‘Get a Job Series’ Posts

10 In-Demand Jobs with Six-Figure Salaries

Before declaring a major, you no doubt did some research on the earning potential of various careers. And the results of that research may have made you second guess yourself about a particular career path. Earlier this week, we informed you that engineering majors topped the list of best paying majors for college graduates. Meanwhile, ...

How Important are Job Perks?

Many of you may be focused on simply landing your first post-graduation job, but once you’ve secured a spot somewhere, you may look around and begin to weigh your options. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 32 percent of employers reported losing top performing workers in 2012 with 39 percent concerned that top talent will leave for ...

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Accelerated Job Hunting

This is the sixth time you’ve hit the Apply button today. The silence is deafening. Every time you apply to a job you find on Monster or Kijiji, you’re greeted with nothing. Time is running out, and the thought of it is tying your stomach up in knots. Last June, I remember catching up with ...

Tyba Wants To Help You Land A Job After Graduation

You probably know how hard it is to impress recruiters with hundreds of qualified resumes landing on their desks. Tyba helps you do just that. Tyba.com is the professional network for students and recent grads where you can not only show your academic and professional potential but also showcase your personality and organizational fit. It ...

Job Hunting: 3 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

If you’re a college student, chances are that you’re either already looking for a job or you have in the past. Part of the job search includes interviewing a various places, all of which gives you a chance to make a great first impression over and over again. I think it’s a good idea to ...

Network Through Volunteer Gigs to Expand Your Job Pool

Formal networking events, if you’re not outgoing by nature, can be a miserable exercise. In addition, they can seem pretty thoroughly artificial and weird. Even if you do enjoy networking, it can be hard to really discover who to target–it’s hard to know about a company’s culture when you’re just talking to one representative for ...

Make Your Resume and Cover Letter Stand Out With Word Choice

an class="full-image-block ssNonEditable">Do you stand out in a crowd? Photo courtesy of The 5th Ape. Licensed under CC BY-2.0.It's approaching the time when college students are shifting from midterms to spring break. Before you know it, summer will be right at our toes (I know, I don't really believe that right now either, but I'm just going to keep telling myself that. So as our mentality is changing with the cycles of the school year, we have to focus our attention to internships and jobs for the summer (or perhaps beyond that if you're graduating). While we have written many articles about the internship process and how to make your resume awesome, I'd like to focus our attention briefly on the use of words in resumes and cover letters.

Simply having a sheet of paper with all of your wonderful accomplishments listed on it will not garuntee that you'll stand out in a crowd. However, by carefully selecting your words, you can be sure that your resume or cover letter will not blend in with others.

Read on to learn which phrases not to use!

Job Series – That About Wraps It Up

Alright, well that wraps up our “Get a Job” series. One thing we didn’t really cover but is still important is all of the “normal” stuff. You still need to have a kickass resume and be able to interview well. Here are our posts in review: Introducing the Get a Job Series Register Your Own ...

Doing the Student Business Card – Jobs Series

The vast majority – more than 70%, some sources estimate – of job positions are filled by word of mouth or networking. That means no resumes and no classified ads. It means: business cards. Okay, so that was sort of flawed logic, but you still need a business card. The main reason is this: college ...

Jobs Series – Consider Coworking

Life after school for an art or design major is a scary thing. You’re too young to work for the man. Is it possible to make a living without waitressing? The answer for many years has been a resounding unlikely. That is–until–some people started doing a little something called coworking. You are Cool, Right? Coworking ...

Jobs Series – Stand Out

For popular positions, employers will see dozens (or hundreds if it’s Google) of applications. You need to stand out. Making yourself stand out does not mean doing cartwheels around the room. There are several steps to standing out. Do Your Homework Find out as much information as you can about the company and your interfaces ...