How to write the perfect resume for your job search

You have just graduated from college – or are about to – which means it’s time to prepare yourself for the real world and create a resume. If you have never created a resume before, it can seem like a daunting process.

Finding a job is easier said than done, but with the right resume you will greatly help your chances. (Credit: SnagAJob)

Finding a job is easier said than done, but with the right resume you will greatly help your chances. (Credit: SnagAJob)

Thankfully there are plenty of available resources available to help guide you. Choosing just one, however, is the more difficult part. Here we will take a look at some best practices to follow when putting your resume together. Read more

How to enjoy summer and still keep your mind sharp

While you’re sleeping until noon and hitting the beach this summer, don’t let summer learning loss affect your memory and ability to learn. Even for students in higher education it’s important to keep your brain as well as your body active over the summer.

You can still enjoy the beach while taking summer courses.

You can still enjoy the beach while taking summer courses.

You don’t have to be a nerd or an overachiever to get some benefit out of summer learning. College students can get a head start on next semester’s classes, study abroad, check out an online schedule of classes or delve into a summer reading list. Read more

How to make the most of your summer studies

While working at a summer job may be appealing, you may want to enroll in summer sessions instead. By taking courses during the summer you’ll earn the credits you need to graduate earlier than you would otherwise. In the long run, this could save you both time and money.

Take the fear out of summer classes by following our tips. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Take the fear out of summer classes by following our tips. (Credit: QuickMeme)

But summer courses aren’t any easier. In fact, they are often more challenging because they take place over a shorter time span. Here are some college tips for student success in your summer studies. Read more

Don’t panic! You can combat math anxiety

Math anxiety affects both your emotional health and academics. It is a feeling of tension, helplessness and loss of self-confidence when approaching a math problem, math equation or math test. Panic attack symptoms include freezing up, sweating or experiencing increased blood pressure and nervousness.

Don't let math anxiety get the best of you. (Credit: Mary Lou Baker)

Don’t let math anxiety get the best of you. (Credit: Mary Lou Baker)

This math test anxiety can lead to avoidance of math classes, poor preparation and ill feelings toward anything related to math. Here are some ways to learn how to stop anxiety over math for better student health. Read more

Are online courses right for you? Learn the pros and cons

Online college courses and degree programs have become more common in recent years. Taking classes online is an alternative for college students and working adults to pursue their education. More than 7 million people enrolled in online courses last year.

Find out whether online courses are right for you. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

Find out whether online courses are right for you. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

Some educators praise online learning for improving study habits and responsibility, while others decry online courses for not offering a mentor or personal interaction with an instructor. Here is some need to know information about online classes for your personal student success. Read more

What economics majors need to do during summer months

School may be out for summer, but the learning continues for economics students looking to sharpen their skills outside of the classroom. From reading articles to drafting a paper for professional review, or entering any of a myriad of economics-related contests, students have no shortage of opportunities to gain new perspectives in their field while gaining experience crucial to their resume.

Economics students have many opportunities to build their skills during the summer. (Credit: Economics Memes)

Economics students have many opportunities to build their skills during the summer. (Credit: Economics Memes)

Flex your writing skills

Drafting an essay for review by professional associations is a great way to explore a particular area of economics while preparing a portfolio piece that will add flavor to your resume and arm you with a discussion topic come job interview time. Read more

Women in STEM fields: Academics and mentoring

The percentage of women studying STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) in colleges is low—just 19 percent. STEM is often seen in academics as a boy’s club, and many colleges are having trouble attracting and retaining women in science and technology. Here are some ways colleges are encouraging women to study STEM and how an effective and sympathetic mentor can help them graduate.

The percentage of women studying STEM fields is low, some colleges are finding ways to change that. (Credit: Research Matters)

The percentage of women studying STEM fields is low, some colleges are finding ways to change that. (Credit: Research Matters)

Women underrepresented in STEM

Although women lead men in college enrollment and graduation rates, men still vastly outnumber women in the number of graduates in STEM fields. Read more

Ethnic and gender bias found in college mentorship requests

Student success in academics should not be based on race or gender. Yet in a recent study, researchers found ethnic and gender discrimination in professors’ responses to requests from doctoral students for counseling and mentorship. In scholarly articles on recent study findings, sociology researchers are offering ways to counter racial and gender bias.

A recent study shows the existence of ethnic and gender bias and can affect student success. (Credit: John Dawson)

A recent study shows the existence of ethnic and gender bias and can affect student success. (Credit: John Dawson)

Study: professors asked for mentorship

The study was conducted by Katherine Milkman, assistant professor of operations and information management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, with collaborators Modupe Akinola of Columbia University and Dolly Chugh of New York University. Read more

YES, having a LinkedIn profile gives you an advantage in the job market

There are many benefits to having LinkedIn.

There are many benefits to having LinkedIn.

You’ve probably heard of the social networking platform LinkedIn, where business professionals upload their experience and job requirements so they can connect with other professionals. You’ve also probably thought that you don’t need to worry about this until you’re a business professional. Think again.

A professional LinkedIn profile offers a student advantage to college students and recent grads. Use LinkedIn for the many opportunities to begin to get your name out there, gain contacts and establish yourself before the real hard work begins. Read more

Use common sense—What not to do during your internship

An example of what not to do during your internship.

An example of what not to do during your internship.

You’ve landed a college internship and are hoping that it will lead to a full-time job when you are done with school. Or maybe you are still looking for an internship? Be sure to stop by your college career office and do a little research. Consider getting involved with your school’s alumni network—the companies that former grads have landed at may have internship programs.

But the tricky part is turning that unpaid opportunity into paid employment. For that to happen, there are some common do’s and don’ts you should know. Read on for what not to do during college internships. Read more