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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.

What do I need to watch out for in a job interview?

Most interviewers look for these 5 things from the moment you walk into an interview. (Read more)

I hate my job—but I can’t afford to quit. What can I do?

Sometimes you find yourself stuck in a job that you really don’t like. Here are some suggestions to make it a little more bearable in the short term. (Read more)

How do I prepare for a job interview?

There are multiple ways to to prepare for a job interview; let's go over some of the together. (Read more)

Why can’t I find a job?

Your major doesn't have to determine your career. Learn how you can expand your job search beyond your degree. (Read more)

What should I look for in a job?

Let's explore eight different things to look for in a good employer, and how to learn about them in an interview. (Read more)

How can I pay for college?

With the ever-increasing problem of student debt, it’s well worth the time and effort to search for scholarships before you apply for a (or for another) student loan. According to recent research, millions of dollars of scholarship money goes unawarded in the U.S. each year. Here's some help on how to find it. (Read more)

Job Search Expenses and Income Tax

Do you know what job search or moving expenses you can deduct from your taxes? (Read more)

Marijuana use and your career

we live in a world where medical or recreational marijuana is legal in many states; you need to evaluate your relationship with marijuana (and your future intentions for that relationship) before planning, or preparing for, a career in a field where drug testing is common. (Read more)

Retirement? I’m too young to think about retirement!

According to recent research, more than half of all American workers haven’t saved anything for retirement. While you may think that this is a problem you can ignore for a few years—or a few decades—the fact of the matter is that if you don’t start saving when you’re young, you’re likely to end up with financial problems later. (Read more)

What not to say or do in a job interview!

i've been thinking about the kinds of things that you might inadvertently say or do in an interview that could be misinterpreted, and I’ve put together a list of a few of the inappropriate behaviors that you will want to avoid. (Read more)

Resolve to start an organized job search!

If you hope to graduate this spring—or if you’ve already graduated and are looking for your first job—one of your most important tasks is to get organized! In this post, I'll walk you through a number of key factors that you need to include in your planning. (Read more)

How can I adapt to a new work environment?

Starting work at a new place can be intimidating, but if you focus on key areas, you'll learn how to navigate the new environment. (Read more)

What questions should I ask in a job interview?

Make sure you have multiple questions prepared, but don't ask about salary! (Read more)

What is an elevator speech?

It might sound complicated, but just follow these simple steps to craft a usable elevator speech of your own. (Read more)

How does friendship affect success in college?

Think about the value you are getting from your friendships. Do your friends support you and help you be your best? Or are they bringing you down by distracting you from your studies? (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.