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This blog presents guidance on topics such as making the most of 1stGig, writing appropriate cover letters and resumes, developing solid interview strategies, negotiating a starting salary, deciding about graduate school, and much, much more. It is interactive as well as informative: If you have questions or comments about what you read here, or if you have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, just let us know.

How do I respond to a job offer?

When an employer makes a job offer, they are laying all their cards on the table. Here’s how to respond in multiple scenarios. (Read more)

How can I tell if I did well in a job interview?

Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether you aced your interview. (Read more)

What skills do I need to be competitive in today’s workplace?

Having these skills can make you stand out against other job applicants. (Read more)

What can I learn from rejection?

Finding out you didn’t get your dream job may be disappointing but can set you up for success in the future. (Read more)

What is a logical path to a career?

While planning for a career is important, you need to be aware that your interests can (and likely will) change and unexpected opportunities can lead you in new directions. (Read more)

Let’s talk about money!

A list of the best financial tips for college students. (Read more)

What do employers look for in recent college graduates? (part 2)

Additional attributes that more than 50% of the employers identified as important in the 2016 NACE survey. (Read more)

What do employers look for in recent college graduates?

The top five top attributes that employers look for when reviewing applications from recent college graduates, as reported on the 2016 NACE survey. (Read more)

What's different about writing at work?

There are some significant differences between writing at school and writing at work, and knowing that before you start your job can help you adapt. (Read more)

What is a virtual internship?

There are significant advantages and disadvantages to having a virtual internship. (Read more)

Should I join my alumni association?

The short answer is “YES!” (Read more)

How do I organize the information on my resume?

Everyone has an opinion on how to organize a resume, but there are some conventional approaches to writing a resume that you can follow. (Read more)

How do I learn to fit in at my new job?

Whenever you enter a new work environment, you must learn the acceptable and appropriate behaviors in that setting. (Read more)

Do I have to write a cover letter?

Learn when you should write a cover letter for the job you’re applying for. (Read more)

How can I get the most out of an internship?

Here’s how to make sure you’re doing more than just getting coffee at your internship. (Read more)
Susan M. Katz
Student Career Placement Consultant

Susan M. Katz, PhD, is 1stGig’s Student Career Placement Consultant and the author of Start Your Career: 5 Steps to Finding the Right Job after College.  She is also Associate Professor of English and Internship Coordinator at North Carolina State University, where she developed internship courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Her courses help students prepare for the job search process, identify their strengths, and consider a variety of potential career paths. Her first book, The Dynamics of Writing Review: Opportunities for Growth and Change in the Workplace, describes some of the processes that newcomers must go through as they enter the workplace and adapt to organizational conventions.