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Successfully Navigating a Career Fair

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As the semester winds down, your university’s career center is busy preparing for their spring career fair. To land a summer internship or full time job after graduation, career fairs allow you to learn about various employment opportunities and network with recruiters. Successfully navigating a career fair requires preparation, execution and follow through. The plan outlined below will aid you to fully maximize your career fair experience.  Pre-Career Fair  Before the fair, your career center will provide you with a directory of registered companies. This directory provides an overview of each company, their desired majors, employment opportunities and additional vital … / Read more »




Interview Success- from the Eyes of the Recruiter

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I have spent over 7 years providing career coaching to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni. Now, I serve as a Recruitment & Onboarding Specialist at a national nonprofit. Being on the other side of the table allows me to see candidates in a different light. Based on my observations of candidates, I am providing tips on ways to stand out during an interview: Research the company This is a critical first step. During an interview, you will be asked why you are interested in the company. From the interviewer’s perspective, they need to know that you are … / Read more »




Transferrable Skills

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What does waitressing at Red Robin have to do with being a TV news reporter?  Everything, as it turns out.  I learned that myself, right out of college.  I had spent a couple of years during school running burgers and shakes to tables full of hungry guests, grabbing ketchup along the way, remembering who liked to keep their “bottomless” fries full ALL the time.  Then, in my first two jobs out of journalism school, it hit me: reporting the news on TV is a lot like waiting tables.  You have to multi-task, you have to be friendly and professional.  You … / Read more »




Managing Your Money – Financial Literacy 103

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For many first-time full-time employees, getting that first real paycheck may be the most money you’ve held in your hands at one time. It can be overwhelming and exciting to think of all the things you can acquire now. Financial stability is more about managing the money you have rather than making more, and for the last segment on Financial Literacy, we’ll explore how to budget, save and make your money work for you! Budgeting It can be tempting to rush out and spend your whole paycheck on things you want, but you’d be stranded without money for 2 weeks … / Read more »




Spending your Money – Financial Literacy 102

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You’ve landed a great job, and you’ve gotten your first paycheck, now what? There are a number of ways to spend and use your hard earned cash, but some are more costly than others! Bank Accounts and Writing Checks If you haven’t already, now is the time to setup basic banking account. You’ll need atleast a checking and a savings account at the bank or credit union of your choice. Not all accounts are created equally! Pay special attention to minimum balances, fees, and possible interest on your savings. Local credit unions tend to have higher interest (in this case, … / Read more »