Do Good, Feel Good News from Generocity

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Top 10 Words to Avoid on a Resume

Okay, so you’ve found a job posting you’re completely in love with. You review the job description, the skill set and you’re ready to submit your resume. Before you hit the send button, make sure to read Campus Philly’s top 10 list of common words to nix from your resume so you can be one step closer to your dream job!

1. Hard Worker 

Almost all applicants claim to be “hard workers.” Saying you’re a hard worker doesn’t make you stand out from the rest of the crowd! To impress your employer, explain how you’ve gone that extra mile by citing examples.

2. Self-starter 

Instead of using the term “self-starter” on your resume, why don’t you illustrate times when you’ve taken initiative without managerial supervision? Hiring managers like examples, not just words.

3. Team Player 

This word is a given. Of course companies want you to be a team player. Showing that you have been a team player in previous projects and situations gives the employer the idea that you can collaborate in a group that has multiple ideas, help your team mates during stressful projects, and it also shows your ability to handle multiple personalities in a team situation. Show your employers how you’ve worked as a team player. 

4. Highly Qualified

Show the employer how you’re highly qualified for the position. Do you have skill sets or qualifications that prove that you’ll be a good fit for the role? Use descriptive language to quantify your biggest achievements. The employer will know if you’re highly qualified for the position based on how you describe your past achievements.

5. Dynamic

Unless you’ve created a way to cure world hunger or are a superhero, your resume will be just fine without the word dynamic.

6. Problem Solver 

Employers want to see evidence that you’re a problem solver. How have you solved conflicts in a team setting? Or how have you overcome hurdles in your work or academic career? Maybe you’ve devised a better system to make something operate more efficiently.

7. Familiar With

When you’re writing your skill set and qualifications, instead of using the term “familiar with” to describe your knowledge of Microsoft Excel, use descriptive language such as beginner, intermediate, proficient, or advanced to portray to the employer your knowledge of the particular program. It will show your level of expertise in a detailed sense rather than broader one.

8. Reliable 

If I could give you my top word to omit from your resume, it would be the word “reliable.” Use the space to go into more detail. Employers expect you to be dependable and show up on time to work, team meetings, and any other projects. Being reliable allows others to trust you and trust in the work that you do.

9. Flexible 

Show your employer how you’ve adapted to changes in the workplace instead of just telling them. Change is constantly happening all around us. In the workplace, new managers are constantly coming and going, new employers are hired each and every day, and new regulations can be put into place at any time. Explain how you’ve successfully responded in situations which required you to adapt and be flexible.

10. People Person 

Showing skills of effective communication between coworkers, clients, managers, and stakeholders are a vital component in any job function that you do. Employers want to see that you can successfully communicate your ideas. This includes communicating with a party you may have a disagreement with, and showing that you can win over that client based on how you communicate the product or service.

The moral of the story? Words are a powerful thing, but when it comes to resumes, employers want you to show them why they should hire you for the job, not because you tell them to with any of the words listed above. Once you’ve updated your resume, head over to campusphilly.org/launch, check out hundreds of local gigs and apply away!

Hey You, Take a Hike!

What immediately comes to mind when you think of Philly? We bet it’s not the nearby trails you can hike or bike on or weekend street closures for pedestrian activities. Yeah, we have all that! That’s why we’re going to give you a different, greener view of the area surrounding Philadelphia.

Weekends on Kelly Drive
From April through October, MLK Drive, which runs through Fairmount Park, is closed off to cars every Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that runners, cyclists and pedestrians can use the lanes freely. Read more here.


Field Guide: 8 Hikes Near Philadelphia With Waterfalls and Gorgeous Views
As a Northeastern PA native, I am partial to Ricketts Glen State Park! Who doesn’t love a good waterfall? This summer,  I am definitely checking out the other 7 spots.


Under-the-Radar Bike Trails Around Philly
Katie Monroe, founder of the Facebook group Women Bike PHL, spills on her favorite less-crowded bike trails around town.


The top three hiking destinations within 10 miles of Philly
On a nice weekend, you’ll probably find some of Campus Philly’s staff hiking or biking along the Wissahickon.


Free Saturday Public Boating at Bartram’s Garden 
Every Saturday from 11am–3pm (in season), the public can explore the Schuylkill River by rowboat or kayak from the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse. Our 2017 season runs from April 22 to October 28.

Whatever path you choose to drive down, we want to know about it! Share your adventures on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag @CampusPhilly.

 

 

Find Your Favorite Hangout(side) Spot

Memorial Day weekend is always full of outdoor activities. Luckily, Philly has an outdoor hangout spot for every interest! Below find out where to catch an outdoor movie, free live music, Memorial Day weekend fireworks and more.

Brews with a viewWednesday at Parks on Tap at FDR Park Boathouse. Thursday at Brews & Views at the Free Library. Friday at Cira Green. For more beer gardens around the city, go here.

Brews & Views at the Free Library

Al fresco cinema: On Thursday, May 25, “Sister Act” will be playing outside on the big screen at Movie Night at The Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties.

Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons

Riverfront activities: Celebrate opening Day of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Friday, May 26. Spend your Sunday at Penn’s Landing Waterfront Day, then end your day with Memorial Day fireworks by the water.


Music at The Mann: Philly POPS presents the second annual Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute at the Mann, a community concert honoring the American tradition of service on Saturday, May 27 at 7pm during Memorial Day weekend. In celebration of those who serve, all tickets to the concert will be provided free of charge.


Bright lights at night: Prepare to be enchanted at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square happening now until June 11, or make your way to Spruce Street Harbor Park for an illuminated hammock hang.

Spruce Street Harbor Park at night

Hike or bike: Discover 8 Hikes Near Philadelphia With Waterfalls and Gorgeous Views, Under-the-Radar Bike Trails Around Philly, The top three hiking destinations within 10 miles of Philly and more.

Students hiking the Wissahickon Trail

This is just a sample of what’s going on this month! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar and Facebook events page for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

ICYMI: Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia

Campus Philly’s Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia event was designed to help students find their starting place within Philly’s unique science and tech community. So when students came to the program on Tuesday, April 11 at Seer Interactive, science and tech leaders– Black Tribbles, Indy Hall, NextFab, Science After Hours, Science on Tap, Tech Girlz and Wagner Free Institute of Science— talked about why they’re passionate about Philadelphia, told students how they can get involved throughout the year, and invited them to Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week.

Following the talk, students had a chance to casually network with the speakers and connect with hiring employers, like Bender Inc., Seer Interactive, Bentley Systems, TD Bank, Comcast, TherapyNotes, CubeSmart and Vanguard.

You can watch Geek’s Guide in it’s entirety right here:

If you’re interested more events like Geek’s Guide, bookmark our Launch events page. And if you’re looking for a summer job or internship in Philadelphia, you should definitely sign up for a free Launch account— there are tons of local gigs for you to apply to!

Mayor Kenney to College Students: “Call Philly Home This Summer”

As Mayor of this incredible city, my mission every single day is to make Philadelphia a place where people want to live and work. With the spring semester fully underway, I’d like to extend an invitation, share some advice, and make a request to all of you as you make your summer plans.

I invite you to spend your summer living and working here in Philadelphia. As you know, this is a great place to go to school, but it’s an even better place to live and work. I’d love for you to get a taste of that this summer with an internship or, if you’re about to graduate, your first job after college.

While you’re here, my advice to you is to make time to get to know the city. Campus Philly is here to help you do that. Look out for their My Philly Summer program for summer interns and sign up for their newsletter. Plus, there is plenty for you to see, do and experience while you are in Philadelphia. Make sure you check out the great arts and culture this city has to offer. Stop by Reading Terminal Market or one of the unique restaurants in your own neighborhood. Join a few hundred thousand of your closest friends on the Ben Franklin Parkway for the July 4th fireworks. Take in a game at Citizens Bank Park.

Mayor Kenney poses for a photo with My Philly Summer attendees.

And finally, my ask. Consider committing to Philadelphia – staying here, making a difference here, and building a future here. Our city is full of opportunity for young people. Not only are there amazing jobs available, but we also have a vibrant environment and high quality of life at a lower cost than many other cities. Selfishly, I know that Philadelphia needs you – your energy, your creativity, your great minds and your hearts to help us thrive and to address some of the challenges that lie ahead.

I hope to see you around this summer!

Jim Kenney

Mayor, City of Philadelphia


Learn about Campus Philly’s Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31 and launching in Philly at campusphilly.org/launchevents.

#SummerGoals Start with Online Job + Internship Week

From squads to relationships, we see all kinds of #goals on social media. So what are your summer goals? If they include getting an internship, making memories and staying in Philadelphia, you should definitely check out  Online Job + Internship Week happening March 27-31. 

During Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week, you’ll find hundreds of reasons to stay in the region this summer.  Throughout the week hundreds of employers will be logging on to find candidates like you to join and grow with their team. With advice provided by Campus Philly’s President, Deborah Diamond and Program Manager, Debora Charmelus, you’ll be prepared to start planning your summer in Philadelphia.

Online Job + Internship Week preparation goals:
1. Create your account in a few minutes on campusphilly.org/launch.
2. Complete your profile and show off your personality!
3. Starting  Monday, March 27, log on to start your search.
4. Return every day; new positions will be posted all week.

We can write a very long list of #phillysummergoals but we’ll keep it short and simple with our summer favorites and a note from Mayor Kenney to YOU! Finally, our interns, Dan and Haley, show you how easy and accessible– literally wherever you have an internet connection — Online Job + Internship Week is.

Launch Anywhere During Online Job + Internship Week! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

ICYMI: Prepare to Launch Facebook Live Chat!

Want to get the most out of a job or internship? Learn interview tips, what employers want to see and how to stand out as an intern from an established CEO and a recent college graduate. Campus Philly’s President Deborah Diamond went live this past Tuesday with Program Manager Debora Charmelus on Campus Philly’s to let you know what it takes to launch your career in Philly.

Watch it below or on our Facebook! P.S. Once we realized we were sideways, we flipped the camera!

Stay and launch in the greater Philadelphia region this summer! Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week is taking place March 27 to 31 at campusphilly.org/launch. Create your profile by March 24 to make the most of the week. Sign up today!

Prepare to Launch with Tomorrow’s Facebook Live Chat!

Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., we’re going Facebook Live for Ask Debora(h) Squared!

Want to get the most out of a job or internship? Learn interview tips, what employers want to see and how to stand out as an intern from an established CEO and a recent college graduate. Campus Philly’s President Deborah Diamond will be going live this Tuesday with Program Manager Debora Charmelus on Campus Philly’s Facebook page to let you know what it takes to launch your career in Philly.

Follow us on Facebook to get the notification that we’re going live!

Deborah Diamond and Debora Charmelus are ready to answer your questions!

Make sure your question gets answered!! Send them to Brynn at brynn@campusphilly.org by Monday, March 20.

Connect to hundreds of internships

Stay and launch in the greater Philadelphia region this summer! Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week is taking place March 27 to 31 at campusphilly.org/launch. Create your profile by March 24 to make the most of the week. Sign up today!

Intern-view with Meredith Friedman of CubeSmart

With Online Job & Internship Week (OJIW) coming up  on March 27-31, I thought it’d be great to get some background and advice from the real people who work for the companies looking for you. I had the chance to hear from Meredith Friedman of CubeSmart; one of the many companies you can apply to during OJIW, to get some inside advice on what it’s like to work at CubeSmart as well as some helpful tips to get you ready for the Week!

So, who are you and what do you do?

Meredith: I’m the Director of Talent at CubeSmart. I am responsible for efforts to attract, retain, & develop talent at the company. We’re a rapidly growing Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) company focused on storage and extraordinary customer service. We find that people who need storage are often going through a life transition – maybe they’re downsizing, moving, going through some other big life change.

What’s it like working at a growing company like CubeSmart?

Meredith: Just to give you an idea of how rapidly we are growing, when I started here two years ago, we had 500 stores; now we’re at over 800 stores in over 30 states. It’s a very dynamic business and we are doing a lot of recruiting.

I was reading a bit about CubeSmart and came across the “WOW philosophy” could you talk a little bit more about that?

Meredith: So, it’s our culture of surprising and delighting our customers – that recognition that our customers are going through some life transition. It’s little things like opening the door to the store when customers approach, smiling, and shaking hands.

I also read about the rebranding of CubeSmart in 2011, what should students know about the future of CubeSmart?

Meredith: It’s exciting. We are a real estate company first. All of the buildings are well lit and clean and have great landscaping. We are trying to redefine the industry. We have cutting edge revenue management analytics and state of the art technology. It’s a very innovative approach.

How does CubeSmart survey and identify talent?

Meredith: We are big on teammate referrals. We try to be visible in the community – that’s why we’re Campus Philly partners. Exposure to universities and college is a must. We attend many college job fairs. We also use available technology like Indeed and Zip Recruiter.

Continuing with the student and finding talent theme: What do you think are some great qualities of a hopeful intern/employee?

Meredith:  Someone who is open to learning. Someone who’s responsible over the summer. The more they can be a sponge, the better. Have a willingness to do new and different things, be exposed to different parts of a business, and share some ideas they’ve learned in class because we too can learn from them.

I know landing a job after college can be a challenge. What are some things students should keep in mind when applying for a job straight out of college?

Meredith:   I can’t overstate the importance of networking – it’s critical. Showing up to events like Campus Philly’s summer party gives students more exposure to network.The volume of applicants with technology is staggering. Sometimes, it is overwhelming. It’s important through LinkedIn to have connections; maybe you have a connection at the company. Have a resume that is grammatically correct, be polite, and send thank you emails after an interview. These things set people apart, especially if you’re interviewing at a company like ours where customer service is a top priority.

How does someone stand out in a digital landscape such as Online Job & Internship Week?

Meredith: Cover letters are one way to stand out – even if it’s just a paragraph describing how their skills and interests align with the position. This tells us “Why do they want to spend their summer working us?” For example –  we have a bunch of internships at our call center in the summer, someone can convey in their cover letter that they enjoy helping people over the phone; it’s hard to know that through a resume.

Awesome, well I think we covered a lot on a range of topics. Thank you so much for you time!


If you like what you’ve read, check out CubeSmart’s employer page during OJIW and apply to their open positions. How to prepare for Online Job + Internship Week:

1. Create your account in a few minutes on campusphilly.org/launch.
2. Complete your profile and show off your personality!
3. Starting  Monday, March 27, log on to start your search.
4. Return every day; new positions will be posted all week.