According to a study done by TheLadders, that’s how much time a recruiter or hiring manager is going to give your resume.
I know, I know. That’s sad and discouraging to hear, especially if you’ve just spent hours and hours painstakingly crafting every word and tweaking margins and font sizes to achieve god-like resume status.
(At least you’re not a professional speed stacker, whose career depends on how quickly you can build a cup-pyramid and tear it down in much less than 6 seconds. But that’s beside the point.)
I don’t think anyone enjoys writing resumes. They can feel like pointless exercises in self-glorification at best, and exercises in the fine art of b.s. at worst. You have to take all the things you’ve done over the past 1-5 years and condense them into a 1-page document that will (hopefully) convince a person with hiring power to give you a job.
With all this pressure, all this confusion, it’s easy to just plug some random facts about yourself into one of those online resume generators and call it a day.
But it doesn’t have to be like that.
I’m not a coffee snob, but I like making and drinking coffee.
- I have a regular subscription to Toronto’s Pilot Coffee Roasters who send me two different bags of freshly-roasted beans every few months
- I have a little digital scale where I measure out exactly 18g of coffee beans, just enough for that morning’s cup
- I also hand-grind the beans on demand (I never grind in bulk ahead of time – sacrilege!)
Most of all, I enjoy having that warm drink to keep me company in the early morning hours as I ease into my day. Read More…
Water is a necessary ingredient for human survival – as well as for optimal physical and mental performance.
If you’re reading this, that means you’re alive (unless I’m wrong about zombies), so you’re at least getting the bare minimum. But are you drinking enough?
For years, we’ve been told that we’re all dehydrated, and that if we want our bodies to work properly, we need to drink our 8 glasses a day.
Some have even gone further, stating that 8 glasses isn’t enough, that you should be drinking three or four liters a day. Others say you have to time it right and spread out your water drinking over each hour of the day.
So who’s right? Read More…
If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried to make a radical change in your life in the past….And failed miserably again and again.
Maybe you’ve tried to lose weight, wake up earlier, or read more, and in the first few days, you feel great. You feel motivated, and you nail your goals: you wake up at 6:00 AM; you eat grilled chicken breasts and broccoli every night, and you finish reading 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less) in one sitting. You go!
But by Day 4, you don’t even want to get out of bed. Thinking about all the stuff you have to do makes you want to hit snooze for the 4th time in a row, burrow deeper into your bedsheets, and snuggle up warm and cozy next to your Tickle-Me Elmo doll from when you were 10.
I see you nodding along.
So here’s the question I’ll try to answer in this blog post: How do you stay consistent and crushing it, day in and day out, whether you feel like it or not?
You might have seen montages of vloggers who get paid to document their travels in exotic places, or daily photos of Instagram bloggers who always seem to be somewhere gorgeous (though all those images might just come from the one trip they went on a few months ago, just saying.).
Don’t these make you want to drop out of school and get on a plane? I know I do.
So how do they do it?!
College is a wonderful time, but it doesn’t last forever. Sooner or later, you have to start looking toward your future beyond college.
For many students, this means getting a job (but not just any job). For others, it may mean going on to graduate school or volunteering. And even while you’re still a student, you’ll need recommendations for internships, study abroad, or even just a summer job.
Whatever path you choose, odds are you’re going to need a letter of recommendation. At the very least, you’ll probably need to provide a reference.
Every time I skip a workout, procrastinate on an assignment until the last minute, or succumb to the temptation of that pint of ice cream in the freezer, the same thought goes through my head:
“Man, I wish I had more self-discipline…”
You’ve probably been in the same boat before. As students, we always say that we lack self-discipline, and that we want more of it… but what, exactly, is self-discipline?