More tips on how to rock the career fair

On Monday, we offered a few suggestions on how you can make a good impression at a career fair, whether you’re looking for a job or an internship. Today, we have a few more suggestions for you.

1. Bring a past performance evaluation with you.
Showing a written document from a former boss to a potential employer or internship supervisor shows that you have worked well in the past at another company or organization, that you came prepared, and that you’re willing to go that extra mile.

2. Listen for what the recruiters ask other candidates.
Let’s face it. You’re probably going to spend some time waiting in line at some booths. But, in that time, listen for what the recruiters ask the candidates in front of you and prepare an answer. Most likely, the recruiter will ask each candidate similar questions

3. Ask for an interview.
Now, we don’t want to mislead you into thinking that just because you ask for an interview you’ll get one. It does matter when and how you do it. Before you conversation ends, ask for an interview and tell the representative why he or she should give you one. For example, you could say, “If you grant me an interview, I won’t let you down.”

Again, if you have any suggestions to share please let us know.


Tips on how you can rock the career fair

The spring semester is coming to a close (yes, we know it may not be ending fast enough for you) and that means you may be starting to think about the future. If you’re graduating, you’re probably thinking about getting a job. If you have more school to go, you may be thinking about an internship.

And that’s where career fairs come in. Career fairs are great places to meet potential employers or find possible internships. But, if you’re going to rock the career fair, you’ll have to be prepared.

Thomas Frank, who writes the College Info Geek blog  offers several suggestions on how to get prepared.

Wear the right stuff
You want to make a good first impression, and your outward appearance will play a part in that impression. That means you’re going to have to look like a professional. Wear a suit or a professional-looking dress or shirt. (Ladies, please, keep in mind that all of your parts need to be hidden, unless you want a job at a strip joint.)

Make your resume stand out
Recruiters are going to see lots of resumes during the fair. Yours will need to stand out. We’re going to address later in April, so stay tuned.

Create some snazzy business cards
Some recruiters may not accept paper resumes at a fair, asking you to upload it to their company’s website instead. If that’s the case, you’ll still want to leave them with something to remember you by. And we do mean remember. Invest in cards that will stand out, whether they’re full color, double sided, round cornered or all three.

Be bold and brave
Introduce yourself. Tell the business representative why you’re interested in his or her company. Then, starting asking some questions. Don’t forget to write down the names of the recruiters you meet. That way, you can follow up with them when the fair is over. It’ll make you look like you have perseverance.    

Have you already made the career fair rounds? Do you have any suggestions? If so, let us know.

Hey parents, Spring Break is coming. Are you ready to let go?

If you’re the parent of a college student, then you know how hard it can be to let go. You know your son or daughter is getting older and more independent, but you worry nonetheless. Well, Spring Break is another opportunity to try and let go.

Not every college student flies to some sun-drenched Spring Break vacation. Many students come home to relax, look for a summer job or internship, or shadow a professional. So, if your son or daughter is coming home, much like winter break, you’ll need to remember that he or she will need some down time. Remember to be patient when he/she catches up on sleep, TV watching, or visiting with friends.

However, if your son or daughter is preparing to travel for Spring Break, make sure you sit down and have a chat to talk about some of those important things.

 Make sure he or she:

  • Always has at least one person along and doesn’t venture out alone.
  • Keeps a duplicate copy of important travel documents – passport, driver’s license, plane tickets, etc. – in a safe place.
  • Carries only as much money as is needed and keep the rest in a safe place or a couple of safe places
  • Creates a list of emergency contacts and shares it with his or her traveling companions

Have you been through this before and have suggestions to share? Just let us know.

See what our students did on Spring Break

On Monday, we mentioned that several of our students – actually there were seven — were joining with their counterparts at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to participate in a Habitat for Humanity Alternate Spring Break trip to Pittsboro, N.C.

The students went with Tonya Ackley, our coordinator of community engagement.

Well, they’ve returned, and we thought you might like to see what they did.

The students take a moment to pose for a picture with homeowner, Casey, who’s in the center wearing the green shirt.








Dani Erdley, a biology major from Northumberland, PA, works on some framing.







Brad Reed, an environmental studies major, from major from Turtle Creek, PA, puts together a picnic table while John Bevan, a criminal justice  major, from Wexford, PA, looks on.

If you have any alternate Spring Break photos to share please pass them along.

Where are you going (or have you gone) for Spring Break?

Yes, we know some college students will head someplace warm and wonderful for Spring Break. And we wish them well (and wish they’d take us with them.)

However, we know there are other students who will volunteer their time during their break from class. On our campus, Tonya Ackley, our coordinator of community engagement, and several of our students will be joining the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to participate in a Habitat for Humanity Alternate Spring Break trip to Pittsboro, N.C.   

And actually, more students are volunteering during Spring Break, according to a report in U.S. News & World Report. In 2010, 72,000 students volunteered during alternative breaks, a number which was expected to increase to 80,000 in 2011.

Have you participated in an alternate spring break? We’d love to hear about it.

Going away on Spring Break? Here’s how you can save some money.

Got Spring Break fever? Yeah, we do, too. On Monday,we gave you some ideas on how you can enjoy spring break without breaking the bank. Today, we have suggestions on how you can save some money once you get where you’re going.

If you can scrape together the cash to go away – we hear Mexico is really nice this time of year – the StudentCity Blog has several ideas on how you can save once you get there.

Go to the grocery store
You’ll save money if you buy food at the grocery store instead of eating out all the time.


Ask the front desk of your hotel for coupons for free or reduced-price events. And remember, you don’t have to be on the run. There’s nothing wrong with lying by the pool and soaking up the sun.

Pay cash

That way, you don’t get slammed with credit card bills when you get home. Also, it’s easier to say no to those companions who forgot extra cash and want you to “cover them” this time.

Stay in the U.S.

Yes, those Caribbean beaches seem to call our name at this time of year, but you may find that going someplace in the United States like Florida is cheaper.

Ride the bus

Taxis are expensive. While buses and trolleys may not be glamorous, they are cheaper.

Ride a bike

Many places – Key West is one of them – offer bicycle and scooter rentals that will give you the chance to see the sites without paying a lot of money.

As always, if you have any suggestions just let us know.

Can you enjoy Spring Break on a budget? Sure you can.

Short on cash but you want to go somewhere for spring break? Don’t fret. You can. offers several suggestions on how you can enjoy spring break without destroying your finances.

Go somewhere close
You don’t have to travel far away to have fun. Look around. If you live in a city, check out some of the tourist attractions you may have missed. If you live in a small town, travel to one of those larger cities that are close to you.

Find student discounts
Discounts are everywhere. It won’t be hard to find them.

Take some time to get the best price
Go online and check out deals that so many sites offer and don’t forget to use and compare travel sites.      

You don’t have to sleep in a 4-star hotel
Even lower-rated hotels may charge $100 or so a night. Be creative. State parks may offer cheap or free camping. Know anyone with a RV? See if you can borrow it.

Load up on coupons
Scour the web for coupons. They’re out there. If you stock up on these, you’ll save money and still enjoy yourself.

Have you done this already? If so, send us any suggestions you might have.