Category: Tips + Advice

Phone Interviews

Congratulations! An employer would like to interview you! However, they are not requesting an in-person interview but a TELEPHONE INTERVIEW! Increasingly, employers are using phone interviews as a cost effective and efficient way to screen candidates before inviting them in for a longer in-person interview, which may involve meeting with many employees and/or managers. A ...

Finding Your Fit as a Liberal Arts Major

My seven-year-old daughter changes her mind every day about what she wants to be when she grows up. One day she wants to be a baker, the next day a photographer, and sometimes she wants to be a farmer. Frustrated, she will say that she can’t decide. To which I reply, “you don’t have to ...

Interpreting a Job or Internship Description

An important part of the internship/job search process is being able to interpret the description. The best way to fully understand a position description is to take several minutes to deconstruct it.

Career Options for English Majors

A few months before receiving my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Boston University, many of my closest friends and family began to ask me what I was planning to do with my degree. I’d like to tell you that I had been intently thinking about what I’d do after graduation, but in all ...

Secure Storage for Recommendation Letters

Applying to graduate school? Seeking career opportunities in the academic field? Confused about organizing all of the documents necessary to apply for such opportunities? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Interfolio may be a helpful resource for you to explore. What is Interfolio? Interfolio is an online service that provides a ...

Answering The Most-Dreaded Interview Question

Great, you’ve got an interview for an internship or job that really excites you! You begin to prepare for the interview and think about the most frequently asked question: “So, tell me about yourself.” You get nervous just thinking about such an open-ended question. Rather than dread this inquiry, here are some do’s and don’ts ...

On-Campus Interviews = Employers Come to You

On-campus interviews are a win-win for all involved. Employers coming to campus want to hire BU students. Who knows, they just might hire you!

Why an Action Plan Works

What is a career action plan? It is a way to stay focused on both short-term (one to two years out) and long-term (two years or more) career goals. An action plan helps keep you on track and moving forward as you make progress in understanding, exploring, and attaining a career that is a great ...

How Studying Abroad Can Help Build Your Mosaic

When you graduate, an employer or graduate school will be interested in ALL of the experiences you had as an undergraduate student. Studying abroad is one that you may be able to showcase, but it is up to you to illustrate why your study abroad experience is relevant and valuable for the job (or degree ...

Why People Skills Matter

Martha Brill shares a few tips to demystify what people skills are, how you can gain them, and how to talk about them as you pursue internships and jobs.