Tag: Seniors

Job and Internship Application Tips

Life after Lawrence can be scary, whether we’re talking about after graduation or just following Spring Term. Below is some advice to help you secure a position that you’re happy with once you leave campus.

Set goals. No, I don’t just mean the obvious goal of getting job. When you’re searching for a position it’s important to have quantifiable, defined goals so you can stay on the right track. This may mean that you want to check a certain number job-posting websites per day or send out so many resumes to employers per week. Taking these steps and keeping track of what you’ve done can also help keep you from feeling discouraged.

Pay attention to quality over quantity. While it’s important to get your resume out to a fair number of prospective employers, remember that it is also vital to send documents that you’re proud of – as these are the first introduction to you that employers will get. This means that should tweak your resume and cover letter a little bit so that they are relevant to each position for which you apply.

Follow up with employers you’ve contacted. Once you’ve updated your documents and sent them out, be sure to follow up on them a week or two later if you haven’t heard much in response. Doing so can show employers that you really are interested in the position you applied for and can keep you on their radar if your resume was accidently pushed to the bottom of the stack.

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Avoid the Spring Slump

It is a lovely day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the green grass on the quad is calling to you – and you are stuck inside. While it’s nice that campus is finally thawing out, the warmer weather can make it especially difficult to find the desire to stay on top of your school work. Compounded with the added excitement about your summer plans or even life after Lawrence, Spring Term can be especially difficult time during which to maintain your motivation.

But do not fret! Here are some ways to keep your productivity in high-gear through mid-June (and beyond).

1. Break the seal of hesitation. Sometimes the hardest step in a project is getting started. Often, rather than actually writing a draft of that term paper or working on that big piece, it is easier to keep planning – which can cause you to get caught up in the “pre-work” process. Rather than getting bogged down in the preparations, remember that the earlier you start your new project the sooner you can start getting feedback and revising your work. Doing so can help you end up with the strongest finished produt possible.

2. Continue working (at least a little) everyday. One of the great things about being an upperclassman (or even a Spring-Term freshman) is that you have more control over your schedule, meaning you may have figured out a way to have big blocks of time without classes. While this new schedule may be liberating, it may also enable you to feel a little too comfortable not working on certain days. Get used to getting stuff done and you will not get in the habit of doing nothing during all of your time between classes.

3. Develop a routine. Part of being able to work on your project each day is making sure you have time set aside to do so. While routines may seem monotonous, they can allow you to get in a rhythm that can foster increased productivity. Also, if you get in the habit of maintaining a work schedule, it will not feel so jarring when project deadlines have crept up and you have to buckle down.

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The Revised GRE

Did you know the GRE General Test has changed? The new version was offered for the first time in August, 2011. Registration for the new test opened up on March 15, 2011.

But what do these changes mean for you?

The Revised GRE will consist of:

  • One Analytical Writing section: 1 hour
  • Two Verbal Reasoning sections: 1 hour
  • Two Quantitative Reasoning sections: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • One Unscored section OR Research section: ~35 minutes

Total length: Approximately 3 hours, 45 minutes

These new time limits make the revised test longer than the old version of the GRE.

Changes to the format of the new test:

  • Able to skip back and forth between questions (both the new and old tests are given on computers)
  • Sections are adaptive, not questions (meaning the difficulty of the sections change based on how well you’ve done on previous parts)
  • Calculators are allowed
  • Scoring system for the verbal and quantitative sections has changed:
    • Old test: range of 200-800 in increments of 10 points
    • New test: 130-170 point range with 1-point increments

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Recruiter Pet Peeves

Original article by Lindsay Pollak can be found here.

It’s that time of year again: students are busy applying for jobs and internships that will be waiting for them once school lets out. While it’s very important you take the right steps during the application process, there are also some things you should avoid doing in order to increase your chances of getting the position you want. Below are a few pet peeves expressed by recruiters about entry-level candidates.

1. Not doing your homework. There really is no excuse for not learning as much information about a company as possible before meeting a representative at a job fair, information session, or other recruiting event. Simply visit their website or do a quick Google search. Asking a recruiter a general question about what the company does is a quick way to fall off their list.

2. “Just following up.” There is a fine line between appropriate persistence and pointless pestering. It is absolutely fine to call or email a recruiter to say thank you for a company information session, to ask a few questions, or to mention that you’ll be attending another event they are hosting. But “Just calling to follow up!” doesn’t add much to your candidacy.

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Searching for a Job: Career and Job Fairs

This post was written by Career Assistant Brynley Nadziejka,  ’14.

As we enter the New Year, seniors especially will start thinking about what they will do after graduation, and for a lot of them that will include finding a job. Searching for employment is a daunting process, but career and job fairs exist to make things a little easier. These fairs give you a chance to meet face-to-face with representatives from dozens of hiring companies in only one or two hours. You provide them with a resume and short, 30-second “marketing pitch” about your qualifications (i.e. educational history, applicable skills, and previous experience).

To help you search for fairs, listed below are links to the websites of ten job or career fair companies that host dozens of fairs nationwide over the course of the year:



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How to Prepare for the Job Market NOW

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article providing ten steps college students should be taking to prepare for the job market while still in school.

This is an article summary. The original article can be read here.

The ten pieces of advice are:

1. Start looking for a job early now, while you’re still in school.

2. Network with professionals while in college. Alumni are a great resource.

3. While is college, work part-time or take an internship. It’s very important to gain experience.

4. Get involved with career-related clubs and activities.

5. Apply for many jobs, but make sure you’re qualified for them.

6. Be professional while in still school. This means do things like dress well, create a LinkedIn account, clean up your online presence, and make business cards.

7. Set career goals. They can always change (and probably will), but think about specific goals and how you will achieve them.

8. Go to the college career center. It’s never too early or too late to make an appointment.

9. Keep track of your achievements and activities. Doing so in a public setting (like LinkedIn lets other people know what you’ve done.

10. Develop relevant skills. Having an awareness of industry-specific skills as well as broad, transferable ones is a way to really stand out.