Live in the Philly Moment!

What an exciting time to be a student in Philadelphia! The Eagles are Super Bowl bound, The Franklin Institute has a special student discount to see the famed Terracotta Warriors and there are cool upcoming events happening all over the city, PLUS Open Arts Membership Week and Wired:Philly, our recruiting event for science and tech majors.  Below are our weekend picks!

P.S. Take this quick survey for your chance to win a free dinner in the city.

Deal Alert! The Franklin Institute is offering a student discount (only $10!) for a special Evening with The Terracotta Warriors on Thursday, February 8. Create an Open Arts account (FREE!) to access this deal.

 

 

Now What? Six Things to Do in Philly Now That Class Is Out

 

Conquering the Cover Letter

Work on your cover letter with friends.

by Michelle Ahn

Don’t let a cover letter delay your application for an awesome job or internship this year! Learn how to master the art of the cover letter with our five best tips below!

1. Start with a clean and solid introductory paragraph

If you know who will be reviewing it, address it to them; otherwise, the “To whom it may concern” approach works well. Your introductory paragraph should not be a summary of your life story. Keep it nice and short, by introducing yourself, and explaining why you’re writing to them. You can also reference how you found the position “I was excited to see XYZ role on the JKL career site,” or “I was forwarded this opportunity by a mentor who saw it as a good fit,” etc. You’re setting the stage for your letter here, so no need to get into the meat of it just yet. Typically this is where you should say “I’m writing to express my interest in XYZ role” and “I am a student at XYZ School with interest in pursuing XYZ.” Any other details you want to add here will 9 times out of 10 belong in your second paragraph.

2. Breathe life into your resume

In your second paragraph you have the chance to contextualize your experiences, and paint a picture of your accomplishments. Don’t overload this paragraph with too much—try and focus in on a few accomplishments that really show your skills, abilities, and strengths that match the job description. Use the job description as a guide, and outline exactly how your past experiences match the qualifications required for this role. This is a good place to include metrics that matter, for example if the job you’re applying for wants to see competency in social media platforms and you were responsible for PR in a student group, you can include “increased Twitter follows by X, over Y” or “during this time our follow count increased by X%.” This is a succinct way to show off your proficiency in a skill.

3. Show off your research

In your third paragraph, make your cover letter personal. Recruiters can instantly tell if you’re submitting the same cover letter to each company, and just slapping a new title onto it. Don’t be that person—make sure you do your research about the company and find reasons why you want to work there, and then put all of that into your cover letter. If you’re excited about the prospect of being able to work with your dream company in your dream gig, this is the place to share! Let them know what it is about their workplace that makes you want to join the team.

4. Closing strong

Congrats, you’re almost at the end of your best cover letter ever! In your closing paragraph make sure that you’re including all the pertinent details that your recruiter might need to know. This is where you can state your availability, your contact information, etc. You should also reiterate your interest in the company position and the role, and then sign off!

5. Polishing it up

Don’t forget that your cover letter, like your resume, should not extend past one page. Period. You also want to make sure that your formatting remains clean and consistent. Don’t feel as if you need to get overly fancy with it—you just want to make sure that it’s a pleasant experience to read. As a personal preference, I like to keep my resume and cover letter formatting aligned and consistent; if I have a contact header on my resume, I try to keep the same style header on my cover letter, so they look good together and stand out above other candidates.

That’s a wrap on writing a great cover letter! Put these tips into action and head over to campusphilly.org/launch to check out your future dream gigs. Stay tuned for the next edition of the career advice blog where we will discuss shining up your Linkedin profile!

Happy Holidays,
Michelle, Campus Philly

Photo by Brian Green

Out with the Old, and in with the New!

Below are our top resume tips to make your resume sparkle in the New Year:

1.       Keep your resume to one page

As a general rule of thumb, unless you’ve worked for decades, your resume really should not be more than one page. Recruiters sift through hundreds of resumes a day, and if there’s clearly information on your resume that isn’t relevant, it’s easy to glaze over it and keep moving. You want to make sure that your resume is finely tuned, shorter, and customized.  Which brings us to tip #2…

 

2.       Customize, Customize, Customize

Seek to highlight your most relevant experiences for the job that you’re applying for! You don’t need your high school babysitting experience when applying for a data analyst internship your junior year of college! PRO tip: I like to keep one long word document filled with all of my professional work experience (along with some of my side hustles!), all of this information is formatted exactly the way my resume is, which makes it easy for me to simply copy and paste relevant experience when applying for a new internship or job! Take a few hours from your holiday break to sit down and write down all the professional, and/or extracurricular experience you’ve gained! It’s the best gift you can give your future self.

3.       Don’t overdo creativity

Even if you’re searching for work in more creative fields, I would recommend making sure that your resume has simple and clean formatting. A clear and consistent font and logical formatting goes a long way with helping recruiters get a good idea of what your experience is like. It also ensures that when your resume goes through automated computer systems, you aren’t passed over because the computer couldn’t decode all your hard work. There’s plenty of space to flex your creativity in the later rounds of that interview process!

4.       Strong bullets and action words!

Don’t forget that less is more. You should be making every word on your resume reflect your strengths. Don’t overload your resume with fillers, but rather make sure that every bullet on there is intentional, and a good reflection of both your work experience, but also what you could potentially bring to the table! Use action words to show exactly how you’ve been able to accomplish something. If you’re looking for work in a field where metrics are not necessarily key, then don’t feel the need to insert numbers for the sake of numbers. However, if you are looking for work where metrics are an important reflection of your accomplishments, definitely do not sleep on them! Numbers paint a very accurate picture of what you’ve been able to accomplish, and can help the recruiter understand your skill sets tangibly.

5.       Proofread.

Proofreading and making sure that your resume is as clear of typos and grammatical errors as possible represents your commitment and attention to detail. If you feel like you’ve stared at your resume too long, then make sure to take a few days break, so that you can get fresh eyes on it next time. Better yet, ask a friend or trusted upperclassmen to take a look at your resume. Often times a different set of eyes will reveal typos you wouldn’t have noticed, or just offers a fresh perspective! Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask someone to do this for you, trust that they’ve asked people before them, and the circle just keeps on giving. Don’t forget that done is better than perfect, so if you’ve stared at the computer screen for too long, asked for feedback from others, and feel good about it, then by all means hit submit!

I hope this advice has been helpful to you with your process; stay tuned for our next edition of career blog advice where we break down everything to do with cover letters.

Happy Holidays!

Michelle  Ahn, Campus Philly Program Manager

Make It Count! 5 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Week

Your upcoming winter break is the perfect time to lock down your spring internship! Create your free Launch account at campusphilly.org/launch to check out hundreds of local gigs like the ones featured in our Top 5 picks.


It’s the most wonderful time of year in Philadelphia! These 8 Festive Events Happening in Philly Right Now” are happening all month long so check ’em out.


If you want to find unique gifts for your friends and family and support local artists and makers, check out these upcoming holiday markets.


RSVP to the Inclusive Leadership Conference! This popular event takes place on Saturday, February 3, 10AM – 4PM, at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center.


Looking for more? Our calendar is a great resource for planning your Philadelphia adventure!

 

 

Find Your Spring Internship, Get on the List for an Awesome Conference + Check out Local Holiday Happenings!

Believe it or not, it’s time to lock down that spring internship! Create your free Launch account at campusphilly.org/launch to check out hundreds of local gigs like the ones featured in our Top 5 picks.

 


Bookmark the Inclusive Leadership Conference registration page. Starting this Friday, December 1, you can RSVP to this free, all-day conference happening on Saturday, February 3 at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center.


‘Tis the season for tree lightings, holiday markets and parties! On Tuesday, November 28, you can catch the Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square. Thursday night looks like the perfect time to get a little holiday shopping at the opening night of  Historic Holiday Nights in Old City! And lace up your ice skates and coast into the weekend at Friday’s tree lighting at the Blue Cross RiverRink.

Get more ideas for fun holiday activities by checking out our picks for Holiday Happenings and Holiday Lights in Philadelphia.


Looking for more local events? Check out Campus Philly’s event calendar, which has tons of events handpicked with college students in mind!

No Classes This Week? More Time to Get Motivated!

Fall break = more time to hang out, plan ahead and explore! Get motivated to find that dream internship for the spring semester and explore Philadelphia in all it’s holiday glory with our picks below.

Apply to one of our Top 5 picks

1.  Pennoni | Graduate Transportation Engineer – Warrington
2. City of Philadelphia | Shared Prosperity Fellow
3. Garfield Group | Junior Copywriter
4. Netrality | NOC Analyst
5. Salus University | Digital Marketing Internship


 

Right now the city is getting dressed up in twinkling lights to dazzle us this holiday season. It all starts with a parade and continues with lighting ceremonies, outdoor markets, ice skating and holiday spectaculars. Check out our ‘Tis the Season To-Do:

Looking for more local events? Check out Campus Philly’s event calendar, which has tons of events handpicked with college students in mind! 

Get Motivated to Explore All Things Philly!

Check out our weekly Top 5 picks! There are gigs from Pennoni, Pop! Promos, SAP, Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs and Philadelphia Film Society.


Make plans to check out one (or all!) of the events on  Campus Philly’s calendar. We’re always adding to it so check in to see what’s new!


RSVP to tomorrow’s Leadership Connection  event at Publicis Health Media!  Learn from regional activists, civic leaders, artists, and others about how they began, what challenges they face, and what they hope their impact will be in the future.

 

Dreamin’ of the Weekend in Philadelphia

This Friday! Celebrate National Sandwich Day with a free FOMO cheesesteak from SOMO on Main Street in Manayunk. Grab yours from 11AM to 3PM while supplies last.

Oh, and this Friday = First Friday in Philadelphia! Check out:
— Open Arts College Night at the Arden Theatre
— First Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
— InLiquid 2017 Benefit – Young Professionals Night + more.

Show your local park some love on Love Your Park Fall Service Day on Saturday, November 4! It’s a great way to pitch in and get involved in your community. This is a citywide event with multiple locations. Register here.

Indulge in everything apple at Peddler’s Village 44th Annual Apple Festival happening this Saturday and Sunday.

Treat yourself to a little something from Sunday’s Clover Market in Bryn Mawr. This traveling market has everything– vintage finds, handmade goods and most importantly, food!

Stroll around the city and local museums at Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation and Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

And make sure these upcoming events are on your radar:
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, November 4-19
— First Person Arts Festival happening November 5-18
Leadership Connection at Publicis Health Media on Tuesday, November 14.

Five Gigs to Apply to, Five Events to Check Out

We want to motivate you to have the best Philly experience! Below we have our weekly Top 5 career picks and a handful of events you can check out this week.

Top 5 gigs:

  1. Comcast | Community Investment Intern (FT)
  2. Pennoni | Graduate Municipal Engineer – West Chester 
  3. SAP | SAP iXp Intern – Software Design Engineer Job 
  4. City of Philadelphia | Policy Intern 
  5. Frank Recruitment Group | Entry-level Sales: Trainee Recruitment Consultant 

Monday, October 30 & Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Movie Marathon at The Schmidt’s Commons 

BYOC (bring your own chair) and blanket for FREE outdoor movie screenings of “Paranormal Activity” on Monday and “Halloween” on Tuesday!


Tuesday, October 31
Science After Hours: Spirits at The Franklin Institute (21+)
“Come in costume and encounter spine-tingling science and hair-raising experiments at an evening that will distill the science of your favorite drinks and the myths of Halloween haunts and horrors.”


Tuesday, October 31
“Carrie” at Bok
“On Halloween night, catch a screening of the 1976 horror film “Carrie,” adapted from Stephen King’s novel. The film will be screened at what was once Bok Technical High School…we have a feeling it will still be eerie to watch the prom scene while inside an old high school.”


Friday, November 3
Open Arts College Night: First Friday at the Arden Theatre
Spend Friday night in Old City! On the first Friday of every month, Old City’s neighborhood galleries hold open houses. On November 3rd, check-in at the Open Arts table at the Arden Theatre to get your FREE arts crawl map and discount card.


Saturday, November 4
LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day
“This one-day citywide event invites Philadelphia friends and neighbors to plant trees, collect leaves for compost, and prepare their public green spaces for the winter season.”