The Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences (MBDS) at Penn equips students with theoretical and practical tools to address a variety of real-life problems. Sakshi Ghai and Francesca Papa, two graduates of the program’s inaugural class, became interested in the problem of deterring dishonest behavior—and the solution took them all the way to Florence, Italy. Continue reading “How These Penn Students took their Research on Cheating all the way to Florence, Italy”
Finalizing your résumé for that perfect job? That dream internship? That once-in-a-lifetime scholarship? It can be intimidating to try and capture the essence of all your years of experience on one page, but it’s certainly possible. All you need to know is how to structure your resumé and exactly what to include, but of course, that’s easier said than done.
Our team at Campus Philly has the tips, tricks, and advice to help you make your resume as polished as possible. Here are the 5 steps to building your best resumé!
Summer interns converged on the Delaware River’s Independence Seaport Museum last week for My Philly Summer, the annual meetup hosted by Campus Philly for interns from companies all around the Greater Philadelphia area including: Comcast, Bentley Systems, Pennoni, SEPTA, Witty Gritty, Campus Philly and many, many more.
In fact, this year’s My Philly Summer had over 100 attendees! Every attendee had the opportunity to meet other interns from different industries and backgrounds, enjoy delicious (and FREE!) food, and play Philly-themed Quizzo for prizes, all while networking with fellow interns and local companies, making valuable connections that could shape the future of their careers. Continue reading “Photo Recap: Another Successful My Philly Summer Event for Interns in Philadelphia!”
You know the feeling when you’re in a job interview and it’s going GREAT, and you answered every question about your résumé, felt comfortable with all the responsibilities of the position, hit it off so well with the person interviewing you that you feel you’ve known each other for a lifetime…but then they ask you that dreaded question: “So do you have any questions for me?”
According to Business Insider, “…every interview is a two-way street. You should be interviewing the employer just as much as they’re interviewing you. You both need to walk away convinced that the job would be a great fit.”
But you can’t ask too many questions, right? And what if you ask the wrong questions? After scouring the web and asking around the Campus Philly office, here are seven questions to ask in an interview (and three to avoid unless the situation calls for it). Continue reading “7 Questions to Ask in an Interview (and 3 to NEVER)”
Spring semester is zipping by, and before you know it, summer will be here! Philadelphia Parks & Recreation wants to remind you that the city has got plenty of summer job options for you—400+ jobs, to be more specific. Lifeguards work at 70 outdoor pools across Philadelphia, earning $13.65 per hour while they do so.
But who’s a typical Parks & Rec lifeguard? There’s no one profile that fits the bill, but a sizeable portion of the lifeguard force is composed of high school and college students, many of whom return year after year for the leadership opportunities, decent salary, and chance to enjoy the summer sunshine. Take, for example, Kyree Westbrooks.
Kyree is a Parks & Rec lifeguard who has worked with us for seven years, beginning when he was in high school. He is currently an education major at the Community College of Philadelphia. Kyree likes the lifeguard job over the typical summer job young people get because of the good pay and the seriousness of the job.
“I get a lot of satisfaction from teaching young people from ages 6 to 16 how to swim in just a few weeks in the summer,” said Kyree. “I also appreciate that I am responsible for protecting the lives of hundreds of people each summer.”
Kyree became a lifeguard after being encouraged by Marty Jackson, a staffer at Ziehler Playground in the Olney section of the city. Kyree was a mainstay at the pool, and Marty figured that he might make a good lifeguard. Although Kyree was a good swimmer because of his many visits to Ziehler pool, he did not initially pass the first lifeguard screening test, but he did not give up. He took advantage of our remedial lifeguard classes, which enhanced his swimming technique and helped him build his endurance, and was able to pass the screening easily on his second attempt.
“I always recommend the lifeguard jobs to my friends since they always inquire about my high-paying summer job,” said Kyree. “I tell them, ‘Don’t sweat it if you are not a strong swimmer, the Parks & Rec staff is always willing to help potential lifeguards become stronger swimmers.’”
Join Kyree on the pool deck as a lifeguard this summer. Lifeguard screenings are taking place now, so it’s not too early to get swimming. Learn more at www.phila.gov/lifeguards.
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!
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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.
- This Friday is Final Friday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! The theme is “Weird Science,” which will feature experiments, discoveries, and art.
- Celebrate the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 27 at the Penn Museum.
- There’s nothing crappy about the deals at Art Star CRAP Bazaar. Local artists will be selling off their “seconds” at huge discounts.
- Yogi’s choice – a Sunday yoga session among plants in a greenhouse or sharks in an aquarium! Or you can check out $5 workout classes at Sunday’s Resolution Rx 2018.
- Take a stroll down the Parkway and marvel at the free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition. It makes for great Boomerang material.
- Take a quick survey and get a chance to win a free dinner courtesy of Philadelphia Magazine.
- Catch a free flick during Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest’s “Twelve Days of Christmas Movies,” which includes holiday classics like “Elf” and “Christmas Vacation.”
- Pull out your ugliest holiday sweater and head to Thursday night’s Science After Hours: Ugly Sweater Party at the Franklin Institute. (21+)
- Get your last minute shopping done during Thursday’s Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, then walk over to the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas Movies’ at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. P.S. With a valid student ID, get free skate admission at the rink Monday – Thursday until December 21st. Skate rental not included.
- Celebrate the holiday season Bossa Nova-style on Friday Night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- Take your laptop to your favorite coffee shop and start your spring internship search by creating your free Launch profile at campusphilly.org/launch. There are hundreds of local jobs and internships for you to apply to.
- See the sights and lights all around the city! Here are 8 Festive Events Happening in Philly Right Now.
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!
Michelle, Campus Philly
Photo by Brian Green
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.
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.
Michelle Ahn, Campus Philly Program Manager
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!