Tag: professional

How To: Avoid the Comparison Trap

As an upperclassman, the alarming speed at which my college graduation date approached me was accompanied by a mixed bag of feelings: excitement, relief, apprehension, gripping fear, etc. I often felt what I imagine it feels like to jump off a cliff, not knowing what awaits at the bottom of the foreseeable abyss. Dramatic, right? ...

Will People Read & Respond To Your Email?

Business professionals send and receive 200 billion emails daily. While we email frequently, these messages are often ineffective and inefficient. The following tips will better help your reader understand and take action with your email. Subject Line Clear email subject lines contain about 4-7 words telling readers what to expect in the email. For example, ...

Dress for Success

Landing a job or an internship is not always an easy feat.  You know the drill, submit your resume, go through a phone screen, schedule the in person interview.  You’re excited, but wait….how are you supposed to dress for the interview? According to J.K. Rowling, “A good first impression can work wonders.”    First impressions are ...

Finding Your Professional Identity – in the Place You Were a Student

As a fairly recent college grad, I am navigating the waters of my first full time, professional job like a lot of my fellow Class of 2017 (and now 2018!) graduates. I have just passed the one year mark in my position as the Center for Career Development and Educational Resource Center's Student Outreach Coordinator, ...

Get Ready for the Gig Economy

The workforce has changed significantly during the past 10 years since the economic recession of 2008, and the results are evident in how we work, where we work, and when we work.  The Gig Economy is here; and it is more than mobile apps or service/revenue sharing opportunities such as Lyft, Uber, GrubHub, and others.  ...

Surviving the Open Floor Plan

Traditional cubical layouts break up rooms into specific functional areas: walk spaces, common spaces, individual work spaces, etc. Cubes also break up the line of sight in a room. In the open floor plan everything is, well…you know, "open." This helps facilitate spontaneous collaboration because your coworkers can immediately see if you are "free" to ...

Why You Have To Show Up

Honor your commitments and you will go far.  Don't and you get nowhere. My palms were sweaty and my stomach churned. A flash of anger came over me. Why was I in this situation? I hadn't done anything wrong. But two BU students had no-showed to an interview and I was the lucky one who had ...