Silver-Medal Mentors: Mastering the Art of 21st-Century Apprenticeships

What do Benjamin Franklin, Michelle Obama, Charles Darwin, and Sheryl Sandberg have in common? It’s something critical to the formula for success, but it’s also something that each and every person has the opportunity to obtain: a mentor.

I’m nowhere near qualified to be a mentor to anybody in my own right. However, I owe credit to my mentors (they know who they are) for teaching me almost everything there is to know about life and work. That’s why I felt obliged to share some insights about the process that helped me align myself with the right people at the right time.

In this post, I’ll address why you need a mentor, how to choose the ideal mentor, how to approach him or her, and how to make the most of an opportunity to learn from somebody a lot smarter than you. Read More…

How to Write a Thank You Note for Any Occasion (With 3 Examples You Can Use)

From an early age, my mom instilled in me the importance of writing thank you notes. I can’t remember the exactly how old I was when I wrote my first one, but I imagine it was as soon as I was able to write. After every birthday party, Christmas, or any other occasion where someone had given me a gift, my mom wouldn’t let me rest until I’d written a thank you note to every last person.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve continued to write thank you notes for all sorts of reasons. I’ve written them to high school teachers who wrote me letters of recommendation, to friends who let me stay with them during my travels, and to the many mentors I’ve had during my journey as a freelancer.

I’ve also had the pleasure of receiving a few thank you notes over the years, so I know just how warm and appreciated they can make you feel. At the same time, I’ve used thank you notes as part of my professional life, both out of courtesy and the desire to follow up with potential clients. They can be powerful tools, yet so few people take the time to write them. Read More…

50 of the Best Personal Website and Portfolio Examples in 2018

If you’re a student (or anyone, really) you need a website. It’s your chance to establish an online home base, impress recruiters, and provide something that will set you apart from the stacks of static resumes that everyone else is submitting for job applications.

But creating your own website can be overwhelming. Even if you’ve got the basic technical details down, the possibilities for design, layout, and text are nearly endless.

Because of this, it can be helpful to see some examples of what other people are doing. That way, when you create (or even update) your website, you’ll have some ideas of what to do to ensure that your website doesn’t look (or sound) like it’s from 1995.

That’s why we created this post. It’s a compilation of 50 of our favorite personal website examples from around the internet. In addition to showcasing the site, each example also includes an explanation of what the example can teach you about creating your own website. Read More…

The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Students

If you’re reading this article, then you’re likely familiar with all the regular social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat. You probably even have an account with a few of these, and maybe you spend time on one of these platforms instead of studying.

But what if there were a way you could be on social media and advance your future career prospects? That’s exactly what we’ll cover in today’s post, which is all about LinkedIn. You know, the social network you thought was just for your dad.

We’ll explore why LinkedIn matters as a student, how to create your LinkedIn profile (including some LinkedIn summary examples for students), how to use LinkedIn to network, and how to use LinkedIn to find jobs and internships.
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How to Write a Resume

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.
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How to Ask for Letters of Recommendation and References

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.
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How to Write a Cover Letter

In my last post, I wrote all about professional communication. One topic I didn’t cover, however, was the dreaded cover letter. This was on purpose. The cover letter is such a common and essential part of the job application process that it deserves its own post.

And so I bring you today’s article: how to write a cover letter.

I’ll go over everything you need to know to write a killer cover letter or personal statement for any part-time job, internship, or future career path. Let’s get started! Read More…

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