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Put Courses on Resume?

A student asks: I have another question about my resume. Should I mention the courses I have taken at the U of Illinois so far? Answer: It depends. As with so many resume questions, there are no right or wrong answers — just strategies to convey to employers that you fill the need they have. […]

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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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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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