Category Archives: Liberal Arts

College seniors: 6 things you can do right now to jump start your job search


If you’re a college senior and are just starting your job search, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. (If you’re a senior and are in the height of interviewing or already have an offer or two in hand, this post is probably not for you. But please email it to any of your friends who are just starting their job search.) Let’s face it, senior year is BUSY!! You’ve got classes to go to, papers to write, exams to study for, rehearsals to attend, and every so often, you try to fit in some food and a bit of sleep. How are you supposed to fit in job searching, writing resumes and cover letters, practicing for interviews, going to career fairs, conducting information interviews, networking, visiting employer sites???? The whole idea of conducting a job search may seem overwhelming, and impossible to accomplish.

So how about this? Just for now, let’s not worry about all the many steps left to accomplish. Let’s just think about step one – getting started. What can you do RIGHT NOW to get your job search in motion?
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Flexibility = key to staying employable


The unfortunate reality of the current job market is that it is exceedingly difficult to find full time employment, especially employment that is related to your field of interest. However, if you’re willing to remain flexible, you’ll likely find yourself far more employable when the job market finally makes a turn for the better. Here are some suggestions for ways to stay flexible.
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Your College Degree is Worthless – Part 2

Your college degree is worthless…that is unless you learn to supplement it accordingly and market it effectively. In Part 1 of this two-part post, we examined ways to supplement your college degree. In Part 2, we discuss how to market your degree effectively.
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Your college degree is worthless – Part 1

Your college degree is worthless…that is unless you learn to supplement it accordingly and market it effectively.  In Part 1 of this two-part post, we examine ways to supplement your college degree.
Before anything else, let me say this: YOU are in control of your career and your college education – don’t let that control slip away from you by handing over decision-making power to someone else. Of course it’s a good idea to ask for help from your parents, advisors, faculty, career counselors, friends, etc. But, the final decisions have to be yours.

Supplementing your college degree:

  • You’ve gone to college to learn, both inside the classroom and outside of it. What you learn and how much you learn is up to you.
    • For example, if you’re interested in pursuing a career in child development, and have signed up for a developmental psychology class, don’t assume your professor will bestow all that needs to be known about child development upon you. If there are certain aspects of child development that you know will be useful to you in your career (because you’ve been researching various employers in your field), utlize your prof’s office hours to discuss the topic in more detail. Think about writing a term paper on the subject. If you’re offered the opportunity to give a class presentation, make sure your presentation is about this topic.

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