skills and employability

anonymous asked:

I just started college and declared myself an English major but I don't want to become a teacher. Can you give me any ideas as to what other jobs an English major can provide?

Originally posted by drunkbroadway

From what research I’ve done, there’s actually a lot of jobs that an English major can get you! Despite the stereotype, it’s not an unemployable major. An English degree teaches strong writing skills, as well as critical and analytical thinking. English programs teach you a lot of transferable skills. Lots of employers will find that valuable. It may not be the most high-paying degree in the world (I’m sure all of us go into that knowing this), but it’s far from a worthless major. So! I present to you a list of 12 non-teaching jobs and careers an English major can get. (Please note that I’m not an expert, I encourage you to do your own research!)

1. Editor 

2. Writer 

3. Journalist

4. Screenwriter 

5. Technical writer

6. Public relations

7. Marketing

8. Publishing

9. Literary agent

10. Social media manager 

11. Book buyer/seller

12. Web content creator

Those are just a few ideas. I’ve seen more. For more English major information, check out these links!

Careers for English majors

Employment Statistics (An article from The Atlantic published in 2013)

 How much do English Majors Make?

Dear English Major (helpful website for English majors, lots of career ideas here too!)

I hope this was helpful! Good luck with college! 

anonymous asked:

I'm a college student who struggles with severe social anxiety. often it gets so bad I start stuttering on every word and people can't even understand what I say. I know the importance of networking and talking to profs but I mess up really badly every time I talk to people so I avoid it unless I absolutely have to. I'm trying to find relevant volunteer/work that relates to my major but I never had a job or even productive extracurriculars so my resume's ''empty''. Any tips on where to start?

Hello! I have a few tips for you: 

Easing into networking

Networking is important, but it’s really hard, even and especially for me. Not only is it scary to talk to people you don’t know, but it can feel disingenuous if you’re only talking to people to network. So try to make it genuine and make connections in natural ways. If you have to do a group project in class, add your groupmates on Facebook and LinkedIn. You’ll never know if they’ll have significant connections to jobs in the future. Try to get to know your professors, even if that just means emailing them once in a while so they’ll remember your name in the future if you ever need references. Not all networking needs to be in-person and in scary hyperformal situations. The more you take small steps to connect with people, the easier it will be to talk to professors and other possible connections in the future. 

Building a resume with little experience

Your resume doesn’t need to only list job and volunteering experience. You should also list information about your education history, any awards you have received, and any other information that may be relevant to employers. Here is a website that lists all the different things you can include on your resume to make it seem a little fuller. You can even put hobbies on your resume if you make it sound pertinent. For example, I list this blog on my resume. If you lack in formal experience, don’t be afraid to list a hobby or two (although it shouldn’t be something like playing video games or watching TV– it needs to be something that allows you to gain important skills employers want to see). 

Gaining experience

Start small and try to identify things that trigger anxiety for you. Surely some things are more manageable than others, and once you identify these things you’ll be able to figure out how you can start gaining experience. There are jobs and volunteer opportunities out there that require minimal socializing, so that may be a good place to start. You can also look into doing online activities, whether than be online writing, blogging, tutoring, etc. No matter how impossible it seems, interacting in social environments does get easier over time. Every time I’ve ever started a new job, the first couple weeks were dreadful. I was too afraid to talk to anyone, ask questions, or make mistakes. But after a while, you will become comfortable and it will be considerably easier.
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anonymous asked:

Just wondering ... how old/young are you? You're really successful.

University graduation age, somewhere near the tail end of the millennial era, a little past early twenties.

Ah thanks for seeing my work that way, haha. I’m grateful for the opportunities/privileges I’ve had, and for having zoned in on a commission niche and aesthetic early. I really enjoy doing freelancing and building a business; hopefully it works out one day!

But to be honest I’ve been having a quarter-life crisis. It’s nothing to do with art per se, but more on the general, non-art stuff - having gone out of the country studying a bachelors for a future/career that probably won’t exist in a decade, so there’s the fear of irrelevance and the anxiety of the changing idea of work. The Road Well Travelled comic explains the gist of my thinking. What isn’t mentioned in the comic though is this thought I occasionally have about my success in the arts not mattering, because it isn’t a ‘real’ job, and it doesn’t follow the typical steps towards success/stability that I had been trained to study/work for since I was 12. Like, what’s the point of having a blooming freelance business and displaying management/communication/marketing skills if no (traditional) employer even wants to hire me? That stuff is super meta and super terrible and anxiety-inducing to think about.

I’m just laying this out here because I don’t want to contribute to this toxic idea that you need to conform to a certain idea of success at a certain age, and if you’re grown past that, you lost your chance. This idea is still disturbing me, as you can see from my thoughts above! Everyone finds their own success at different times, because of unique factors (time + luck + opportunity + privilege). And even with what feels like apparent success in one aspect there are still doubts about success in other aspects.

am I the only person who fucking hates inspirational stories?

Like, not the people in them, obviously, I’m happy for anybody who can achieve things they want to do but like

I don’t feel encouraged or empowered, all I get is “this person achieved wonderful goal X under crushing circumstances Y, and your privileged ass can’t even keep a job or learn an employable skill with a shitload of resources at your fingertips”

Silicon Valley MBTI

INTP [The Engineer]

Likes ISTPs, INTPs depend on Introverted Thinking, a form of reasoning that operates on the basis of immediate perceptual information. They, too, are able to grasp, all at once, the structural logic of a system or process. However, INTPs relate to the outer world with Extraverted Intuition, so their need for direct experience is not as clears as the ISTPs Extraverted Sensation. INTPs are interested in the logical possibilities of a structure: the way form and context interact with and exert change on each other. Thus, they are more at home than ISTPs with theoretical reasoning. INTPs do, however, require visual and tactile contact with a system in order to reason properly. Their primary method of exploring structural possibility is almost always a form of design or model making. 
          Because their focus of attention is on possibility, INTPs are likely to be more interested in the idea that animates a system and its impact on reality than they are with the system’s objective utility. Galvanized by Intuition, INTPs will strive for theoretical systems that include all possible variables, but such theories can fall short of application in the real world. Accordingly, these types can be frustrated by the need to defend their ideas in terms of Extraverted logic which beings and ends with material application. [Lenore Thomson]

ENFP [The Advocate]

ENFPs are the most optimistic of all types–not because they’re determined to see the positive, but because they focus on hopeful possibilities. They grasp patterns very quickly but their interest is decidedly personal. They see people’s potential for loving, for learning, for making a difference, and they look for ways to nurture and encourage it. ENFPs have a warm, empathetic approach to others, and they establish immediate affective connections. They have implicit faith in their ability to identify with people.  ENFPs are so alert to circumstantial potential that they can adapt themselves to almost any job that interests them. However, ENFPs have little patience for administrative details. They prefer to think on their feet, as a situation is happening. Moreover, they have a hard time sacrificing their options to an organized routine. 
        If they have to make a decision, they want feedback from as broad a range of people as possible. Although ENFPs can seem hesitant in this regard, unwilling to act until they’ve tested public opinion, it should not be supposed that they’re yielding to popular consensus. As dominant Intuitives, these types are looking to the future. They see how a change of circumstances will make life better for people, but they’re not sure yet the means to realize their vision. ENFPs use their secondary function, Introverted Feeling, to make choices and to determine their agenda. [Lenore Thomson]

ISTP [The Craftsman]

ISTPs relate to the world by way of Introverted Thinking, a form of logic that’s tied to their direct perceptual experience. It works in the background of awareness, guiding their actions, facilitated by visual and tactile cures in an unfolding situation. Because Introverted Thinking works like this, as a means of negotiating immediate experience, ISTPs have to be active in order to use it. They need hands-on involvement so they can feel a situation’s impact and gauge the effects of their behavior on it. Unless they experience this kind of contact, they’re likely to be bored or restless. They can’t get enough perceptual feedback to sustain their attention. Even their language may reflect their hands-on preferences–in phrases such as, “I get it,” “Can you handle that?” “Stop pushing me around,” “This is really hot!” “Cool!” and so forth. 
          Their skill is to find a reasoned balance between structure and freedom. ISTPs live for that kind of balance–in everything they do. It makes every situation one of a kind. The point of lives for ISTPs is to be fully present to it, so that their direction becomes clear in the process of living it. These types are not the sorts who opt for a fast track career and the American dream. They prefer to remain independent, to get paid for their time and skills, and not for their loyalty to a particular institution. [Lenore Thomson] 

ISTJ [The Inspector]

Although ISTJs are indeed careful, and concerned to preserve what has been proven to be worthwhile, these characteristics are only a part of the type’s approach to the world–the part that most people see. ISTJs are fundamentally Introverted Sensates, with a highly subjective, original turn of mind. As Introverted Sensates, ISTJs are unparalleled realists. However, they don’t concern themselves with external reality as such. They relate to facts about external reality, and largely by way of the mental constructs determined by Extraverted Thinking: words, numbers, schemes, diagrams, hierarchies, methods, and codes of conduct. Moreover, outward predictability is important to them only insofar as events and experiences involve their primary interests and emotional investments. 
         ISTJs are usually observing the world with a kind of detached irony. Their inner expectations are frequently contradicted by their outer reality, and the incongruity would be exasperating if they took it too seriously. Made aloud, their observations are both pointed and funny, but they are also unexpected and sometimes have an “out in left field” quality. Most ISTJs don’t share their private considerations with others unless they feel at home and among friends. Experience usually teaches them that their reactions to situations are not necessarily the ones that others are having. [Lenore Thomson]

ISFJ [The Defender]

Like ISTJs, ISFJs are comfortable with facts and information about concrete reality. However, ISFJs relate to the outer world in a decidedly personal way, with Extraverted Feeling. ISFJs are highly alert to behaviors and gestures that suggest another’s emotional attitude, needs, and expectations, and they generally acquire knowledge that allows them to be of service–preferably to one person at a time [*cough* to Richard *cough*]. Like all Introverted Sensates, ISFJs are good at following procedures, and they may have a flair for research and statistics. Thus, they are sometimes attracted to more technical fact-based occupations. Even in these cases, ISFJs tend to personalize what they do, using their skills on behalf of an employer, an administrator, or a customer: someone who needs their assistance and expertise.
          ISFJs are so focused on others’ goals and expectations that they can seem literally selfless, without a full personality of their own. For this reason it may be difficult to appreciate the Extraverted Feeling nature of an ISFJ’s expectations. Like Extraverted FJs, ISFJs need to feel needed. They have a hard time saying no, even when they’ve taken on more obligations than they can readily handle. ISFJs are more subjective in their motivations than Extraverted FJs though. Their behavior is not dictated by a social role, but by their self-experience as a helper, a rescuer, or nurturer. [Lenore Thomson]

ENFJ [The Coach]

ENFJs enjoy face-to-face communication, and they’re usually good with an audience. Indeed, their charismatic interaction with a group, and their focus on systematic improvement, can put one in mind of ENFPs. It should be emphasize, however, that ENFJs don’t inspire world-changing visions so much as life-changing decisions. Like INFJs, these types are interested in the way people see things, and the possibility of seeing things from another, better perspective. ENFJs genuinely believe that, deep down, people want to contribute to the system that supports them, and they’re certain that communication, understanding, and identification will ultimately bring anyone under the judgment of collective values.
       The danger of the ENFJ can be their ability to see the positive aspects of anyone’s position which can make them feel indecisive, as though they had no firm position of their own, or inadequate, because their standards for themselves are so high. Believing that they should be able to handle anything that arises with reason and understanding, they may have a particular problem with displays of anger. [Lenore Thomson]

Gavin Belson
ENTJ [The Commander]

ENTJs are natural born leaders. They live in a world of possibilities where they see all sorts challenges to be surmounted, and they want to be the ones responsible for surmounting them. They have a drive for leadership, which is well-served by their quickness to grasp complexities, their ability to absorb a large amount of impersonal information, and their quick and decisive judgments. They are “take charge” people.
        ENTJs are very career-focused, and fit into the corporate world quite naturally. They are constantly scanning their environment for potential problems which they can turn into solutions. They generally see things from a long-range perspective, and are usually successful at identifying plans to turn problems around - especially problems of a corporate nature. ENTJs are usually successful in the business world, because they are so driven to leadership. They’re tireless in their efforts on the job, and driven to visualize where an organization is headed. For these reasons, they are natural corporate leaders. [PersonalityPage]

Big Head
ISFP [The Artist]

ISFPs tend to be quiet and reserved, and difficult to get to know well. They hold back their ideas and opinions except from those who they are closest to. They are likely to be kind, gentle and sensitive in their dealings with others. They are interested in contributing to people’s sense of well-being and happiness, and will put a great deal of effort and energy into tasks which they believe in. ISFPs have no desire to lead or control others, just as they have no desire to be led or controlled by others.
         They need space and time alone to evaluate the circumstances of their life against their value system, and are likely to respect other people’s needs for the same.The ISFP is likely to not give themselves enough credit for the things which they do extremely well. Their strong value systems can lead them to be intensely perfectionist, and cause them to judge themselves with unnecessary harshness. ISFPs are action-oriented individuals. They are “doers”, and are usually uncomfortable with theorizing concepts and ideas, unless they see a practical application. They learn best in a “hands-on” environment, and consequently may become easily bored with the traditional teaching methods, which emphasize abstract thinking. They do not like impersonal analysis, and are uncomfortable with the idea of making decisions based strictly on logic. [PersonalityPage] 

Russ Hanneman
ESTP [The Doer]

ESTPs are outgoing, straight-shooting types. Enthusiastic and excitable, ESTPs are “doers” who live in the world of action. Blunt, straight-forward risk-takers, they are willing to plunge right into things and get their hands dirty. They live in the here-and-now, and place little importance on introspection or theory. The look at the facts of a situation, quickly decide what should be done, execute the action, and move on to the next thing. 
        ESTPs have a strong flair for drama and style. They’re fast-moving, fast-talking people who have an appreciation for the finer things in life. They may be gamblers or spendthrifts. They’re usually very good at story telling and improvising. They typically makes things up as they go along, rather than following a plan. They love to have fun, and are fun people to be around. They can sometimes be hurtful to others without being aware of it, as they generally do not know and may not care about the effect their words have on others. It’s not that they don’t care about people, it’s that their decision-making process does not involve taking people’s feelings into account. They make decisions based on facts and logic. [PersonalityPage]

Ron LaFlamme
ENTP [The Originator]

The ENTP personality type is sometimes referred to the “Lawyer” type. The ENTP “lawyer” quickly and accurately understands a situation, and objectively and logically acts upon the situation. Their Thinking side makes their actions and decisions based on an objective list of rules or laws. If the ENTP was defending someone who had actually committed a crime, they are likely to take advantage of quirks in the law that will get their client off the hook. If they were to actually win the case, they would see their actions as completely fair and proper to the situation, because their actions were lawful.
          The guilt or innocence of their client would not be as relevant. If this type of reasoning goes completely unchecked by the ENTP, it could result in a character that is perceived by others as unethical or even dishonest. The ENTP, who does not naturally consider the more personal or human element in decision making, should take care to notice the subjective, personal side of situations. This is a potential problem are for ENTPs. Although their logical abilities lend strength and purpose to the ENTP, they may also isolate them from their feelings and from other people. [PersonalityPage]

Peter Gregory
INTJ [The Scientist]

With Introverted Intuition dominating their personality, INTJs focus their energy on observing the world, and generating ideas and possibilities. Their mind constantly gathers information and makes associations about it. They are tremendously insightful and usually are very quick to understand new ideas. However, their primary interest is not understanding a concept, but rather applying that concept in a useful way. Unlike the INTP, they do not follow an idea as far as they possibly can, seeking only to understand it fully. INTJs are driven to come to conclusions about ideas. Their need for closure and organization usually requires that they take some action.
        INTJ’s tremendous value and need for systems and organization, combined with their natural insightfulness, makes them excellent scientists. An INTJ scientist gives a gift to society by putting their ideas into a useful form for others to follow. It is not easy for the INTJ to express their internal images, insights, and abstractions. The internal form of the INTJ’s thoughts and concepts is highly individualized, and is not readily translatable into a form that others will understand. However, the INTJ is driven to translate their ideas into a plan or system that is usually readily explainable, rather than to do a direct translation of their thoughts. They usually don’t see the value of a direct transaction, and will also have difficulty expressing their ideas, which are non-linear. However, their extreme respect of knowledge and intelligence will motivate them to explain themselves to another person who they feel is deserving of the effort. [PersonalityPage]

Laurie Bream 
ESTJ [The Guardian]

ESTJs live in a world of facts and concrete needs. They live in the present, with their eye constantly scanning their personal environment to make sure that everything is running smoothly and systematically. They honor traditions and laws, and have a clear set of standards and beliefs. They expect the same of others, and have no patience or understanding of individuals who do not value these systems. They value competence and efficiency, and like to see quick results for their efforts.
          ESTJs are take-charge people. They have such a clear vision of the way that things should be, that they naturally step into leadership roles. They are self-confident and aggressive. They are extremely talented at devising systems and plans for action, and at being able to see what steps need to be taken to complete a specific task. They can sometimes be very demanding and critical, because they have such strongly held beliefs, and are likely to express themselves without reserve if they feel someone isn’t meeting their standards. But at least their expressions can be taken at face-value, because the ESTJ is extremely straight-forward and honest. [PersonalityPage]

Future me seeking employment
  • Interviewer: Well, it seems your skillset is all over the map here. You've been a farmhand, a receptionist, a janitor, and a food server. How can we be sure you can dedicate yourself to ANYTHING, let alone this job?
  • Me: ......
  • Me: Ask me fuckin' anything about Bionicle, I dare you. ANYTHING.
Guide to writing a CV:


  • The norm is about two pages in length, although some exceptions are made for medical and academic CVs.
  • Be aware of what the employer wants. Some employers like single page CVs that are more like a resume.
  • Put your contact details at the top of the first page.
  • Think about where you place information; information on the first page has more of an impact.
  • Give more space to the parts of the CV that sell you better.
  • Keep it simple. No fancy fonts or colours.
  • The layout is pretty free, as long as your contact details are at the beginning and your references are at the end.
  • Although layout is important, content is crucial so don’t over rely on your layout. 


  • A personal profile:
    • These can be an excellent way to grab the readers attention and focus on the career that you’re interested in.
    • Be aware that not all employers like personal profiles.
  • An education profile:
    • It should be written in reverse chronological order with your most recent qualification first.
    • Highlight any modules that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.
    • Give an indication of your results, or your expected grades with evidence of why you expect this grade. 
    • GCSEs should be listed in combination while A-levels should be listed with grades.
  • Relevant skills section:
    • The implication of using this section is that you have many skills but that you are highlighting the skills which are most relevant to the position.
    • The section looks best if you use bullet points.
    • Give evidence that you have developed the skill that you are highlighting.
    • Remember that you can include skills that you have developed during your education (if they’re relevant) including:
      • Lab skills
      • Project management (group projects, final year projects).
      • Written communication (essays, reports, presentations, etc)
      • Numeracy (statistics, data analysis, etc.)
      • Team work (group projects and presentations, tutorials)
      • IT literacy (any programs that you routinely use, including Microsoft but it can also be more subject specific like SPSS and any online search engines such as Web of Science if they’re relevant)
      • Problem solving
      • Analytical skills
      • Self management (dealing with deadlines, accepting responsibility, time managements, improving performance based on feedback, reflective learning).
    • Use the STAR system:
      • Identify the skill that you employer wants you to demonstrate.
      • Think of an occasion where you have used this skill.
        • Situation: What was the context? WHERE WERE Y
        • Task: What goal did you set yourself? What was the problem?
        • Action: What did you do?
        • Result: What was the outcome?
  • Work Experience:
    • List any work experience, including dates of employment.
    • This can be paid or voluntary
    • Work that is relevant to the job you’re applying for will look best.
  • Interests/Achievements:
    • This section emphasises your enthusiasm and dedication to long term projects.
    • Again use bullet points in this section.
    • List any awards or recommendations that you have received.
  • References:
    • Make sure that you ask before including someone as a reference.
    • Include telephone numbers and emails.
    • You can write “references available upon request” to avoid sending out a referees contact details unless requested.

anonymous asked:

I am desperately trying to find a job, just graduated college with a ba in government and international politics. I am actually looking into any field but my resume is lackluster. I put down duties when everyone tells me i should put down achievements but i really can't think of any great achievements from my job as a assistant manager in an ice cream store. Any advice?

I had a similar issue towards the end of my senior year in college. It’s hard to find skills for your rez, when you haven’t had a chance to work in professional environment or do an internship. If you want to know how I did it check out my blog: Gain work experience in your field without a job or internship.

You have to search within the skills you have accumulated & put them into professional terms. When I hear assistant manager, no matter where it might be, I think responsible and hardworking. Take the tasks that you accomplish daily at work, jazz them up, add them to your resume. Things that can be reworded professionally for your resume: handle money, oversee lower level employees, answer phones, help resolve employee problems, make schedules, create daily financial reports or deal with customer complaints. It may not be easy to find skills related to your major this way, but these are valuable skills that show future employers that, not only can you manage lower level employees & problems, but you also take your job seriously.

You can also do personal projects to add to your resume. I cover that really well in this blog: How to be Productive over Spring Break. Do things for the sole purpose of adding to your resume: volunteering, learning a new skill, continued education, ect.

Here are a few other blogs we have written that I think would be helpful to your situation: 

Cover Letters, Resumes, and Interviews… Oh, My!
6 steps to finding a job 
4 Simple steps to find jobs for your major
Student Activities = Job Skills 
Pros of Non-Traditional Jobs After College

How To: Create a Resume

For people whose schools never taught them how to properly structure a resume:

A resume must be broken down into sections. 

Top of page: 

  • Name
  • Address

  • Telephone 

  • Email address

Objective: (An objective is basically the part of the resume where you explain your goals for this job) 

  • Define your goals for the job 
  • Use only around a sentence or two for your objective

  • Be precise and down to the point when writing your objective

  • Use “big” words - show exactly how smart you are

Skills List: 

  • Make a list of your skills and knowledge that portray the requirements needed for the job. 
  • For example, if you were applying for a cashier position, a good skill to put on your resume is “excellent math skills,” this shows the employer that you are going to be able to correctly give back change. 


  • Name of high school 
  • Years attended 

  • Academic and extracurricular achievements

  • Name of college (if graduated from high school) 

  • Years attended 

  • Majoring in

  • Academic and extracurricular achievements

Experience: (If applying for your first job, list all babysitting, volunteer, and other work experiences you have)

- List most recent employment first- 

  • Name of company
  • Address of company

  • Phone number 

  • Type of company (restaurant, retail, etc.) 

  • Beginning and end date - it is only necessary to write the month and year. 

  • List your responsibilities you had while working for the company

References: (Not family members, most know for over a year) 

- You may put “available upon request” under the references section if you do not want to add your references personal information on the resume.-

  • Name of reference
  • The company they work for

  • Email address of reference

  • Phone number of reference

  • Years known 

  • It is important to have at least one reference, but your reference list should not exceed three people. 
So there you have it! If you follow these steps, you will have a great resume that will make you much more appealing to a potential employer. 

Upon his death, Billy Mays wound up in Hell. In exchange for a lighter sentence, he was given the opportunity to use his skills in the employment of the devil, scamming the damned and convincing the living to give up their souls. Hi! Billy Mays here, and have I got a deal for YOU!

anonymous asked:


Marie Cure / 52yrs: Head maid of the Josephus house.  She practically raised Canda since he was bought by the Josephus family.  Kind, sweet, and definitely not fit for fighting, she is the one who teaches new ‘employees’ the service they will provide.  She grew fond of Canda and felt proud of his cooking skills; their employers did not like that so the head of the family separated them.

Fighting Style: What do you mean she needs to fight?

Appearance: Grey hair with little ‘hat’; unknown eye color; pale skin; wrinkles; maid outfit; white stockings; black mary-janes.

Abalon “Abby” Antoinette / 20yrs: Previously a slave of the Josephus family.  The family prized her for her unique coloring even among fishmen and made sure never to physically harm her, but that didn’t keep them from mentally abusing her.  When Canda was bought, she was ecstatic; this was a boy close to her own age who wasn’t afraid of her.  They became great friends and she made sure to take care of Canda after his physical abuse.  She couldn’t stand to see her friend in pain and decided to plan out an escape.  Some years down the line, she was able to make her plans come to fruition, but a setback happened; so there was a choice, leave Canda or stay.  She hesitated but Canda only smiled and told her to leave, he practically pushed her out of there.  She vowed to save him and the only way to do that is to kill the Josephus family.  Her current whereabouts are unknown but some sources claim she joined the revolutionary army.

Fighting Style: Fishman Karate

Appearance: Magenta hair; gold eyes; light blue skin with gills; bell sleeved shirt; shorts; knee high boots.

NPCs 5/8

((Next set of NPCs, Abby is so fun to draw!  Also, these two are the main reason why Canda didn’t turn out worse.))

Lord Lampwick’s Sonic the Hedgehog Shipping Chart Tutorial

Hi there kiddies! Lord Lampwick here, and I’m gonna show you how to build an important life skill for employers and eventually owning a house: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SHIPPING CHARTS!

Step 1: Get a shipping chart like the one above. There’s lots of them on deviantART!

Step 2: Start off by indicating a ship you DON’T like with a black line. I picked Sonic and Mephiles. They’re not good for each other at all - remember, Mephiles actually KILLED Sonic!

Step 3: Repeat as needed.

Step 4: Once the Web of Hatred is complete, indicate who you want to summon with a red arrow, and dot the center with the blood of a newborn calf.

Step 5:


Step 6:


Step 7: You are now a true fan of Sonic the Hedgehog! 

I’ve been on the hunt for internship opportunities for the past year. As a student while grades are important work experience is too. I didn’t take that seriously until the middle of my freshman year.

*Before the end of May I practically had ZERO job experience.* My last job was a tutoring job that ended in 2012. The other thing I had going for me was an IT program I did at school that ended in 2013. I received almost no call backs from anyone about any interviews. I was rejected from a fellowship program I applied to and was devastated. I was also rejected from an internship at The Museum of Jewish Heritage, a place I thought I was perfect for. 

Now I have TWO internships and was just hired for another one (if you’ve been reading my ramblings you know that I really WANTED this internship).

It’s incredibly frustrating to get rejected from practically everywhere you apply to, but I really want to help anyone I can with this process. It’s not easy and it takes practice, but with patience you can score a really cool internship!

Note: I’m not an expert on writing a resume, but I will discuss how I improved mine. I am only doing a very general overview on this post!

I did not use my school to help me find internships, but that may be a great place to start. Going to my school kinda intimidates me and I wanted to go about this on my own. - This resource is only for college students. You have to upload your resume on their website, make a profile, and apply to jobs that way. This website isn’t my favorite because you can’t really sort out the job openings by major. A lot of the positions aren’t internships. There is a lot of Social Media positions, food service, ALOT of Campus Ambassador positions, etc. However, a lot of these jobs are PAID. This is a great resource to utilize, but not my favorite. It’s definitely worth a look!

** - I found all three of my internships through this website! High School, college, post-graduate students - anyone can use this website! Before you start your search you need to make an account and upload your resume. Your resume will be on the website and could be seen as a file. Make sure you edit your resume on the actual website after you upload it to your account because it will lose its format on the webpage.  

I recommend doing a search based on your major, then add the city you want your internship to be in. After that filter your results to most recent. This way you do not waste your time applying for a position that was posted a month ago and then forgotten. Some positions require you to apply from Others require you to email your resume to an email that is listed. That being said, read everything that is posted! Also! Check your spam folder because you might get email responses back from employers!

How did I go from NO experience three internships? 

  • I went for internships that required no experience. It’s all about getting something on your resume that is recent. 
  • My internships, with the exception of the one I was just hired to are virtual which means that I work from home. Do not disregard these internships because these are usually the ones that require no experience. You will correspond with your supervisor via email or phone. Research Assistant positions are usually virtual and require no experience. Go for this. It’s usually not the most interesting, but you’ll definitely have something on your resume.
  • Unpaid internships are usually easier to apply to. Go for these. I know it’s nice to get paid and you might need the money. However, this is an investment in yourself. You are getting paid in experience and in things to put on your resume. The hardest part is getting your first internship. Once you have that, put that on your resume and apply to more positions. It comes much easier once you have experience.

I had a CRAPPY resume!

I did not realize how bad my resume was until a month ago. The content wasn’t necessarily bad, but the format was. The text was TOO small and I had too much stuff.

What I suggest: Go to your parents, or your siblings, your friends, ANYONE that you know that gets a ton of job interviews/that has job and ask them to send you their resume. My brother gets a ton of interviews and is really experienced and I told him to send me his resume. Feed off of it. Format it like theirs, look at the words that they use and their skills. You’re basically getting ideas. There were some things that my brother had that I said “Oh wow! I didn’t think of putting that skill on my resume!” I also formatted mine like his and it looks much better.

Put down your awards and accomplishments! Deans list? Write it down. Salutatorian? Write it down. Studied abroad with your school? Put that on your resume! The more experience you have, the more you need to shave this down, however. 

You can also go to your school’s career center and ask for help if you’re not a scaredy cat like I am.

*Note: Do not put your address on your resume or on job applications. Scammers can get their hands on this information and pose as you. If you absolutely have to put an address use a fake/generic one and if it comes up during an interview explain that you are uncomfortable with putting your real address online. 

Cover Letters are tricky for me right now. Everyone says to write it different ways, but you’re expanding on your resume and personalizing it for every job you apply to! Take the skills/requirements that the employer posts and write specific examples of when you utilized those skills. Again, ask someone if you can see their cover letter and feed from that.  Note, not all employers require you to send in a cover letter.

Interviewing: I’m not so experienced with this, but I do have a few tips!

  • Nerves are okay. You will be nervous. Your voice will be shaky and it will be difficult to find your footing in the beginning. Answer questions the best you can. If you need time to think of an answer, say so. If you want to rephrase what you said, do it. Interviewers are human and they will understand that you’re nervous.
  • The lady that interview me for my next internship told me that she and the other interns loved me because of my enthusiasm! Be enthusiastic, on the phone and in person! Smile when you speak and sound excited! It helps to apply for positions that you are excited about!
  • Be prepared, aka research the company. Go on their twitter, tumblr, instagram, etc. and see what they are up to. Make sure to rephrase the mission statement in your own words to yourself so you know exactly what they do. If you have a phone interview write a cheat sheet for yourself that summarizes specific examples of skills you have, weaknesses, etc.The more prepared you are the more excited you’ll be.
  • You are not interviewing for a fortune 500 company! You do not need to wear a suit. Wear a dress and throw on a blazer. A button down shirt and nice pants with flats/boots depending on the weather is fine. As long as you don’t look wrinkled or sloppy you should be okay! 
  • The interviewer already knows that you are qualified for the job. The purpose is to see if you can expand on your resume in a genuine way. They also want to see if your personalities mesh well with other employees. They want to see if they like you.

That should be enough to start. Remember that this process might take a LONG time. Do not feel bad if you don’t get internships right away. It took me about a year and a lot no’s to get to this place, but once you get that first internship you’ll get the ball rolling. I was always unhappy because I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere. All of my friends and classmates had jobs and I didn’t. I was scared that because I had no experience that no one will hire me. It sucks, but you will get through this!

What was comforting to me was to realize that things happen for a reason. It’s very easy to get devastated and discouraged when you do not hear back from a company. Know that maybe it was not meant to be. Each rejection makes each call back more exciting. 

If you have questions please feel free to ask! Send me a message, I will be more than happy to reply. 

Good luck! It’s a difficult journey, but it’s so rewarding!

Tips For Working From Home

Working without a traditional employer’s workspace can mean flexibility, autonomy, but you must be well-organized, have time management skills and be a self-starter. You may also need to accept that you may get fewer promotions, or run into other out-of-office glitches.