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Creative Resumes: Should You Have One?

4/16/2014

Gone are the days when applicants could only "wow" employers with powerful cover letters and loads of experience. Now you have the opportunity to stand out against the competition by giving your resume a dash of pizzazz. Whether you go as far as reconstructing your resume's layout or simply use an interesting font, creative resumes are a growing trend amongst job applicants. Before you start Googling zesty templates, let us give you a crash course on creative resumes.

Though opting for a more innovative format seems like a no-brainer, the phenomenon has its fair share of drawbacks as well. To find out whether an alternative resume is right for you, check out our pros and cons list.

Pros

It’s more memorable than a traditional resume

We can only imagine how daunting it is for employers to look at hundreds of sheets filled with 12-point Times New Roman font.  Not only will your creative resume be a sight for sore eyes (literally), but also your potential supervisor is sure to remember it. 

“[Resumes] are the first impression an organization has of a prospective candidate and they have to make a great impression to get an interview,” says Ron Puskarits, Director of Compensation for the University of Illinois who reviews a plethora of resumes. 

If you want to use your creative resume to catch your potential employer’s eye, Heather Huhman, president and founder of Come Recommended, suggests submitting a more traditional version as well. 

9 Things NOT To Do During Pre-Frosh Weekend

3/26/2014

You can browse through as many brochures as you want, but you won't know how you feel about a university until you set foot on its campus. As the decision deadline gets closer, many pre-collegiettes begin to realize the value of pre-frosh weekends. Wait, a pre-what weekend?

Before pre-collegiettes have to decide on a college by the May 1st deadline, several schools plan weekends for prospective students to see what the campus is like. Whether you stay for the daytime activities or spend the night in a collegiette's dorm, this weekend is a great way to decide if a school is really for you. But before you imagine your experience as a sneak peek into your crazy collegiette future, there are some rules you need to follow. As always, we're here to give you the lowdown on what not to do during pre-frosh weekend.

1. Don’t be closed-minded

You haven’t even walked across the quad yet and it started raining, you accidentally stepped in a huge puddle and some sorority girl almost hit you with her bike. Time to turn around and go home? Absolutely not. “No college experience is perfect, and neither are pre-frosh weekends,” says Julie Qiu from Yale University. Though you may think a series of unfortunate pre-collegiette events is a sign from above, it’s important to give the university in question a chance. Instead of criticizing every little mishap, try to think of the bigger picture. Your not-so-glamorous entrance will make a great story if you actually decide to go to that school.

2. Don’t act like a “know-it-all”

How She Got There: Jennifer Barrett, Editor ¬in Chief and Vice President of Edit & Product Strategy at DailyWorth

2/24/2014

Name: Jennifer Barrett
Job Title and Description: Vice President of Edit & Product Strategy & Editor in­ Chief of DailyWorth
College/Major: Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications/ Journalism
Website: www.dailyworth.com
Twitter Handle: @JBarrettNYC

What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?

Jennifer Barrett: There’s no such thing as a typical day. That’s one reason why I took a job at a startup after more than a dozen years spent working at media companies like The Washington Post, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, NBC Universal, and Hearst Corporation. I wanted a job that would allow me to indulge my passion for journalism (and for teaching women how to be more successful with their money and careers) and also help me further develop my skills as a digital strategist and a senior manager.

In this role, I’m responsible for everything from creating and implementing social media and SEO strategies to establishing syndication partnerships to developing new revenue streams for the site -- and I’m responsible for all the content that goes up on the site and out in our emails to more than 600,000 women each weekday.

With this job, I wanted to challenge myself to build a popular, profitable, multi-platform editorial site without the infrastructure or resources I’d have at a big media company.

What is the best part of your job?

A Collegiette's Guide to the Summer Internship Search

1/22/2014

Don’t let the chilly weather fool you: Summer is just around the corner. While some of you may be looking forward to a couple academic-free months and a stellar tan, others are getting ready for an amazing summer internship (hopefully!). And it’s time to get going on your applications! There’s so much to do, but where to get started?  As always, collegiettes, we’re here to help. Follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll be on your way to internship application success in no time!

STEP 1: Create a List of Possible Internships 

Searching for an internship is essentially impossible without knowing what you’re looking for. Start off this process by creating a list of companies you’d love to work for. Make sure to apply to a lot of different internship programs since most are extremely competitive. Casting a wide net—within desired industries, of course—will better your chances for snagging the one that’s perfect for you. Are some of you intern rookies totally lost when it comes to even finding an internship you’d like to apply for? We would never leave you hanging. Tracking down some dream internships is only a click away:

How to Ask for a Recommendation: A Month-by-Month Guide

1/11/2014

In the world of internships, open season has officially begun. As the summer draws closer, hopefuls scramble to score their dream positions. But when fighting for an internship is reminiscent of The Hunger Games, a collegiette needs her best ammunition by her side. Well-written cover letters and impressive resumes will help you snag a coveted interview, but an outstanding letter of recommendation is any hopeful’s secret weapon. “They prove that you’re real, talented and give you instant credibility in the eyes of those who don’t know you,” says Neal Schaffer, President of Windmills Marketing and networking guru. But how do you ask someone for a recommendation? More importantly, how do you ask them without sounding like a mooch? Allow us to help you.

January: Start planning who to ask

While many collegiettes resolve to find true love or shed a few pounds after the ball drops, you’re focused on landing that perfect internship. Start the search off by figuring out deadlines and which applications require a formal recommendation letter.  As you begin to make a list of places you’d love to work this summer, start making a list of whom you’d like to ask for a recommendation. But which ones are viable candidates?

It’s okay if you haven’t had an internship before

How She Got There: Meaghan Rose, CEO and Founder of RocksBox

12/23/2013

Name: Meaghan Rose
Age: 34
Job Title and Description: CEO and Founder of RocksBox
College/Major: George Mason University/ Economics (Undergraduate); University of Pennsylvania/ The Wharton School MBA Program
Website: www.rocksbox.com
Twitter Handle: @megkendall and @myrocksbox

What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?

Meaghan Rose: At this stage, the company is growing so fast that my role changes pretty significantly on a monthly basis. I spend most of my time right now meeting investors; pitching ideas; negotiating with designers; and recruiting and managing the team.  What I really love is that my job cuts across all aspects of the business. The best thing about my job is that is changes all the time. Every single day, I am doing something I have never done before.  And that’s pretty awesome!

What is the best part of your job?

How She Got There: Jaclyn Morse, Fashion Designer

12/16/2013

Name: Jaclyn Morse
Age: 29
Job Title and Description: Fashion Designer
College/Major: Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/Fashion Design
Website: www.FreeEndearment.com
Twitter Handle: @FreeEndearment

 
What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?

Jaclyn Morse: A typical day?  I'm not sure I grasp the concept.  My job entails everything from design, to photography, to accounting, to data entry (and then some).  You name it, I do it, which means my job description changes a lot.  Starting a business has been way more challenging than I ever anticipated, but it has given me the opportunity to push my limits further than I ever thought possible. 

What is the best part of your job?

JM: The best part of my job is seeing a collection come together from beginning to end.  You wouldn't believe how many steps go into making that happen! Once all samples have been made, perfected, and photographed, I get to put the story together into line sheets.  That's when I can finally take a step back and [see] all the hard work.  I honestly don't think there is anything more rewarding than that moment.

What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?

How She Got There: Talia Hancock, Owner of Talia Hancock Clothing

12/9/2013

Name: Talia Hancock
Age: 26
Job Title and Description: Owner of Talia Hancock Clothing
College/Major: Chapman University/ Business Administration
Website: taliahancock.com
Twitter Handle: @taliahancock

What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?

Talia Hancock: I don’t believe there is such a thing as a typical day for an entrepreneur. We ship and take orders daily, and managing our wholesale and retail relationships is a very important part of the business. We are in both national retailers and specialty stores, and keeping [everyone] equally satisfied is key. We would like our retailers to feel a personal connection to TH. I have found that sales increase when both customers and retailers know the story behind the line and feel “close” to it in some way. 

What is the best part of your job?

TH: I love the fact that I am constantly traveling both for sales and manufacturing – the glamorous and quite unglamorous sides of owning a clothing line. From trunk shows and meet-and-greets to hours in a foreign factory, I love it all. Knowing that actual human beings spend their hard-earned money to purchase something I have designed is just awesome.
 
What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?

What Finals Are Like, as Told by 'Modern Family,' 'Parks and Recreation' & '30 Rock'

12/5/2013

It’s finals week, and you’re probably feeling a little like this:

Your professor says the exam is cumulative, and you’re just like,

You can’t find any of your notes from the semester.

Probably because you stopped taking any in class, thanks to Facebook and Pinterest.

But you try to start studying anyways. You get to the library, but there’s nowhere to sit and you’re like,

After 20 minutes of searching, you finally find a seat.

But when you accidentally make a lot of noise the girl across your table is like,

But then her phone rings, and everyone’s like,

And you’re like,

It takes you about 30 minutes to stop procrastinating and actually start studying.

How She Got There: Erin Webb, James Dyson Foundation Manager

12/2/2013

Name: Erin Webb
Age: 33
Job Title and Description: James Dyson Foundation Manager. I develop programs and workshops to help teachers and students dispel the myth that engineering is boring.
College/Major: University of South Florida/International Relations
Website: www.jamesdysonfoundation.com
Twitter Handle: @JDF

 
What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?

Erin Webb: I work with an amazing team to help inspire the next generation of engineers. There is definitely no such thing as a typical day, but I love that. It challenges me to think on my feet, which is incredibly motivating.

What is the best part of your job?

EW: The students. I am constantly amazed at the ideas and creativity young minds possess. A five year-old student in a JDF workshop once showed me a line drawing. I thought it was cute until he explained that it was a garbage flush and then proceeded to build it out of cardboard. Proof that children need space to actively problem-solve and create.
 
What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?