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How to Balance an Internship with Your Course Load

By Giana / September 21, 2016


School is back in session, and this fall, you may be taking on a job or an internship. Here a few tips that can help you balance your internship or job with your course load.

The fall semester has begun! If you are in the final years of your education, you’ve probably nailed down an internship or a part-time job related to your area of study. And, you may find yourself balancing your work demands with your fall course load, which can be tricky. Here are a few moves that can help you make the most of both learning opportunities.

Be Transparent About Your Schedule

Starting on day one, make it clear to your employer that you’re taking a full or partial load of courses this fall. Don’t try to hide or gloss over this fact. Explain up front that you’ll be juggling multiple responsibilities. Tell them that you may occasionally need to put your classes first. Don’t worry about jeopardizing your internship or job – more than likely, they’ll be accommodating.

Prioritize

When you’ve got a lot going on – with school and with work – prioritization is key. Should you try to multitask and do everything at the same time? Nope. That’s a dead end, and more often than not, “multitasking” leads to incomplete projects and shoddy results in both endeavors. Instead, be sure to prioritize your tasks one by one, with your coursework coming first. Tackle each one individually, finish it, and then move on to the next. You’ll be glad you did.

Make a List

Don’t try to keep your obligations straight without writing things down. You’ve reached the age at which you will learn the value and beauty of a well-crafted To-Do list. This lesson will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Don’t Take the Easy Way Out

If you find yourself relying on artificial props to get you through the day, something is wrong and it’s time to pull back and regroup. These props including anything you know to be unhealthy. This includes drinking, medication, stimulants, excessive sleep, no sleep, energy drinks, junk food, or spending time with toxic people. We can’t provide a comprehensive list, but we can say this: if it feels unhealthy, it probably is. And if you find yourself saying “But I need it,” you probably don’t.

Pace Yourself

Do one thing at a time, solve one problem at a time, and tackle one complicated and difficult day at a time. Don’t live the entire year in a single bound. You’ll get through this—and you’ll gain a great deal from the experience—if you set a steady pace and keep your feet in motion.

For additional help with your workplace and career challenges, turn to the tools available on LiveCareer.

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December Graduate Checklist: 7 Tips for Getting Ahead

By Giana / December 7, 2016

If you’re graduating and making the transition from academia to the “real world” this December, you may feel slightly out of sync with your peers and with standard hiring cycles. Typically, companies prepare for a wave of new interns and entry level hires in the summer, and they expect to have these new hires up and running by the end of the year. In the case of the December graduate, the flow may be slightly upended, and you may feel like you’re navigating the job search or finding your footing in a new position without much support. Be prepared to blaze your own trail and shape your own post-college destiny and you’ll be just fine. Here’s a simple to-do list that can help you stay on track.

Finals first

Solve one problem at a time. If you’re living too far in the future, you risk cutting corners and neglecting important responsibilities in the present. Don’t let your focus on the job search cause you to fumble your final exams, forget your overdue library books, or make any other mistakes that could compromise your graduation. Important milestones always seem to come with a host of administrative hassles; don’t let any of them slip through the cracks.

Establish your living situation

The job search is hard enough when you have a secure roof over your head. If you’re couch surfing or, worse, temporarily living out of your car, it can be exponentially harder. If your off-campus apartment lease or dorm room contract are coming to an end, get your moving plans settled first. Worry about your job search second.

Set a geographic search range

If you’re like many new college grads, your search range is “anywhere.” You’ll go where your first job takes you, and if you don’t like that city or town, you’ll move on when the time comes. But some first- time job seekers have a very specific location in mind, and if you’re in this category, set a target area on your LinkedIn profile and the heading and contact information section of your resume, as many recruiter and employer resume filters hone in on this information first.

Start blanketing your search area with resumes

It doesn’t matter if your first job isn’t your dream job—first jobs rarely put us at the very pinnacle of our careers. Remember, right after graduation, time is of the essence. If you refuse to “settle” for anything less than absolute perfection while searching for your first job out of college, you might be searching for a very long time. During that time, your resume will develop a widening gap and your bank account may thin out, leaving you with fewer options, not more. Just get your foot in the door—any door. First jobs don’t usually last longer than 2.5 years, so think of your first job as an adventure, not a life-long commitment.

Make your resume stand out

You may be submitting lots of resumes, but that doesn’t mean your resume should be sloppy or second-rate. Make sure every word is well-written, every detail is polished, and your proudest credentials appear prominently on the page. Add numbers and specifics to your accomplishments whenever possible.

Gather your references and recommendations while you can

You favorite professors, advisors, and work study supervisors can be powerful advocates during your job search, and while you’re still on campus and these people are within reach, make sure you connect with them and secure their support. Ask for letters of reference and ask if you can count on your supporters to speak well of you if they’re contacted by future employers in search of a testimonial.

Lean on your friends

The holiday season provides a great opportunity to reach out to your friends, your friends’ parents, your parents’ friends, your former bosses, and any potential contacts you may have within your target industry. Use the season as a reason to say hello and establish a personal connection. Keep this list in mind, and when you’re finally out on your own you’ll be ready to seize the opportunities that come your way. Turn to LiveCareer for resume, cover letter, and job search tools that can help you navigate this exciting transition.
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Get Started on Your Student Resume

By Giana / August 22, 2016



If you’re still in high school, you may not think you need a resume. But having a student resume shows a level of professionalism that will make you stand out when seeking part-time work, internships, or scholarships.

You’re still in high school, and you won’t be searching for a full-time professional job for a long time yet. You may have plans to go to college after you graduate. Or, you may have plans to enter your field immediately after high school. So why do you need a resume right now? Because it pays to be ready for anything, that’s why.

Create a student resume now, and you can quickly tailor the details when a specific opportunity knocks. Opportunities may come in the form of a part-time job that interests you. Or it might be a great internship opening – or even a scholarship opportunity. Your resume can get you noticed right away for all of these. Why? Because a resume is an easily understood document that showcases your experiences and accomplishments.

Ready to create that student resume? Great, let’s get started! Here are a few sections you’ll need to include in your document:

Academic Accomplishments

Your student resume should begin with an education section. You could call this “Academic Accomplishments” in which you can list your school-related victories. These may include: Your dean’s list honors, honor roll status, valedictorian status, your GPA (if it’s high), your science fair award, or your title as “most likely to succeed”. If you have a lot of extra-curricular activities, such as athletics, drama, art or photography, you could create a separate section Extra-curricular Activities.

Experience

In this section, you’ll list your most important experiences both in and outside of the classroom. This is where you break down what you’ve done for any activities or school work that you want to highlight. You can mention positions you’ve held in various clubs, your artistic projects, and any jobs you’ve held (like lawn mowing, lifeguarding, or babysitting.)

Skills

In this final section, you’ll list the things that you know how to do. For example, if you know how to code or program, if you can speak another language, or if you can play a musical instrument, list that here. You should also list skills that may be relevant to your future employers. This will vary depending on what you’d like to do or what type of opportunity you are applying for. The important thing here is that you can customize this list to suit the situation.

Another very important thing to remember is to make sure all of your claims are true! Don’t list skills or experience that you don’t have – even if you plan on learning them soon. Definitely play up the strengths you do have, and your resume will be stellar!

One last thing: have a reliable adult look it over and provide feedback before sending your student resume out. You can also find more information on writing student resumes at LiveCareer, along with templates to get you started. Good luck!