6 Steps College Students Should Take to Land a Job or Internship

Hey, everyone! Those who know me well know that I’m super obsessed with finding a job for post graduation (haven’t had any luck yet, but only time will tell!). The job/internship search can often be discouraging, tedious, and even confusing. I’ve found some great resources along the way and have some important tips which will hopefully put your mind at ease while searching! These tips won’t guarantee you a position, but they will definitely help you find more positions you’re interested in and give you a leg up on the competition.

  1. Do a Glassdoor search

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You found a job listing that appeals to you! Amazing! Before you actually apply, however, it’s not a bad idea to look up said company on Glassdoor. Glassdoor has real ratings and reviews for most major companies. What are people saying about the company culture? Is it fun or toxic? Are the managers and bosses fair or are they clique-y? Are the salaries for the position you want acceptable or not? These are important questions to consider. If the company has stellar reviews on Glassdoor, go right ahead and smash that mf apply button.

2. Create an organized spreadsheet of your applications

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Okay, so you’ve decided to start applying to things! Yay! If you want to be thorough, meticulous, and organized, the first thing you should do after submitting that very first application is make a spreadsheet. You should list the name of the company, the title of the role you applied for, the date you sent in your materials, and any contact info you have for people who work there. All of this information is really important to keep track of for follow ups, and will also give you a sense of how your search is generally going.

3. Take advantage of LinkedIn

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Ah, LinkedIn. Perhaps the college student’s least favorite form of social media, LinkedIn has plenty of job listings available that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Also, you can sign up for their free trial of Premium, which allows you to see how you stack up to other people who have applied through jobs through LinkedIn. Once the free trial ends, after a few months, you can sign up again and again. I’ve been through two free trials already and I’m about to start a third.

There are also virtually no social rules when it comes to making connections. It’s not like Facebook; on LinkedIn, you can connect with literally anyone you want. You have nothing to lose by making connections, only to gain.

After applying for a position, check out the company’s LinkedIn page and click “see employees.” LinkedIn will list employees that are tangentially connected to you.  Connecting with employees in the division that you applied for, as well as HR recruiters, is a good strategy. If they accept your invitation, you have a way of contacting them directly. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to par before doing so!

4. Find emails of those you want to contact

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Even if you’ve connected with them on LinkedIn, it’s an even better idea to have emails on file. You can sign up for a free account on Hunter.io, which will give you the general format of company emails for almost any company you can think of. Even better, once you get an account, you can download the Hunter.io Chrome extension, and clicking the Hunter button on anyone’s LinkedIn profile will give you their company email address. The more ways to contact the company and the more contacts you have, the better your chances will be at being noticed.

5. Follow up

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If it’s been two weeks since you’ve applied and you still haven’t heard back, contact the potential employer via email if possible. Explain that you submitted your materials and that you are still very interested in working for said company, and inquire if there are any additional steps you should be taking.

6. Use every resource possible

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There are so many amazing resources at your disposal that you may not be taking advantage of. I know that my university’s career website is not the best. That’s why I use sites like Angel (an amazing site for startup jobs) and The Muse. These sites are carefully curated and only display jobs for companies that have exceeded a certain amount of funding and/or have rave reviews on sites like Glassdoor. If you’re a part of Greek life, take a peek at your sorority or fraternity’s alumnae directories to see if there are people you can contact. The same goes for your university’s alumnae directory.  The bigger your network, the better.

My last piece of advice is: don’t ever hesitate to reach out to anyone! You can’t get what you want if you don’t ask for it- and you’re no better off by not sending emails. You’d be amazed at what sending one simple message can do for your entire career trajectory. Good luck and get networking!

 

Pantry Staples

Hey, everyone! It’s been over a year since I moved off campus, and in that time I’ve learned so much about food! Cooking for one can be really tricky- but through trial and error I discovered what’s key to have in your pantry and what’s not, so I decided to share my go-tos with you! This list is vegetarian friendly (I’m personally not a vegetarian but I often skip out on meat in favor of other forms of protein when I cook for myself) and is by no means everything I have. These are the bare essentials. If you just moved off campus and have no idea what you’re doing food-wise, this list may help! Happy eating 🙂

  1. Rice

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Rice is a MUST! I always keep at least three different types of rice in my pantry: white, jasmine, and yellow. Rice forms the base of so many meals and it’s fairly inexpensive, lasts a long time, and doesn’t go bad.

2. Beans and chickpeas

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Beans and chickpeas are both great sources of protein and fiber, easy to make, and inexpensive.  They’re great as a side or mixed in with rice and veggies.

3. Frozen vegetables

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When I first moved off campus, I was buying a mix of fresh and frozen produce. However, I eventually realized that I could never finish eating the fresh ones before they went bad, so I switched to buying mainly frozen veggies with the exception of cucumbers and mushrooms. This is way more economical- I don’t waste money or food and still get the veggies I need. College is so full of spontaneous plans – “Hey, want to get dinner later?” “Sure.” – that it’s easy for fresh produce to get ignored and then spoil.

4. Soups

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Soups are a must for the busy college student. There are times when I have less than an hour to make lunch so I often find myself making soup- it’s so quick.  Like a stereotypical college student, I also make instant ramen, but not without putting more ingredients in. I add peas, chia seeds, sriracha sauce, and the occasional egg.

5. Various sauces

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Eating rice, beans, and vegetables every day might sound boring- that’s where sauces come in! I always have soy sauce, sriracha, buffalo wing sauce, tomato sauce, and vodka sauce on hand. Sauces instantly take a meal from bland to grand.

Liked this post? What are your pantry staples? Leave comments below! I love reading what you have to say 🙂

Bonjour, Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! My FAVORITE HOLIDAY has arrived! This year, I decided to dress as everyone’s favorite Parisian boarding school girl, Madeline.  Although I still have my appendix and have yet to be rescued by a dog in the River Seine, Madeline is still one of my heroes some 17-odd years later.  The best thing about this costume is that the only thing I had to purchase for this was the hat– the rest was already in my wardrobe, so easy! I’m also the kind of person who starts thinking about their next costume a year out- so if you need me, I’ll be busy brainstorming for next year!  Below are some shots of me as Madeline taken outside of my university’s chapel for those vague European vibes~

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I Used the Clarisonic Mia 2 System for a Week and Here’s What Happened

Hey everyone! I’m here to talk about something of utmost importance: washing your face.  My teenage years were blissful in that they were pretty much blemish-free, and once I graduated high school, I thought I was (literally) in the clear for good. Joke’s on me, though, because I’ve been struggling with keeping my face clear all throughout college. I’ve tried numerous combinations of products but I have yet to find my holy grail. I was lucky enough to receive a Clarisonic Mia 2 skincare set to review for you all and this is my honest take on what happened to me when I used it.

WHAT YOU GET:

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The Clarisonic Mia 2 set came with the device, the charging cable (not pictured above, the device comes fully charged and a full charge lasts 24 minutes), daily cleanser and facial mask.

HOW TO USE:

The Clarisonic Mia cleanses your face for 1 minute.  It beeps and vibrates (as shown above) after the first 20 seconds, the second 20 seconds, followed by two 10 second intervals. After applying water to your face and the device, you’re supposed to place it on your forehead and chin in the 20 second intervals and your cheeks for the 10 second intervals. You don’t need to apply much additional pressure to your face when using the device- it’s doing all the work  for you! The device is designed to be used with the cleanser given and the mask is designed to be used twice a week.

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I USED IT:

My problem area in particular is my T-zone, specifically my chin (combo skin readers, you feel me?). I always apply more cleanser to this area.  When I started using my Clarisonic Mia, I had some breakouts on my chin area, as usual. Nothing too bad, just a few blemishes here and there.

I used the Mia with the cleanser every day for over a week, and on a few of those days I used the Mia with the face mask:

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Me and face mask^

I was going to put a picture of my skin before and after, but you guys really don’t need to see all of the pimples on my chin right now. Like… why would you want to see that. Trust me, they’re there.

So…looks like I still haven’t found my holy grail. Thanks to the added stress of midterms, my skin actually looks WORSE than it did before I started using my Mia, meaning this system ALONE did not help my skin whatsoever.

TAKEAWAY PROS:

-The Clarisonic Mia feels like it’s really doing something to your skin cells- skin feels tingly and invigorated just after using.

-The face mask is so fun to use and also leaves skin feeling ultra soft.

TAKEAWAY CONS:

I think the main reason why this failed to work on my skin is the cleanser! The cleanser has a smooth/gentle formula- my skin needs something more rough-n-tough to fight all the excess oil.

If you’re the type of person who uses Cetaphil and more gentle cleansers as opposed to facial scrubs, then this might work well for you! I have started using my scrubs again at this point and my skin is going back from being worse than before to what it usually is.

FINAL NOTES:

Despite everything, I don’t want to color this experience with negativity.  I’m not going to stop using my Mia, I’m just going to stop using the cleanser and see if using the Mia in conjunction with a scrubbier cleanser is the answer to all of my problems.

All my combo skin peeps, stay tuned. And if you have tips for how to use your Mia- let me know! I’d love to hear about how I can put mine to good use.

***This is a sponsored post in partnership with Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.

Flower Letter DIY

Hey, everyone! I know I missed about a week’s worth of posts, but only because I spent a life-changing 11 days in Israel and had very little Internet access (check out photos of my trip on my Twitter). It’s currently Fashion Week here in New York, so my schedule is a little hectic. I’ll be doing a recap of the shows I went to this Thursday, so be sure to check my blog then! Today’s post is a short and sweet DIY- a much easier one than my bath bomb post a while back. For this DIY, you will need:

-Glue gun

-Scissors

-Fake flowers of your choice (purchased at Michaels)

-Letter of your choice (make sure it can freely stand)

-Spray paint (optional)

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STEP 1:
Remove the stems from the flowers.  This may or may not require scissors.  Once the flowers are removed, you can spray paint them different colors (I spray painted some white flowers pink), or leave them as is.
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STEP 2:
Using the glue gun, arrange the flowers on your letter as you would like and glue them down.  Wait for the glue to dry (should only be a few minutes).
STEP 3:
Display your letter! I put mine on my shelf, but this can be displayed just about anywhere!
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Voilà! That’s all there is to it! This DIY is so fun and simple and the result is gorgeous! Tried this DIY? Let me know how it turned out in the comments- I’d love to see everyone’s different combinations of flowers!