1stGig has compiled a set of resources to help students best utilize the site's features and present their best self to potential employers. Click each section for detailed advice, checklists and examples.
Information interviews can be one of the most useful tools you can use during your job search, but if the idea of an "information interview" is new to you, read through the suggestions you’ll find in this section.
It’s likely that you’ll be applying for many different jobs, but you never know when someone might contact you for a phone interview. When they do, you need to be able to have all the information about that job readily accessible. This page will provide you with suggestions for not only how to keep track of that information, but also what information you should have available.
Just as you wouldn’t go into an exam without studying or run a race without stretching, you need to do some serious preparation before you go into a job interview. On this page, we’ll provide some general suggestions about how to prepare, and then we’ll give you ideas about how to answer common, unusual, difficult, and behavioral questions; what to wear; and how to prepare for telephone or video interviews.
Do you know that there are some skills that almost all employers look for, regardless of what type of job they're seeking to fill? Learn what those skills are here, and find ways to highlight any skills you have that are at the top of employers' lists.
For most people, finding that first job can be a frustrating experience, but you can make it easier for yourself if you are organized and have a plan for how to proceed. This page provides checklists to keep you organized and on track throughout your job search.
Your resume is one of the most important documents you will ever produce. The tips on this page will help you create a resume that showcases your skills and experiences.
You don't have to be a finance or economics major to realize that some places are more expensive than others, but you may need some help figuring out just how much you will need to earn to live comfortably in different parts of the country. We can get you started on the path to understanding cost of living.
Cover letters provide you with an opportunity to sell yourself to an employer, but it is very difficult to write a good one. This page will get you started by providing you with suggestions for how to create a letter that will impress potential employers.
Conduct Information Interviews
Keep track of job applications
Learn interview strategies
Match your skills to what employers want
Organize your job search
Produce a basic resume
Understand 'cost of living'
Write good cover letters