Ad Spotlight: Volkswagen’s “Don’t Selfie and Drive”

Volkswagen is feeling some heat right now, but as I was looking over the issue, I ran across a couple of its old ads. While no one is really a fan of Volkswagen right now, this “Don’t Selfie and Drive” series is a great reminder to think again before pulling out your cell phone:

Image courtesy of Behance.net
Image Courtesy of Behance.net

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How to Conduct a Good Informational Interview

Earlier this week, I was blogging about why you should do informational interviews, but what if you don’t know how to go about it? Over the past two years, I’ve gone on about 14 or 15 informational interviews. While I can’t say I’m an expert, I do have a bit of an idea of what has worked for me in the past:

Be Flexible About Location

Offer to let your person pick the spot you two meet. It helps make the interview more convenient for him/her, and if it’s closer to his/her work, you might increase the length of the interview by cutting his/her commute time.Read More »

The Value of Informational Interviews

I’ve mentioned informational interviews before, but as my college career is winding up, I’m realizing more and more the value of these interviews. I started chasing after professional individuals the fall of my sophomore year in college, and while it was terrifying (“Hi, you don’t know me, but can I take you out for coffee and pick your brain sometime?”), informational interviews have taught me a lot about several different industries, and I became aware of jobs I never knew existed. Here are a couple reasons you should consider finding some individuals to interview during your time as a budding professional:

Networking

Because that’s how everyone says you get a job now… ‘Nuff said.Read More »

Resume Tips: When You Aren’t Sure Where to Begin

Okay, so you’ve heard what to do on a résumé: action verbs, buzz words, clear organization, etc. But what if you don’t even know where to start? Like, the last résumé you did was for your high school barista job and you don’t think “hard worker” and “likes coffee” will quite cut it this time?

If you feel like you’re still at the drawing board, then check out these tips:

Functional or Chronological?

When you’re starting out, there isn’t a lot to put on your résumé in the first place, so trying to decide between functional or chronological order can seem rather superfluous. But eventually, you’ll want to have some rhyme and reason to your résumé. Most go with a chronological format, starting with your most recent job or internship. However, if you’re lacking a bit in experience or have significant gaps in your work list, then a functional résumé is going to be a better option because it will tailor itself more to the job description and help the reader focus collectively on what you’ve done.

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