Resume & Cover Letter Perfection

Students with resumes

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In today’s job market, potential employers are searching for the best and brightest individuals for hire. In order to even be considered for the sought-after position, you have got to show that you’ve got the goods! A fantastic way to do so on paper is by building stand-out resumes and cover letters.

It is a must for job seekers to give off positive, first impressions with these two docs because, when effectively employed (pun not intended!), they may very well advance you to the interview stage of the job/internship hunt. But how to write stellar resumes and cover letters remains the central question. Tips to getting it done are:

• Be professional. It’s important to show your reader that you’re capable of properly representing the company, firm, or organization to which you are applying. Present yourself and your accomplishments, skills, and experiences in a way that is altogether impressive, self-assured, and easily marketable.

• Always proofread. Spotting “ur” text lingo in a formal document is the worst! Always be sure to follow Standard English grammar, spelling, and punctuation rules.

• Keep things consistent. If a portion of text is particularly formatted (bolded headings, for example), have this layout featured throughout.

• Connect the dots. Use your resume and cover letter as an opportunity to show your best self off! Creating interplay between the info highlighted in your resume to the desired position’s requirements explicitly in your cover letter is a great way to go.

And that, friends, is how-to. Happy writing!

You can contact Evetha Francois at

Campus Newswire: Top 5

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Here are this week’s top 5 news bites from our local colleges and universities:


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

On January 31st, enjoy Cheyney University’s free annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with speaker and Alumnus Phillip Hall.


Temple Film Collective’s Winter Film Festival

Join Temple University on January 31st at the Howard Grittis Student Center in the Reel and The Underground as they show high quality short films by Temple students with free food and networking!


Rock and Read: The Songs and Stories of Black 47

On February 1st, come to Millersville University to hear Larry Kirwan, playwright, author and lead vocalist and guitarist of rock band Black 47 perform songs and read from his recent novel.


Havorford Speaker’s Committee Presents: An Evening with Will Shortz
Join Haverford students on February 10 as they welcome speaker Will Shortz, Founder of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the World Puzzle Championship and the league historian of the National Puzzlers’ League, to their campus.


SJU Theatre Company Presents: Miss Saigon

Watch students of St. Joseph’s University perform this popular musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. The show runs from February 16-18 from 8pm-11pm, February 24-25 8pm-11pm, with a matinee showing on February 26th 2pm-5pm.

You can contact Megan McIntosh at

Top 5 Upcoming Philly Events

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Here are the top 5 Campus Philly picks for events going on in Philly this week.  For more events, visit the Campus Philly Events Calendar

Restaurant Week

Price: $35 dinner, $20 lunch | When: January 30th to February 3rd | Where:  Center City

Like a deliciously-delectable dream, restaurant week is fading away, leaving you with only five days left to get your fill of Philly’s favorite dishes.  For only $35 for a three course meal, you can take a seat at some of Philadelphia’s most coveted (and expensive) dining tables, including Larcoix, Oyster House, and Barbuzzo – all Philly Mag top 10 picks.  Remember to save money by heading to lunch instead of dinner at participating restaurants for $15 dollars less, or dropping by Pizzeria Stella’s “Pizza Week” featuring a three-course lunch or dinner for only $25.

The Asteroid Galaxy Tour

Price: $15 | When: February 2nd, 8:30 pm | Where:  Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St.

Face it: Americans are shamelessly obsessed with Europe.  Fortunately, The Asteroid Galaxy Tour gives us a good reason.  Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, this psychedelic pop band began their launch into fame when featured on the hit TV series Chuck, Suits, and Gossip Girl with their popular tracks “The Golden Age,” “Lady Jesus” and “Around the Bend.”  With the price of admission a lot cheaper than a ticket to Denmark, make sure to see the band while they are on this side of the pond.

Art After Five: Philadelphia Dance Party with DJ Cosmo Baker

Price: $16, $12 with student ID | When: February 3rd, 5:00 – 8:45 pm | Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Every Friday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is transformed into a live music venue with free international or jazz music sets, guided tours of the exhibits, and Starr Restaurant Group catering.  But it definitely isn’t every Friday that the museum is transformed into Philadelphia’s hottest night club courtesy of DJ Cosmo Baker.  Founder of the Brooklyn’s internationally known DJ/remix collective “The Rub,” this world famous DJ is sure to spin tracks hot enough to make Picasso dance (and you, too).

The Marriage Equality Cabaret presented by Five Minute Follies

Price: $15 | When: February 4th, 8:00 | Where: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St

This Cabaret for a cause is an all-in-one extravaganza featuring singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, storytellers and most importantly positive messages about marriage equality.  You can even be part of the show by emailing audio or video of your act to  The cabaret promises to be as outrageously entertaining as it is outrageously charitable, with all proceeds from ticket sales benefiting Freedom to Marry.

Rock to the Future Benefit

Price: $9 | When: February 5th, 8:00 | Where: World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St

Still feeling generous?  This World Café Live event benefits Rock to the Future, a nonprofit organization that provides free music lessons and homework help to low-income Philadelphia youth.  With three Philadelphia based bands including Polar Ice Cap, The Danger O’s and Fast Car delivering a mix of indie and alternative rock, 60’s pop and 70’s punk, synthetic and classical music, your ears are sure to benefit as well.


You can contact Dominique Clarke at


Campus Quirks: Ursinus/Swarthmore

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Crazy campus traditions are as much a part of college life as bad cafeteria food and final exams, except in a good way. Sometimes these campus traditions are like a bucket list for the students where embracing quirky rituals seems to be the thing to do before graduating.

For most students, after about 4 years of living and eating together, one develops a comfort level that rivals the relationships one has with siblings and hometown friends. Ursinus College takes it one step further. Not only has the college had an inordinate amount of students find their spouses at the school, but they also have the graduation night tradition of sliding down the fountain in interesting apparel to say the least. Most students consider this tradition to be essential; this showing of  the spirit of Ursinus, so much so that even with the graduation date-change it’s expected to continue on this year as planned.

At Swarthmore College, one of their most absurd but well-known traditions is the Crum Regatta. During homecoming and family weekend, students take to the icy-cold waters of Crum creek and take part in a competition where everybody wins. Much time and effort is invested to create floating devices out of everything and anything that will allow the students to receive all the fame and glory that comes with the crossing of the finish line.

You can contact Megan McIntosh at

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Top 5 Philly Career Postings

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Here are this week’s top 5 career postings on

1. International House Philadelphia: Institutional Advancement Internship

Students with a desire to work in the nonprofit sector, check this out! For academic credit, the Institutional Advancement intern will help manage the fundraising database and donor files in the Office of Institutional Advancement, research membership development and marketing opportunities, and complete administrative tasks.

2. Please Touch Museum: Community Learning Intern 

Calling all kids at heart! In order to assist with community outreach programming, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia is seeking a Community Learning Intern that is willing to play and has experience with community service and/or volunteering.

3. Here’s My Chance: Operations Intern

HMC, a digital agency working to promote “social good” campaigns, is seeking an Operations Intern. A great opportunity to effect positive communal change, this position denotes a business background as a plus, with organizational and time management skills a must!

4. The Communications Group: Assistant to the Chief Creative Officer

The Communications Group media firm is looking to hire an intern with flexible hours and interests in PR, publishing, and event planning. College credit is being offered, and recent grads will be considered for the position.

5. HealthLink Medical Center: Intern in Development Department

An intern in the Development Department at this nonprofit will work alongside the Executive Director and Development team on the website, events, grant proposals, and donor database. If you have an interest in healthcare and collaborative work, apply!

You can contact Evetha Francois at

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Golden Asp: 20% off

Golden Asp

20% off shoes and accessories


Golden Asp specializes in special occasion dresses. College students receive 20% off shoes and accessories at the Bensalem retail store or online. For online orders, use promo code STUDENT.

2438 Pasqualone Blvd.
Bensalem, PA 19020

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Campus Philly: Meet the Writers

It’s an all new semester, and with it comes an all new team of Campus Philly writers! Already working hard to get you in the know, our team this semester represents 3 different colleges throughout the Philadelphia area. Because they are students like you, they know exactly what you would want to know. Here’s your chance to put a face and back story behind the names that you will soon be reading on a weekly basis.


Evetha Francois


Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

School: Temple ’13

Beat: Jobs & Internships

Wrap Sheet:

  • Desert Island. Stuck. 3 Things. Shoot:

“I’d choose my fully charged iPhone, sun hat, and drinking water.”

  • The world’s ending, but you have one last chance to watch TV. What’s on?

“The one show I never miss is 90210.”

  • What animal at the zoo strikes your fancy?

“My favorite animal at the Zoo is the Amur leopard.”


Megan McIntosh


Hometown: West Grove, PA

School: Ursinus ’12

Beat: Campus Life

Wrap Sheet:

  • We all have the theme song to our lives playing in our head. What’s yours?

“The theme song to my life would be “Be” by Common.”

  • The best way to find out about ourselves is to ask our friends. What would yours say?

“My friends would describe me as outgoing, loud, talkative.”

  • If given the chance, which celebrity would you be for a day?

“If I could be any celebrity, I’d choose Angelina Jolie or Beyonce.”


Dominique Clarke


Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ

School: University of Pennsylvania ’14

Beat: Local News & Events

Wrap Sheet:

  • We all love Philly, but where’s your favorite place?

“My favorite place in Philadelphia is Max Brenner because of chocolate.  Do I need another reason?”

  • What’s your dream job?

“I want to work as a food, travel, and lifestyle writer after college.”

  • What movie is always playing in your private theater?

“My all-time favorite movie is Ocean’s Eleven and Inside Man. I love smart crime movies.  No, I have no intention of committing one myself.”


So there you have it ladies and gentleman, the new faces of the Campus Philly team.  They’re here to make sure that you’re kept up to date with everything going on in the city of brotherly love. Look for their new articles coming to you as soon as next week!


Campus Philly’s 2012 Must Dos

Winter break is drawing to a close and in no time the new semester will be here. Your calendars will start to rapidly fill up, so what better time than now to get a quick glimpse of some great events coming to Philly?


The Philadelphia Orchestra: Arabian Nights –

February 2-4

Be transported to another place and time as The Philadelphia Orchestra plays an age-old Arabian tale. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg performs the daring Shostakovich, Violin Concerto No. 1.


Philadelphia Auto Show –

January 25- February 5

Race down to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and immerse yourself in a world of cars. See and sit in the ride of your dreams while sneaking a preview of future auto-trends.


From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce

February 17- September 3

The National Constitution Center is proudly hosting this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  created, exclusive exhibition, saluting an American icon who gave a voice to us all. Come see a cache of treasures from Bruce’s career and learn the story of his rise to fame.


Online Internship Fair –

February 20-24

Need an internship for the spring or summer? Get ready for Campus Philly’s Online Internship Fair! Between Monday, February 20th and Friday, February 24th, hundreds of internship opportunities will be ripe for the picking. All you need to do is log on and apply!


Philadelphia CineFest –

March 22-April 1

It’s all about camera work and action at the Philadelphia CineFest. Showcasing more than 135 foreign and independent films in theaters throughout the city, the best of the best directors of the genre unleash their creative works to share with cinema lovers.


Philadelphia Science Festival –

April 20-29

Philadelphia’s science community thrives year round, but is specifically highlighted during this two-week span connecting science, technology and engineering with the community built around them.


Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta –

May 11-12

Every year Philadelphia plays host to the largest collegiate regatta in America, sending thousands of rowers to compete on the Schuylkill. Spend the weekend in Fairmount watching the competition brew as you soak in the springtime in Philly’s most lush neighborhood.


South 9th Street Italian Market Festival –

May 19-20

Fancy an authentic, affordable Italian dinner? Head south to the Italian Market for Philadelphia’s biggest block party! The nation’s oldest outdoor market features live entertainment, games and delicious homemade foods.

You can contact Zach Thornbury at

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5 Ups for Successful Internships

Throughout your college career many factors contribute to graduating with a good start into the world in addition to academics. When entering into the “real” world, it is incredibly important, if not essential, to have at least one successful internship towards your career. Not only does it look great on a resume, but also it prepares you for what to expect after the final grades are in and you’re left standing with a diploma in your hand. But what can you do to assure you get and give as much to your internship as possible? Here are 5 Ups of internships that are guaranteed to have you padding your portfolio with recommendation letters in no time.


Show Up

Even though it may seem pretty obvious, there is no more important factor in an internship than actually showing up to work. We know, its easy to phone in a call that you’re overwhelmed with papers, or that you’re feeling under the weather, but it makes all the difference when your attendance is just shy of perfect. You may think your employer doesn’t realize it, but when you’re out, a part of the office is missing with you.


Listen Up

 What your coworkers say is important. There’s nothing worse than walking away from a meeting and realizing that you spaced out right when the directions to your project were laid out for you. Not only is it vital to listen to directions, but also to hear what your boss might say in regards to criticisms. Don’t look at them as insults, but ways of making your time in the office more cohesive with the whole team.


Speak Up

 DO NOT be that quiet intern in the office that stays in their cube. Everyone’s shy at first when entering a new office, intern or not. The only way to break that is to get to know the people around you. Share some war stories, or just talk to them about how school’s going. You have such a better chance of having your name remembered when they have a story behind the face. Don’t be afraid to throw in some ideas at those weekly meetings. It will show that you have skills outside of filing and making copies.


Cheer Up

 Everyone loves a smile so make yours the brightest one. It’s amazing how much of a difference you can make by simply having the correct attitude in an office. You can shape your own internship based on the friendships you make during your time there by merely making yourself a happy and desired person to talk to. Do your job with a smile on your face, and you will be amazed with how much your day can change.


Move Up

There’s no more valued trait in interns than their desire to move up in the business. Request projects that may not fall directly under your umbrella of work; not only are you gaining a new place in your boss’s eyes, but you are gaining a new set of experiences that you didn’t even know awaited you when first entering the position. If you diversify your work and spread yourself across the entire organization instead of just following your description, you will leave the position with more knowledge of your industry than when you started.

You can contact Zach Thornbury at

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