My first two years of college were a real struggle. I had horrible study habits carried over from high school which didn't require much effort and yielded good grades. Needless to say, this method did not serve me well in my college courses.
Two huge lessons that I wish I learned earlier is that exploring is essential and don’t put all your eggs in one basket. I realized the lessons my sophomore year when recognized that what I set my sights on from the beginning was not what I actually wanted to do. I came to UNC convinced I knew exactly what I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. However, that was not exactly the case. Everyone around me seemed to have everything together and knew exactly what they would do, so I chose something imprudently and struck to it.
“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”
This is why Erinn Wofford- Allen’s job as recruiter/ specialist at Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina is so important. As a member of the Talent Acquisition team, she plays a large role in the hiring of new employees. I had the opportunity to talk to her about her experience in human resources and was even able to learn some resume do’s and don’t’s.
I used my study abroad experience and Women Studies’ research paper to get an internship at the Center for Reproductive Rights. While I had studied abroad in Japan, I had taken a gender studies class with an emphasis on women in Asia. I learned that while Japan had one of the best economies in the world, their reproductive health initiatives still need work, especially in granting women accessible birth control access. When I returned, my interest in reproductive rights was strengthened when I took another Women Studies class and was able to conduct a research paper on reproductive health initiatives for women in Japan. I knew that I wanted to continue this research in one of my summer internships while still being able to get law experience. That’s when one of my advisors recommended me for an internship at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City.
This summer, we had the opportunity to work with Margot Lester, a UNC alum with years of experience in professional writing. She worked for Monster.com before starting her own business, The Word Factory, here in Chapel Hill. As a writer by trade, she understands persuasive writing and wants students to think about a cover letter as just another piece of persuasive writing.
Next time you’re ready to revise your cover letter, try to incorporate some of Ms. Lester’s tips:
Last Friday, I was flown to Atlanta, put up in a four-star hotel and fed at wonderful restaurants. All expenses paid. The catch? This was a job interview.
As college students, we interact with student affairs professionals all the time. They are an essential part of our Carolina experience, helping us seamlessly weave together the threads of our academic, personal, and professional lives. But have you ever considered getting involved in the field yourself? To kick off Careers in Student Affairs month, I sat down to chat with University Career Services’ very own Christy Walker to talk about her job as a career counselor.
So you want to apply to a study abroad program or grad school. Odds are you’ll have to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a professor. Who should you ask to write you one? How should you ask him or her? And what should you do to follow up? Use the 5 C’s below to help with these questions and more:
Cover letters are often an overlooked aspect of the job search, but often your cover letter can be just as important as your resume. Here are some tips we’ve compiled from working with students and employers: