Archive for September, 2010

McDonalds Job Application

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Stop Stressing About Writing Your Resume!!!

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25 College Blogs for the College Student!

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is a list of my favourite top 25 blogs for the college student. These great blogs are fun, informative and provide great tips and advice for the college student or recent graduate


Life After College

There’s no manual for the real world. Find resources for life, work, money, happiness, personal growth, productivity and more:

Graduated And Clueless

Graduated And Clueless is Your Source for Conquering Life After College!

Life is like a box of chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Hooking Up Smart aims to support women and men in their search for meaningful relationships

The Simple Dollar

The Simple Dollar is a blog for those of us who need both cents and sense

Google Student Blog

Google news and updates especially for students

My Very Worst Date

War zone reporting from the dating trenches: yellers, criers, freeloaders, psychos, the depraved, etc

The “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks

A moderated blog with user-submitted pictures of quotation marks used improperly, with humorous commentary.

Green Smoothie Girl

Helping you achieve extraordinary health eating whole foods.

Student Branding Blog

Navigating Students to Future Success!


We started this site, because after College we found ourselves, as well as many of our friends, going through the “After- college crisis.”

Courting Your Career

Match yourself with the perfect job


Gearfire is a student productivity and organization blog, bringing you tips for academic success.


We decided to start making T-shirts because we want people to have fun, laugh, look good, feel comfortable

Relax grab a beer and read what has to offer.

Surviving College Life

Surviving College Life is every student’s guide to the ins and outs of college.

Every College Girl

The concept is simple: “things every college girl should know”

Lazy Man and Money

Lazy Man and Money is my personal journal where I explore how I can save money and make more money.

Man vs. Debt

Sell your crap. Pay off your debt. Do what you love

Overheard at

Overheard something funny or interesting on campus? Post it Here!

Ivy Gate

News, gossip and commentary blog that covers the Ivy League

College Candy

Read, frollick, comment, catfight: Have it out at CollegeCandy

Photographs of vaguely threatening signs, notes and messages

The Prereq

The Prereq: Required reading for your college world

Poorer Than You

Money issues for college students and 20-somethings, without being boring

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Advantages for using a professional resume writer

September 21, 2010 1 comment

Something to think about…

How many times have you picked up a magazine while waiting for an appointment and flipped through the hundreds of pages of articles? How long did it take you to decide whether or not to turn the page? Studies show that most people make this decision in less than 5 seconds.

This is the exact same scenario with your resume—it can be discarded within a matter of seconds. When applying for jobs, you can be assured that 50% of all the other applicants have similar skills and knowledge. So how do you make your resume stand out from the others? How do you ensure that you’re at least given the chance to present yourself in person?

Your resume is a marketing document, a convincing reason to want to meet with you for an interview. Without an appealing and marketable resume that contains information employers require, you will not get the job you want. While you may feel that you are the perfect fit for a job, it means absolutely nothing if you don’t have a convincing resume which is written, structured and formatted correctly.

Remember: A well written, formatted, structured resume you will get more calls, more interviews and find a new job faster…. Guaranteed!

5 Reasons to use a professional resume writer

1) Staying ahead of your competition
In the current state of the economy, demand and competition for jobs has never been higher. It is guaranteed that when you apply directly for a job there can be upwards of nearly 100 people other people applying for the same job. Some of this competition has probably used a professional resume writer, and this gives you an immediate advantage before the screening process even takes place

2) Most candidates are not capable of composing a resume that adequately highlights their strengths, accomplishments and achievements
Writing objectively is hard, and most candidates tend to struggle when writing about themselves. Resume writers approach the writing process from an employer’s, rather than a candidate’s point of view. They are then more successful with highlighting what potential employers are really looking for.

3) Professional writers have direct knowledge of “buzz words”, “keywords” & industry jargon

4) Recruiters and hiring managers don’t have time to read through a bad resume
A well-formatted and grammar-free resume will grab a reader’s attention and generate interest in you and increase your chances at getting to the interview stage.

5) Applying for jobs is serious business
Just like you would call upon a professional builder to help construct your house or a professional mechanic to repair your car, you need a professional resume writer to help you get a job. Writers offer advantages over the competition that will greatly improve your chances at getting hired.

If you require a professionally written resume to help you with your job pursuit please visit the resume experts at “RedStarResume”

The Hardest Challenges Facing College Graduates

September 20, 2010 1 comment

Competition (too few jobs and too many graduates)

Here is the scenario… You have graduated college with a good looking degree; you feel on top of the world and ready to pick and choose your dream job. The reality however is that your one of a many in the same boat. While you feel as though you would be best suited for a particular role there can be hundreds of other people who feel the same way as you. I often tell the story about my days as a recruitment consultant where I used to recruit for graduate positions. I would post a graduate position on the job boards and by lunch time I would have 200 applicants in my inbox. So what can you do to differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd? You need to ensure that your resume is in the top 5-10% of all resumes. A single mistake in your resume can be the difference between your resume ending up in the interview stack or in the deleted folder

Downturn in the economy:

We are all sick and tired of hearing about the global financial situation, sluggish economic growth and rising unemployment. Unfortunately this is the situation which new graduates find themselves facing when looking for a job in 2010. My best advice is to network, stay patient and increase the effort into the job search. You are going to have setbacks and days when you feel like the whole world is against you. The real challenge will be ones of Continuing perseverance and confidence.

Lack of Real world experience:

My advice to all graduates (and those preparing to graduate) is to seek work experience. I personally hated this advice while I was at university but looking back now my work experience helped me plan out my career and gain vital experience in competitive industries. When the time came to put forward my resume, my previous work experience set me apart from many of my competitors.

Too high expectations:

Many graduates (myself included) complete university and expect to hand pick the job which they want. Furthermore in 2010, graduates have an expectation that they know what is best and should actually be the boss rather than working for the boss. So many times I have had graduates apply for job positions which are so unrealistic and then get despondent because they are not getting interview requests. It’s important for graduates to realize that they need to gain the experience before they can call themselves the boss.

Debate between further higher education and job seeking

Do you continue to study or start straight away with the job seeking? Many graduates don’t have a choice in this matter but for those who do continuing to study can lead to greater results long term (financial and job position) and also further help distinguish yourself apart form other graduates. On the other hand is it better to start working and get your foot in the door? There’s no better education then real life experience of learning on the job.

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Make the Right Decisions!

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

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5 First-Time Resume Concerns

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

5 common concerns and a few suggestions on how to overcome these.

1. Lack of Experience

This is probably the most common problem faced by students and new graduates. Try to fill this gap by focusing on skills you have acquired through school projects, coursework, volunteer activities, or part-time jobs. Did you maybe take a foreign language class in college? Do you have research experience? Skills such as these can help boost your resume.

2. No References

References shouldn’t be listed on your resume itself, but a potential employer will ask you for references at some point. If you’ve hit a wall here because you have little to no experience, that’s ok. Academic references are definitely acceptable, as are references from supervisors at part-time or volunteer positions. Do everything you can to avoid references from family or friends as these are not typically accepted.

3. Low GPA

If you’re a student or recent graduate, a potential employer will probably want to see your GPA. If it isn’t great (under a 3.0, for example), there are ways to get around this. You could try listing your major GPA (classes that applied towards your major) for example, as opposed to your cumulative GPA.

4. Length of Resume

Definitely keep your resume within the 1-2 page range. If you don’t have much experience, you can probably get everything on one page, but try not to feel restricted by this number. Two page resumes are entirely acceptable as long as they contain relevant information.

5. Resume Format

Education or experience listed first? Everyone is different, so use your best judgment on this one. Generally speaking, students and graduates list education first, but if you have some amazing professional experience to highlight on your resume, list that first.

Laura is the Marketing Coordinator for RedStarResume, a business that provides resume and cover letter writing services for students, graduates and young professionals.

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