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How to Write a Resume

A resume is neither a really long business card, nor a really short autobiography. It’s an advertisement that explains to a specific employer why they should hire you. A good resume will change all the time, depending on who you’re giving it to. The most that a good resume will do for you is get […]

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When Should I Seek an Internship?

“When should I seek an internship?” This is a question I get a lot. The answer is “Yes.” That is–there’s no right or wrong time to look for internships. There’s not even an optimal time to get an internship. This freedom is one of the perks of being a humanities major. An internship that helps […]

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Should You Work for Free?

NO. Your time and your skills have value. Employers ask for free labor simply because they can get it, not because your labor is worthless. Agreeing to work for free devalues your skllls, creates a bad precedent for others with those same skills, encourages employers to exploit their workers, and makes professional advancement more difficult […]

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Jobs for Those with People Skills

First Job: Human Resources Consider the following list of qualifications:This is an entry-level position in human resources, a field for which English and creative writing are always “related majors.” Human resources is the work of recruiting potential employees, hiring them, getting them started in their jobs, and then resolving problems that arise. If you’ve helped […]

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When to Start Applying for Summer Internships?

It may be a peculiar question to ask when we’re nearly eight weeks into the semester but it feels like summer has barely ended. Nevertheless,it’s the time of year when students in business and engineering start nailing down their plans for the following summer. If you’re a humanities major with friends weighing summer internship offers […]

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Summer Internships in Chambana? Sure.

A student asks, “Is it common for students to do summer internships either on campus or off campus in Champaign-Urbana area? Are there good opportunities for interns in the summer?” Answer: “Common”? No–so many of our students prefer to spend the summer at home. Many are from the Chicago area where there are more opportunities […]

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Recommendation Letters?!?

If you’re applying to graduate school, you will definitely need letters of recommendation from your professors. But what about if you’re thinking about a future job search, not grad school? Opinions vary! According to The Intern Queen, if you’re coming up on the end of a summer job or internship, you should absolutely ask for […]

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The Long Game, Summer Edition

Humanities majors get jobs: we know that. The challenge is, WHAT job? Unlike accounting or engineering or mortuary science majors, you probably aren’t going to work in an office that has “Humanities” on the door. Yet contrary to popular belief, majoring in humanities gives you more–rather than fewer–options. Turning that wealth of possibility into a […]

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Thinking about Your Future over Spring Break

Your future after graduating with a humanities major: you can’t foretell it, but you can take steps to shape it. ¬†Spring break is a good time to take care of some of the career-planning details that get shoved aside during the semester. First thing EVERYONE can do is put our upcoming career-planning events¬†on their calendars. […]

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