Feeling You Belong

It is one thing to get an internship and yet another to feel you belong there. Work environment is crucial and, often times, something you don’t discover until you have been there for a couple of months. Internships are great ways to test out different work environments. Different people. Different size work environments. And different…

6 Killer Interview Tips

Sitting in my car, parked in the back of the parking lot. Listening to nothing, nothing but silence. This is what I do before EVERY interview. Everyone has their own interview routine that works for them. Since the start of my job hunt this interview prep routine had become all too routine. I would go…

The Hunt – Applying for YOUR Next Job

So you are applying for a job. Maybe you are like everyone else applying. How do you score the job you want, and still put food on the table.¬†Your tips for having a killer job application is here! Avoid Resume Errors Check and double check your resume. Have someone read over it for common resume…

The Value of an Internship

Internships promote and foster learning and development of individuals. It is a great way to test your hand at something new and gain knowledge you might not otherwise have learned or even wondered about. Internships are valuable learning opportunities. You learn about work culture and how to be a part of a team. Working side-by-side…

New Job & New Stories

Well, I’m back… Back again and with a new job. Took me what feels like forever. I am no longer working at a tech job. Instead I’m working on the corporate side of a contractor university. I love what I’m doing, mostly because I love creating communication plans and the people I work with are…

It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts

It’s what is on the outside that counts at work. Professional attire is critical when working. If there isn’t a formal dress code then there are usually unwritten requirement for dress. Maybe you have to wear all black or only dresses. Dress codes are never fun and sometimes it is hard to even find any…

First Day in a Guy’s World

The first day of any job is something new and always sprinkled with a bit of mildly-terrified “what am I doing” moments. My first day as a marketing and event intern at a tech company was far from ordinary. It was different than my first internship at the food bank, as a summer painter and…

Importance of Communication

Being a communication major I love to communicate, as well as observe people communicate. I find it very interesting and always informative. The first few weeks of my internship I listened and watched communication between individuals in tech with one another and with marketers. My observations were fascinating. I learned about peoples magic words, I…

Drinks at Work

Some jobs involve smoozing clients by taking clients to restaurants and out to drinks. Yes, it sounds like most college students dream, but the reality of it is when you look like a slob and can’t handle your liquor you loose clients and sales. There is a balance of looking like you are drinking, entertaining…

The Magic Word

During my first conversation with my supervisor… I learned his magic word. So, what is a “magic word” exactly? A magic word is something that mirrors that person’s speech pattern and confirms you have heard them. If they say “Okay?” in question form at the end of their sentence you say “okay” at the end…

The Nonexistant Cheering

Recently I attended the Portland Winter Hawks game as a work perk. I invited 4 of my friends. So, there we were walking in with beers in our hands, laughing and shouting as we sat down… In my work section. All the comp tickets were purchased as a group! As we scoped out our seats…

Informational Interview Questions

You’ve scored it! Well not “IT”… but that interview with that really cool person. And you’re the one doing the interview! How cool is this? Well actually it’s kind of scary. Which¬†questions are best to ask them over that cup of coffee and how do you go about doing it? It’s great to have a…