For me, the end of summer means a vacation to New Hampshire and the fast approach of college admissions season. What does it mean to you?
A U.S. Seventh Circuit Court Appeals judge gave Verizon a second chance after the company made a costly typo, stating, “People make mistakes. Even administrators of ERISA plans.” Will the judges of your writing and mine be as understanding?
Succeeding in these areas requires some planning ahead. If you are not a harp player already by the time you are entering your senior year of high school, it is unlikely that you will become one. If you haven’t been deeply involved in a student organization, it might be difficult to take on leadership suddenly. It’s more important than ever to find your passion early and follow it.
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An IKEA cartoon provides interviewing food for thought. While the company will probably provide a fully assembled chair, you might just be asked to perform an unexpected task in an interview.
If you are applying to grad, law, business or medical school, the rankings diverge even more widely from a straight Ivy League ticker, and it would be a huge mistake to choose a program simply for its name, without investigating the reputation of the specific program that interests you. Different schools are known for their programs in different areas. The top schools are frequently not Ivy League; in the job market for each industry, the top programs are known and respected.
An Ivy League education is not essential to career success, but it sure doesn’t hurt. Is it worth it to you to enter the competition?
Just about every client I work with lately brings up the rumor they’ve heard that no one reads cover letters anymore. This rumor is ONLY a rumor and if you take action based on it, you will shoot yourself in the foot in your job search.
Copying and pasting might sound like a good idea to get your resume noticed, but if you try it, it will backfire. Instead, focus on your accomplishments.
Letters of recommendation are the piece of your college applications you have the least control over. That’s why it’s important to start taking action on them now.
The following is some basic writing help that answers your questions about split infinitives, whether to start sentences with “And” or “But,” and whether it’s okay to use a singular “they.”