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    Best Places to Get Virtual Badging

    Rhea Mathur

    As the recruitment process relies more and more on virtual aspects, it is more important than ever to maintain an accurate and competitive online presence. Virtual badging is a newer way to receive recognition for skills learned on websites like and Virtual badging typically doesn’t take very long to obtain – for many LinkedIn Learning certifications, it could take anywhere between 45 minutes and 3 hours, making the commitment totally worth it!

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    5 ways to ace your online interview

    Rhea Mathur

    With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic came the rise of virtual interviews. Here are five tips to succeed in an online interview format: 

    Dress to impress — especially if it’s at home

    No matter what the interviewer tells you beforehand, always be prepared! In the event that your phone interview turns out to be a video interview, you’ll leave a much better impression if you come dressed to impress. Plus, rumor has it, when you dress up nicer, you speak a little better, too!

    Always have a copy of your resume handy

    Interviews range greatly. In the last year, I have been interviewed 37 times. All of them were vastly different — some interviewers spent lots of time asking me questions about my resume, some had never even looked at my resume before. Either way, it’s important that you have a copy of your resume in front of you when you start the interview. That way if the interviewer refers to it, you can provide more context, explain things, etc. It would be difficult if you didn’t know what your interviewer was referencing and the details you provided were totally wrong.

    Attitude is important

    I’ve read a lot of interviewing tips about what I should say or how I should say it. In the end, being confident about yourself matters, but so does empathy, showing emotion, and being humble. It may not look like it, but interviewers are watching everything that you do and say. Your answers might be perfectly rehearsed, but your body language may give away that you don’t really care about the subject matter. If you’re in an on-site interview, compliment your interviewer or ask them questions about things you noticed about them (the stickers on their computer, a pin that’s on their blazer, a sign you saw in the hallway, etc.). If you’re in a virtual interview, make sure to look them up on LinkedIn before the interview starts and ask them questions about their experience, things that they posted, or what steps their company is taking during this pandemic to keep their employees safe.  

    Wait! Look behind you

    Virtual backgrounds — as fun as they may be — sometimes do more harm than good. If you don’t have a solid color background behind you, sometimes your virtual background might be flakey or other times your virtual background might cover you up completely. Neither of those leave a particularly good first impression with an interviewer, so try to avoid using a virtual background. If you don’t have any clear walls in your house, sit in front of a closed curtain to make up for a solid background. Try not to take an interview outside because there’s typically a lot of background sound which your interviewer might be able to hear.

    Think about your thank you note

    One thing I was always told was “if you want the interviewer to remember you, wait 2-3 days before you send them a thank you note.” That’s a lie. When people need to get things done, they will not wait three days for your thank you note — they’re going to wait five minutes, decide whether or not they like you, and tell their boss. If you want to leave a really good impression, send them a thank you note after an hour or two (if you interviewed on a Friday, you could send it anytime over the weekend, so the interviewer will see it on Monday morning). Now more than ever you need to leave a good impression on your interviewers. If you want to go above and beyond, you should send a note via email and have a handwritten note to accompany it.

    An online interview can be just as intimidating as one that’s face-to-face, while also presenting a unique set of challenges. Knowing how to best prepare will help you in feeling ready and confident to get the position. Keep these tips in mind, but most of all be true to yourself and that will make a difference in the interviewer getting to know you.


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    Best Places College Students Can Search for Jobs

    Rhea Mathur

    Finding a job in college can be a challenge — especially with everyone throwing different advice at you. Here are 4 places to keep in mind when job hunting on campus.

    Your College’s Job Board

    Your college job board has jobs that are actually possible for college students to do and these jobs don’t have the atrocious line of “5+ years’ experience necessary.” These jobs are catered towards college students so they may line up nicely with the kinds of classes you are taking. This makes these jobs more applicable to students because they can finally apply the things they learn into real-life situations. The jobs posted on the student job board are also more likely to work with a college student’s schedule.

    Other Campus Resources

    What if your college doesn’t have a job board? Interestingly enough, dropping by your college’s Career Center is another great place to find jobs. Most Career Centers have job listings for both current students and soon-to-be graduates. Plus it’s a great place to get your resume checked or do a mock interview! Take a walk through your college’s student union or student center. More often than not, you will see flyers featuring job openings around campus. Another idea is to walk through buildings where professor offices are located. Many of them may be looking for student assistants and will post information outside their office doors.

    Student Organizations

    As a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, I can fully advocate that joining clubs is a great way to find job opportunities. Some professional clubs often have their own exclusive job boards. Besides privatized job boards, clubs also have access to more resources than individuals do when they go job searching. Furthermore, you could discover job opportunities if you go on club-sponsored company tours or if you have the chance to meet professionals through a club networking event.


    At some point you will probably hear the phrase “it’s not what you know — it’s who you know.” While you can easily find entry-level jobs on LinkedIn, it’s not probable that you will actually get that job for the sole reason that everyone can see that job. If you think finding a job on your college’s job board is difficult, imagine trying to compete against tens of thousands of applicants. It’s still possible to get a job via LinkedIn, but it’s not as likely — especially if the application says “easy LinkedIn apply”; that’s a good indication that there might really be tens of thousands of people applying for that position. Having said that, creating and maintaining a LinkedIn profile is important. Connecting with people will further your career later and may even help you discover a job that isn’t posted there, but offered directly to through someone you connect with.

    Finding a job that fits into your schedule can be hard in college, but many places work to accommodate a student’s schedule. Taking time to look around your campus may help you find some hidden gems or point you in the right direction, so keep your eyes open, chin up, and don’t give up!