Skills

Common Cover Letter Mistakes

November 13, 2017

By Terry Brown, Assistant Director of Counseling & Programs Including a cover letter with your resume when applying for a position is a must, even when it’s not specifically requested. When carefully thought out, well written, and targeted, your cover letter might just be what opens the door to that dream...

What To Do After the Interview

October 23, 2017

By Deb Jancourtz, Assistant Director of Counseling & Programs The process of applying to a job can take a long time. If you’re like me, the part of the job search process that seems to take the longest is after you have finished interviewing and have sent your thank-you note to...

Art of the Interview: Any Questions?

October 9, 2017

By Doug Edwards, Assistant Director, Counseling & Programs At the end of an interview, you’ll be asked, “Do you have any questions for us?” If you’ve read up on interviewing, you’ll know you should have some questions prepared. And if you’ve looked for advice about what to ask, you’ll get some...

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 1

January 23, 2017

Editor's Note: This is part one of a four-part series. By Doug Edwards, Career Counselor Four things will make your grad school personal statement successful. The first is to focus on motivation, rather than trying to stand out. For your personal statement, many will advise you to be unique, to find a hook...

Turning Internship Experience into Transferable Skills

November 22, 2016

By Samantha Stocksdale, Internship Coordinator Internships provide an opportunity for you to strengthen your resume and make professional connections. As you learn how to speak effectively about your experience, you will become more marketable for future searches, whether for internships or full-time positions. One of the things that will increase your marketability...

Video Interviewing 101

November 7, 2016

By Heather Reghitto, Recruiting Manager Picture this; you apply to a bunch of jobs and a recruiter calls you to set up an interview. The recruiter mentions it’s going to be a video interview. You’re excited for the opportunity, but wonder what the heck a video interview even is! Each year, the...

Do You Have the Global Skills Employers Want?

October 31, 2016

By Lucy van Beever, Associate Director of Employer Relations The word ‘global’ has gone global. At least five times a day, I hear it mentioned in the news or while reviewing job descriptions;  there’s globalization, global crises, global industries, global workforces. It’s everywhere, including at BU! BU students hail from around the...

Identifying Transferable Skills

October 21, 2016

By Donna Devlin, Staff Coordinator Transferable skills are strengths, talents, and abilities you acquire throughout your life. These skills can be developed through your involvement in sports, volunteering, clubs, class projects/assignments, hobbies, or a part-time job. Even if you don’t have a lot of work experience, you have more transferable skills than...

Getting Started with Handshake

September 12, 2016

By Corinne Montanaro, Recruiting Coordinator Handshake is Boston University’s new online hub for career resources. With it, you can apply for jobs and internships, sign up for events and workshops, schedule career appointments, and more! Check out the tips below for getting started with your new account. Logging in to Handshake Go to bu.joinhandshake.com...

Out of the Box Careers: Non-traditional Ideas

May 5, 2016

By Lucy Van Beever, Associate Director of Employer Relations My seven-year-old daughter changes her mind every day about what she wants to be when she grows up. One day she will be a baker, the next day a photographer, and sometimes she wants to be a farmer. Frustrated, she will say...