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Yes, You Should Be on Handshake

If you’ve been reading emails from the Humanities Professional Resource Center, you’ve probably seen links that take you to a Handshake login page. Handshake is the U of Illinois’s career services platform. which is just technical speak for “all things career.” Handshake is free and easy to use.  Pull up https://handshake.illinois.edu/ and type in your […]

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Career Fair Jobs for Humanities Majors: Management Development Programs

ONE option for humanities majors in campus career fairs is  management development programs. Sometimes called “leadership development” or “rotational programs,” these opportunities involve a one- to two-year commitment to a mid-size to large company. During that time, the new employee rotates through several different departments, learning how different parts of the company operate, trying out different skill sets, […]

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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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From the other side of the table: Why those in positions to hire people should NOT agree to informational interviews (and why you should ask for them anyway).

L. V. Anderson, associate editor of Slate, describes her own experiences with giving informational interviews and makes the case for why people in positions to make hiring decisions should NOT agree to take part in them.  Her bottom line? It’s anti-meritocratic. It’s impossible for everyone who’s searching for a job to land an informational interview […]

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Uncovering the Cover Letter

A cover letter is the letter that you send an employer along with your resume. When you’re explicitly asked to write “a cover letter” to apply for a job, the letter should be a business-style letter, complete with formal salutation and signature. It should convey your enthusiasm for the position, along with your understanding of […]

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