Go Abroad, you can simply choose your field of work and desired destination and look through the existing programs and offers to find the one that’s best suitable for you. You can explore the programs listed, make your own wish list to bookmark your highlights for later consideration, connect with other travelers and exchange stories and experiences, as well as apply for a program through their website.

Every internship is a great challenge, and although getting out of your comfort zone doesn’t seem appealing at first, it’s the only way you’ll get a head start over all the other hungry candidates striving to get the same job you do.

rachel-barteeAuthor’s Bio: Rachel Bartee is a part-time writer at EduGeeksClub paper writing service who finds her passion in sharing insightful ideas as a blogger. She is constantly looking for the ways to improve her skills and expertise. Her life principle is “Always do more than you can”.

What’s Your 6-11?

21 09 2016


Sure, we all have a 9-to-5, but what about a 6-11? You might be thinking, “what in the world is this guy talking about??” Let me explain. The concept of a 6-11 is based on the growing trend of twin-track career paths, commonly referred to as a “side hustle.”

Check out this fun interactive quiz from digital design and print powerhouse MOO engineered specifically to inspire people to discover their true passions AND help turn it into the job of their dreams.

Leveraging some seriously compelling data points from Wakefield Research and an interactive quiz, MOO has found there’s a major twin-track career phenomenon. In short, everyone (not just millennials) is on that side hustle tip.

Data from Wakefield Research for MOO

  • Nearly 3 in 4 people who work a 9 to 5 job (74%) admit they are unfulfilled by their current job

  • 44% of people are more interested in starting a side business now than they were 2 years ago

  • Almost 2 out of 3 millennials are anxious to follow their entrepreneurial instinct and start their own business

  • 90% feel that having a fulfilling job is one of the biggest factors in determining someone’s overall happiness

MOO is out to empower more people to take that first step, just like their “6-11 ambassadors,” founders of The Muse and Pintrill, who created their dream jobs while balancing a full time career, and are even offering the chance to win a full suite of branded materials to turn their dreams into a professional reality.

PS. I got Interpreter. Guess I need to brush up on my foreign language skills…🙂

How Successful People Work Less & Get More Done [INFOGRAPHIC]

8 09 2016

As you begin working a new job, you always want to be as successful as possible. Although this often entails hours of hard work, sometimes this isn’t enough. Just because you put in the time, with whatever you do, that isn’t all it takes to be successful.

It’s the little things that successful people do that really takes them to the next level of success. They build systems and they build daily rituals that help keep them motivated, and help them work less while still getting more done! These things might seem insignificant, but when you do these things on a consistent basis, that’s when you really start to see their improvement.

Recently our friends at Blogtrepreneur have put together an awesome infographic about the little things that will take you to the next level in what ever success you are striving for!

How Successful People Work Less and Get More Done

Note-Taking Tips for Those Extra Long Lecture Courses

23 08 2016

Note-Taking Tips for Those Extra Long Lecture Courses

Professor McBorely’s course, History and Theory of Monotonous Drudgery, meets three times a week at 8:00am for an hour and a half. He’s 117 years old, never takes questions, never looks up, never pauses to inhale, never repeats himself, and never references the text. Better yet, this is a required class for your MBA and you must earn at least a C if you want to earn your degree. How are you going to survive this boredom week after week? It won’t be easy, but you can do a few things to help yourself through a long lecture course. Use these tips to stay alert and engaged, even in the most tedious lectures.

Be Present
You can’t miss this class and you can’t sleep through this class. Do whatever you have to do (and are allowed to do) to show up and stay awake. Copious amounts of coffee. Crunchy snacks. Favorite pen. DO NOT plug in your headphones, no matter how much you are convinced music helps you concentrate. It doesn’t. It helps you zone out.

Use Your Notes
Have a pencil, pen, and paper ready to go. Writing while you listen will help you remember and these tried and true staples of education are still necessities for your backpack. In addition, a wise choice when the bullets (or words) are flying is using a recorder. If you have a digital voice recorder, or enough space on your phone, record the lecture. Any time you feel yourself getting too far behind in your note-taking, or that you may have missed something important, jot down in the margins the timestamp on the voice recorder, that way you can go back and fill in the blanks, check facts, and wording, etc.

This one may be the most annoying of them all, but in a note-heavy class, your best move is to go home and rewrite the notes. This review process lets you organize your thoughts and the professor’s words into the most understandable and memorable fashion for your brain. This is also the time to review your recording and check your notes against those someone else took. This really is the best way to learn the material and organize your thoughts about the most important facts.

Find a Backup
Maybe long lectures will never be your thing, and you just can’t commit. See if you can find an online course or similar credits in another class. If you can earn an MBA in technology management online, you can definitely handle one course from the web. Talk to your counselor to see if they know other professors who teach the same material, but maybe in a different way.

Nothing is going to make this long lecture course go by any faster, but hopefully these tips will make it more productive and a little easier to sit through.

****Campus to Career thanks guest blogger Brooke Chaplan for this post!!****

Boost the Skills Section of Your Resume [Infographic]

9 08 2016


Are you a talented content marketer?

Or perhaps you’ve got killer sales skills?

Many candidates ignore their skills section, believing that recruiters focus more on other parts of their resumes. That’s a huge mistake. Your skill set is something you should expose to the world – it’s the foundation of your professional identity.

Consider this – recruiters spend  an average 6 seconds looking at a resume  before deciding whether it’s worth their time. Knowing what skills to put on a resume [https://uptowork.com/blog/what-skills-to-put-on-a-resume] is critical so that you can grab recruiters’ attention at this stage in the  process.  And you can do that with a well crafted skills section.

But first things first – how do you find out  what skills recruiters desire most?

A lot of recruiters are after basic, non-technical skills. Communication, teamwork, leadership,problem solving, and analytic thinking  are at the top of their list.

Have a look at the job ad to which you’re responding, and then check out other ads for similar positions. Notice anything in common? These are the skills recruiters want  for this job – make sure to you mention them.

Once you know which skills can boost your chances at landing your dream job, it’s time to consider how you should communicate these skills on your resume.

Lots of recruiters use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to make their lives easier while dealing with hundreds of resumes.  The keywords you found in the job description are what you should  add  to your resume to outsmart the bots. However, you should be cautious, adding only relevant keywords that can be backed up with quantifiable results.

Transferable skills are a good option as well. Even if they don’t  show up in the ad, they still present extra value. And your resume can’t have too much of that.

Look at people who already occupy your dream position. Which qualifications, skills, and accomplishments do they highlight on their LinkedIn profiles? If you boast similar skills, add them to your resume – you’ll show recruiters that your skill set makes you a top professional in your niche.

But that’s just the beginning. Check out this infographic for more tips on what skills to put on your resume.

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****For this unique post, Campus to Career thanks Natalie from Uptowork!!****

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Bio: Natalie is a writer at Uptowork – Your Resume Builder [https://uptowork.com]. She writes about how to create successful resumes so that you can land  your dream job. When she isn’t writing, she eats tacos and reads complicated novels.

7 Ways To Stand Out During Your Summer Internship

19 07 2016


Congrats! You’ve just landed the summer internship of your dreams!

Though don’t be too quick to sit back and relax – the journey to your dream career is only just beginning.

Internships are a fantastic way to put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom into good use. An internship will boost your CV, give you the chance to build lasting professional connections, and could potentially lead you into an incredible full-time job offer.

If you’re hoping to get the foot firmly in the door of your chosen industry, you need to do everything in your power to stand out and make a lasting impression. So how do you do it?

  1. Do your research.

This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at the number of interns who show up to their new role knowing very little about the company they are interning for. Be sure to clue-up on the company’s key elements and culture, as this will not only impress your employer, but it will make you feel more confident and able to join in on conversations in the office. Showing that you are genuinely interested in the role is key.

  1. Network, network, network.

One of the most valuable aspects of an internship is the fact that you get the chance to build lasting connections with professionals in your industry. Make the effort to get to know people and learn from them. These individuals will see first-hand how you work and what you are capable of, and so can be the ones to support you on your way to landing a full-time role.

  1. Become a real member of the team.

If there is one thing you should avoid, it is treating your internship like an internship. If you want to be taken seriously, you must take the job seriously as if it were a real, full-time role. The most important thing to understand is that your contributions to the company will have an effect on other people – therefore, your mistakes will too.

  1. Challenge yourself.

An internship is your greatest opportunity to develop as a professional individual and step out of your comfort zone – and although it may seem like a daunting prospect, it’s the best way to learn. This will ultimately enrich your professional portfolio.

  1. Approach tasks with optimism and enthusiasm.

Whether you are asked to take on a big project or are simply asked to make photo-copies, get coffee or do other menial work – you should approach each and every task with optimism and enthusiasm. This way, your employer will begin to put their trust in you and will want to remember your name.

  1. Ask questions.

Never be afraid to ask questions about something you’re unsure of. Your employer will be more than willing to take the time to explain something in detail to avoid mistakes being made. Just be sure to listen carefully when a process is being explained, to prevent someone having to explain themselves repeatedly.

  1. Ask for feedback.

One of the best chances to learn during an internship arises from receiving feedback. It is likely that you will receive some form of formal feedback when your internship comes to an end, however don’t be afraid to ask for more regular feedback. For example, if you complete a big task, ask your employer how they think you did, what you could have done better, etc. Be prepared to take constructive criticism on board – your willingness to continually learn and improve will always impress your employer.

****For this excellent post, Campus to Career thanks Katy Mairs!!****

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About the author: Katy Mairs is blog editor at Unibaggage.com – the No.1 Student Shipping Company.