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Career Essentials

In today’s world, it takes a whole lot more than having a well crafted resume and cover letter to succeed in the career arena. Whether you’re looking for a job or currently in one, having all the necessary tools for success is crucial to making your mark in the professional world.

Some of things we think are essential:


Having a well crafted professional wardrobe that’s tailored to your industry is a must. Putting together this wardrobe will take some time, but make it fun by making it fit with your personality.

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Professional Email

It’s time to put your “caligurl92” or “footbawler” email to bed. To be taken seriously in the professional arena, opt for a simple “firstname.lastname” username and if you must a number or two is okay. You can easily set up a free email account with Gmail or Yahoo!.

Business Cards

In a variety of networking settings, whether it be a job fair or an professional organization, you want to make sure you’re not only getting your name out there, but solidifying that they will remember you. At the conclusion of a conversation, how easy is it to suggest, “Can I give you my card?” or “Can I have your card?”. It makes further communication with this connection so much easier. We like MOO because it has a variety of creative and professional business card templates for you to choose from.



Handwritten notes are NOT a thing of the past. They are the preeminent way to thank an employer, professional connection or colleague. Make sure you have tasteful looking stationery for any occasion.



Stay organized with a quality planner. Use your phone’s calendar, or invest in a paper one to bring to important meetings and events. Whether you opt for a bright and colorful Lilly Pulitzer or Emily Ley or a stark and sophisticated leather bound one is up to you!



Company Culture: Something to Consider

company-cultureAlthough sometimes hard to think about, we spend a lot of time at the office. In fact, Americans spend over 2,000 hours a year at their jobs! For this reason, company culture is crucial to your sanity and happiness in the workplace. Know yourself and your preferences when it comes to work style. Do you like a casual environment or do you prefer more formal? Is teamwork your thing?

During the interview process you can begin decipher the work environment by paying close attention:

  • How are you treated while interviewing?
  • What phrases do the interviewers use frequently?
  • Is there a theme or unspoken tone to the questions asked?
  • How does the environment feel to you?
  • How prepared are the interviewers? Are they on time?
  • Were you given an interview schedule?
  • Were you treated like a prisoner or a guest?
  • Are your responses to questions treated with suspicion or professional curiosity?
  • How considerate is the company recruiter?

For more reading and information, check out Forbes and Monsters’ articles about company culture.





Interviewing: “Tell Me About Yourself”

Tell-Me-About-Yourself“Tell me about yourself.”

This seemingly simple question that all interviewees encounter in their job search can either trip up or make an interview experience. Navigating how much, little, or even what you should say can be difficult. However, this question is an open-ended opportunity to personalize the dialogue with a potential employer, giving the interviewee power in a situation where they generally don’t call the shots.

Think of this question as an opportunity to present a condensed infomercial of sort about you as a candidate. It should be concise, but informative and interesting to the employer. The link below provides an extensive list of what you can say in your interview to make an impact and conquer this question in your next interview.


Alumni Profile – CSI: Illinois Wesleyan

I once spent my May term in a forensic anthropology class. For three hours a day, I held real human bones – some hundreds of years old – briefly learned how to pick up clues from a crime scene, and eventually could tell you what the bones I spent hours staring at said about the person they once belonged to. By the end of my class, I wasn’t any sort of expert. The most I could do was answer the “Is that a bone or a stick?” question that I asked myself so many times in my adventures through parks as a child. To be honest, I don’t know the first thing about forensic science. But IWU alum, Kevin Latman could probably teach me more than I ever thought went into that field of study. For this FBI employee, CSI is just a day in the life.

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