Gain Experience to Own Your Future

With the fall semester well underway, both new and returning students are preparing to own their future.

Every individual will have a unique career path, and no one can predict the road you will take to the future of your dreams.

Designing the ideal path is full of complex questions, there is no one “right answer”.

All you can do as a student is get to know yourself, and build upon your strengths and skills. An employable candidate has a generalizable set of skills, with demonstrated career competencies.

But how does one gain those skills? Here are three tips that can help:

Join Student Organizations

You are not on this journey alone, there are hundreds of student organizations available to you from your first day on campus.

Membership in an organization allows you to both explore your interests and network with like-minded individuals contributing to a common goal. You will have the opportunity to experience leadership, work with a team, and make connections that can last a lifetime.

The sheer number of organizations available can be a little intimidating, there are over 400 listed on Owl Connect. Narrow your search via keywords and categories.

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See how this Temple student used her student organization to launch her career!

Gain Internships

Most people will tell you, “a successful internship placement in college is the best way to find a job after graduation”. There is certainly a lot of truth in that statement. Many companies and organizations hire their interns at a high rate, and of course building experience in your field of interest is important.

Internships are much more than a ticket to employment. With an early start, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and work through several internship opportunities, there is plenty of room to learn more about yourself.

Sometimes it’s worth it to take a chance on an interesting placement, even if it doesn’t align with what you think you “should be doing”. The worst case scenario is you learn more about what you don’t want to do.

If you start early, and keep an open mind to a diversity of opportunities, the possibilities are plentiful.

Check out the Career Center Guide for Internships where you can learn: what they are, where to find them, what to look out for, and how to make the most of your experience.  

Your greatest resource is Handshake, our online portal where over 4,000 job, internship, and fellowship opportunities are posted at any given time.

At the time this was written, there were well over 1,200 internships available to apply to.

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The Career Center’s Employer Partnership Team is approving new jobs and internships every day, so check often for opportunities!

We are also launching the Temple University Internship Program (TUIP), which provides experiential opportunities to work on-campus with Temple staff and faculty.

Attend Career Center Events

The Career Center works diligently with both employers and partners around campus to aid in your professional development through events.

Workshops are held so you can learn important skills for the job search like writing a professional resume and cover letter.

Networking events provide an opportunity to meet with employers to learn more about their field and what they’re looking for in potential candidates.

Career Fairs put your skills in action, come prepared to make an impression on dozens of employers who are actively recruiting Temple students!

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There is no shortage of events on and off campus, be sure to check Handshake early and often.

There are so many experiences available to you that will mold your career path, the only “wrong” choice you can make is inaction. So start exploring, own your future, and enjoy the ride.

O*NET OnLine: Career Exploration and Job Search

by edward gallo, graduate intern at the temple university career center

The Occupational Information Network, or O*NET, is a handy resource for multiple facets of career development. The professionals at O*NET have gathered data on over 1,000 occupations, giving you access to detailed descriptions about what it’s like to work in a variety of fields.

While O*NET has many features students can utilize, it can be especially helpful for career exploration, planning, and the job search process. Learn one way to navigate this valuable resource!

Career Exploration

O*NET has an adaptive search function, simply entering key words or sample job titles will result in a list of relevant careers. Here’s how to explore further:

On the home page, the “Advanced Search” function allows users to sort potential occupations by different criteria. While all of these selections are valuable, “Interests” are more generalizable and simple to conceptualize.

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You will be brought to a page listing six different areas of vocational interest. These are the “Holland Codes”, or the “RIASEC” model. If you have not yet determined your top three vocational interests, use the link provided to access a brief questionnaire hosted by My Next Move.

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After selecting one interest, you’ll be able to plug in the other two in order to generate a list of occupations most suited to your code. You can play with different amounts and combinations of interests to get new options.

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Careers are sorted by “Job Zone”. This is a reference to the amount of preparation needed to enter that field. Here’s how it breaks down:

Job Zone 1 – occupations that need little or no preparation

Job Zone 2 – occupations that need some preparation

Job Zone 3 – occupations that need medium preparation

Job Zone 4 – occupations that need considerable preparation

Job Zone 5 – occupations that need extensive preparation

These lists are a great way to explore and brainstorm career options. Feel free to use the other search criteria like Abilities, Knowledge, or Work Values to draw comparisons. O*NET’s biggest strength is the “Summary Report” for any given occupation.

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At first glance, a summary report will provide a brief description about the nature of that job. “Sample Job Titles” can be useful when it comes to the job search process, as well as for continued exploration.

If you’ve found a promising occupation, make sure to check out the education requirements. The “Knowledge” tab gives students an idea of what competencies they should be cultivating while working towards this career.

You can use the “Find Training” function to look at what majors are usually associated with this field.

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Job Search

If you’re passed the exploration process and ready to apply, or would just like to see examples for potential openings, the “Job Openings” section provides a fantastic job search tool.

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The “Find Jobs” function will prompt you to search by state, or by specific zip code. You’ll end up with the most recent results provided by Career One Stop in your area. Usually the bulk of these listings are from the National Labor Service.

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Under the “Job?” specifier, you’ll see a code. Through O*NET OnLine, you’re able to search all related careers at once, so your results will not be limited by specific key words in a job title. Cross-referenced with other popular job boards, these results are comprehensive.

Results can be further filtered by distance, city, company, and date posted. You’ll be redirected to active job postings where you can apply directly.

Prepping Application Materials

When it comes to writing a resume and cover letter for any position, you should be tailoring those materials to each specific position. This means identifying the tasks, skills and competencies described in the posting.

O*NET Summary Reports give great examples in terms of action verbs, tasks, knowledge, and skills.

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When drafting descriptions in your experience section, you can use these examples as a model.


O*NET OnLine is just one of many resources utilized by Temple’s Career Center. Connect with us on for more articles, tips, and to learn about upcoming events! Use Handshake to make an appointment today!


Taking His Show On The Road To Harrisburg

Temple senior, Kiryl Marchuk, is a Criminal Justice major in the College of Liberal Arts. This past Spring, he participated in the Temple University’s Institute for Public Affairs,  PA Capital Semester. This program allows students to have the opportunity to explore government affairs, policymaking and implementation first-hand while being full-time students and staying on track for graduation. Read more about Kiryl’s experience working in Harrisburg…








What company and department did you work with?

I worked as a full-time fellow for the House of Representative in the Judiciary Committee (Republican side) in Spring 2017.

What is your major and date of graduation and Major?

I am majoring in Criminal Justice and graduating in Spring 2018.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I learned about this internship while I was standing in line for the elevator in Gladfelter Hall. I saw a commercial/poster of the “Pennsylvania Capital Semester” on one of the TV screens. That day when I came home, I did a quick search on Google, read about the program, and became really interested in it.

As I completed my application and scheduled my interview, Michelle Atherton did a fantastic job in assisting me, making sure I filled everything out correctly. I was accepted into the program, and Michelle then scheduled an interview with Professor Cassidy where he asked about my interests, goals, and what I wanted to get out of this internship. We then discussed the internship placements that would best fit me.

What was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

Every day is a new day. This was the most exciting part of my internship. Two weeks prior to taking part in this fellowship, I pondered the idea of what a criminal justice major might do in state government. In reality, I did not know much about state government. I was worried that I would not have experience related to my interest and my major, as I am planning to go to law school. However, within the first week of the internship, I found myself pleasantly surprised.

Fortunately, I was placed with the Judiciary Committee, and I was the first ever “fellow” to intern with the Committee (Republican side). Being a Criminal Justice major, I was mesmerized by the relevance of my coursework to the actual problems/agenda the Judiciary Committee was working on. For example, on the second week of my internship my executive director asked me to do some research on the mandatory minimum in regards to drug laws. I had recently completed a similar task in one of my courses at Temple, so I was able to come back to him within minutes with the completed assignment. He was astonished! This is one of many examples where I was able to apply my coursework from Temple University for work purposes.

I never had a “typical” day at work. Everyday entailed its own adventure. In general, I was responsible for drafting bill analyses, constituent letters, and performing extensive policy research for various House members. On other days I would attend Judiciary Committee meetings as well as House sessions. Often my executive director would take me to lobbyist and special interest group conferences and delegate me to research numerous topics relating to the legislation the Committee was trying to pass. Working with the Judiciary Committee, I had the opportunity to develop close relationships and network with many of the representatives in my county.

I had the honor to work besides the most hard-working and intelligent co-workers. Each one of them played a significant role in making this a special and rich internship experience for me.

How has your internship related to your coursework?

As I mentioned above, my coursework was closely related to kinds of tasks I worked on at my internship. The final project of my fellowship consisted of researching and drafting an original piece of legislation. I based my legislation on a paper that I wrote in one my course called “Planned Change” with Professor Joanna Metzger. At my internship, I then “translated” my research paper into a piece of legislation with the help of a few legal experts.

My legislation called the “Corrections Investment Act” consisted of a simple formula, reducing the state’s high recidivism rate and saving taxpayers’ dollars on corrections by providing small tax breaks for employers who hire ex-offenders.

The bill’s focus to reduce the recidivism rate and save taxpayers’ dollars has bipartisan support. Currently, a few legislators offered to pick up the bill. Dom Costa, a representative from Allegheny County, most likely will be the candidate to introduce the legislation on the House Floor in the near future.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

My experience in state government has taught me the importance of having good character. One of my favorite quotes was written by Charles H. Spurgeon, “A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” Helping others and doing upright deeds to people around us will not only benefit others, but it will also significantly impact our lives. These values developed a desire in me to work on a bill idea that would revolve around these principles. My bill is designed to:

  1. Reduce our state’s large recidivism rate
  2. Reintegrate ex-offenders into our society
  3. Save/invest money for our state

In addition, I have learned that developing healthy relationships with individuals around you at work is an essential component that will only help you later in life. That’s why networking is one of the keys to success.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

If you truly want to expand your knowledge and development as an individual, finding the right internship is essential. No matter what major you are or what your interests are, the abilities that you will gain at an internship will benefit you in any field of study that you are pursuing. This is something of great value.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

I believe Temple University does a wonderful job of helping students find various kinds of internships. For example, Professor Joseph Alkus is a great asset to Temple in aiding and providing students with the best feedback on how to write excellent resumes and cover letters, as well as finding internship and job opportunities that best fit the student’s interests. Overall, Temple helped me understand the wisdom, skills, and abilities that I may need to aid in reaching my future career goals.

I have also learned that it’s incredibly important to take part of the opportunities (such as workshops, career fairs, etc.) that Temple University offers to its students.

Three Tips to Stay Organized in Your Job or Internship Search


Organization can play an important role in many of life’s processes Whether it’s managing your schoolwork, your work-life balance, or your job/internship search, a certain degree of organization is vital. However, the way you choose to stay organized might be very different than how your roommate tends to stay organized, even if they claim to know where their favorite Temple t-shirt is in that pile of ‘clean clothes’. When it comes to searching for that coveted internship experience or your first full-time job after graduation the most important piece of advice I could give is to stay organized! There are many components that go into the search process. It is often said that finding a job or internship is a job in itself. From fixing up your resume, to submitting applications, and then making sure you follow up, it can be easy to lose track. When did you actually submit your resume to company X? How long has it been since you heard from them and when is it appropriate to follow up?

Try using these three suggested resources and see what works best for you:

  1. The OwlNetwork: You can favorite jobs and employers to come back to later, see applications you have submitted, upload up to 10 documents to easily attach to applications, and keep track of your event RSVPs and appointments in the Career Center.
  1. CareerShift: Search for and store job posts, find up-to-date contact information, store documents, and save any correspondence automatically.

*Both the OwlNetwork and CareerShift have built-in calendars too.

  1. Spreadsheets: Include the job title, company, contact name and information, and any notes. Most importantly, record dates such as when you’ve submitted the application, and mark a date two weeks later to send a follow-up message if you haven’t heard anything.

Remember I said finding a job or internship can be like a job in itself? Yes, it does take time and effort to really land that dream opportunity, but the search process can be made a lot easier if you stay organized. It is up to you to decide the best strategy, but I guarantee if you stick to it, that offer letter will be here before you know it!

Three Steps To Creating An Effective LinkedIn Headline

BY karen demmler, career coach – TEMPLE UNIVERSITY CAREER CENTER

93% of all employers will look at your LinkedIn Profile before deciding on whether to contact you for an interview.  Your headline is the first piece of content that is read on your profile, so it is important that it reflects not only who you are as a professional, but what value you bring as a professional too.  It’s a branding statement that if written well will entice an employer, a recruiter, or other industry professionals to continue to read and learn more about YOU!  There are three easy to steps to creating a headline that will not only help in your job search, but also help in building a strong network.

  • Choose a role
  • Choose a specialty- industry
  • Choose a skill

All three of these choices should be associated with your industry, even if you are not currently working in the one you desire.  Unlike your resume, which shows your past accomplishments, your LinkedIn profile is a digital “footprint” signifying how you see yourself professionally, both now and in the future.


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Always remember that a headline is defined as “The title of a story that is in the news.”  LinkedIn is a powerful platform that enables you to share and promote your professional story so make sure your headline is one that makes your profile look newsworthy!

Dress Like A Professional, Think Like A Professional

by laura craig, associate director of career development – temple university career center

Professional Dress

Do you have about 107 million potential combinations of professional dress in your closet?  Probably not, but that is how many options Google suggests when you type in those terms!  We know what is not considered professional dress at the University-Wide Job and Internship Fair – jeans, sneakers, hats, athletic apparel, sweatshirts, flip flops, sandals, leggings, and t-shirts. Good thing the list of what to wear is shorter – business suits, dress pants, dress shirts, ties, blazers, and conservative footwear, to start.

You might have one suit, one pair of dress pants, or one business casual outfit that you plan to wear for career fairs.  Here are some tips to consider making that one outfit look as professional as possible:

  • First, try on your outfit ahead of time! That enables you to see if you are missing any accessory items like ties or jewelry, and leads into our next tip.
  • Pay attention to the fit! At a career fair, you will be standing, walking, shaking hands with others, and likely carrying items at the same time.  Be aware of areas that are too constricting or too loose, too long or too short, or more revealing than you would prefer.
  • Next, ensure that your professional attire is clean and pressed. Check Yelp for reviews on dry cleaners near campus or your home.

Your primary goal at a career fair is to develop connections with a variety of employers, and following these tips will put you on the fast-track to success.

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Many career fairs on campus take place in the early part of the the spring semester, which is also a likely time for snow and inclement weather.  Think about whether or not you can stay warm and comfortable in your professional attire as you are traveling to and from events.  If you need to find new options for cold weather outerwear and accessories, stop by the Career Center during drop-in hours (11 AM – 3 PM) and our staff can tell you more about local resources.

When you dress yourself in professional attire you also convey a powerful message to employers – that you take yourself seriously and you respect the investment the employer is making to recruit on our campus. These subtle signals make it that much easier for you to engage with employers and find the right job or internship opportunity!

Want To Get An Internship? Here’s How!

Five Tips That Will Help You Get An Internship Interview

by samantha munsch, assistant director of internship and experiential education – temple university career center

You’ve thought about your “Big Picture”, and you finally have an idea of what your dream job is. Now it’s time to break into that industry!

Here are some helpful tips that will help you get the right internship to start your career.

  1. Research

You don’t want to get stuck in an internship with a company you don’t like.  Even if you don’t love your internship it can still be a valuable experience, but if you do your research ahead of time, you are more likely to be happier in your position.  A great place to start is by googling, “the top ten (insert industry here) companies in (insert your area)”. Once you have a list going, its time to start diggin’. It’s important to visit the company websites to check out their core values and mission. This will give you some helpful insight into the company’s general goals and will help you figure out if their goals align with yours. In addition to a broad search on Google, some helpful researching website are Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and The Muse.

  1. Looking for a way to build up your work experience? You can VOLUNTEER!

Volunteer for an organization that relates to what you want to do.  One way to look for volunteering opportunities is to find a non-profit that captures your interest and ask them if they have any volunteering opportunities. Another great way to approach an organization is to propose a volunteering opportunity to them. For example, lets say you are going to school for public relations and you are interested in farming and sustainability. A good way to gain valuable experience would be to ask a local farm if they have a social media presence and offer to help them build their social media channels. Doing projects like this will help you build the transferable skills that employers want to see on your resume.

  1. Gain experience at school!

If you are a college student, you are gaining valuable experience that you can list on your resume right now! Working on special projects in class, taking higher level classes, and senior projects are all valuable experience that can be added to your resume.

You can also get some great experience by participating in student organizations. A lot of people feel that you can only join student organizations during your freshman year. IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO JOIN A STUDENT ORGANIZATION. Not only will this help you gain valuable experience, it will also help you start to build a network with your peers. Not sure where to start?  Check out Owl Connect to see a list of all of the student organization at Temple University.

  1. Resume

It’s time to add all of your transferable skills, experience from school, and volunteer experience to your resume.  It’s important to tailor your resume to each position that you apply for. That may sound tedious but it will get easier the more you do it.

You want to make sure to stay consistent and organized with your wording and formatting.  All resumes are different and people will always give you different advice on how to complete a resume. Resume formats can also vary based on the industry. A good place to start is by checking out these resume templates listed by industry on the Career Center website. After you have compiled your resume, come into the Temple Career Center during drop-in hours (11-3, Monday-Friday) or for a 30-minute appointment to have your resume reviewed by a career coach.

  1. Be Aware

Your resume is done and you’ve applied for your dream internship. Now it’s time to BE AWARE of your social media activities.  Just as you researched the companies you applied with, they will be researching you.  You want to make sure you don’t have any inappropriate materials on your social media account.  Some inappropriate things are: drinking, doing anything illegal, and talking negatively about a past employer or teacher.

Now is also the best time to make sure you have a killer LinkedIn profile!  You can stop by the Career Center at any time to have a headshot taken for your LinkedIn profile.  Also, make sure to have your profile completed with a Summary and all of your experience listed in detail.

These steps are a good place start but you can always do more. If you are interested in stepping up your internship game, feel free to reach out to the Temple Career Center to schedule an appointment with me.

-Sammy Munsch

Assistant Director of Internships and Experiential Education

4 Things Students Should Do To Prepare For Career Week

With Career Week around the corner, Temple students have a great opportunity to put themselves on track to land their dream job or internship for the summer. In order to best position yourself for professional development success this semester, make sure you keep these FOUR things in mind before you come to the fair:

  1. Professional Clothing

Hundreds of employers come to Temple to meet students each semester and first impressions matter when meeting employers. Before you head out to meet an employer, make sure you have some professional clothes that you can wear to a career fair or a job/internship interview! According to a recent survey by, 62% of employers reported that a candidate’s dress sense impacts their employability. Make sure you are prepared to take advantage of the many career fairs and networking events this semester by prioritizing your professional attire! Click here for gender-specific tips!


2. Career Week and the Fair

Career Week begins on February 15 and concludes on February 22 with the University-Wide Job and Internship Fair! Career Week offers Temple students various opportunities to meet with employers, learn about exciting career opportunities, and to cultivate their professional development. Get a head start on your preparation for the Job and Internship Fair by researching the employers that are attending! Looking for a little more information about what Career Week entails? Check out our Fall Career Week recap!


3. Check out the OwlNetwork

There are currently 1,300+ job and internship postings listed in the OwlNetwork for students of all majors and class years. There is never a better time to apply to jobs and internships than during winter break. There is even still time to land an internship for the spring semester! Haven’t set up your OwlNetwork profile yet? No problem, our step-by-step guide has got you covered!

4. Update/edit/create your resume

You will need a resume to apply to jobs and internships in the OwlNetwork, and you will also need one to attend the University-Wide Job and Internship Fair on February 22. The thought of creating a resume may feel intimidating, but the Career Center is here to help guide you! Our Career Coaches can walk you through the process if you make an appointment or visit the Career Center during drop-in hours (11-3, Monday-Friday). In the meantime, you can check out our Resume and Cover Letter page, which includes a variety of sample resumes.

3 Ways To Encourage Career Exploration Over Winter Break

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Being open to new ideas and possibilities:

The winter break can be a great time to reconnect with students on the topic of academic and career development. First and second year students may still be exploring different majors and career options. Parents can be helpful in this process by being open to new ideas and possibilities that students are presenting to them. By creating a space for students to explore their potential interests, parents will help foster autonomy and growth. This could be a good moment to suggest to students that they visit the Career Center to talk about their career path. Appointments can be made in person, over the phone and online. The Career Center is located in 220 Mitten Hall, and is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Encourage Networking:

Students typically have more free time during winter break, and parents should encourage them to use it productively. Networking during this time off can help students in their career development in a number of ways. Using informal informational interviewing can be an empowering way to learn more about potential career options from a first person perspective. Additionally, encouraging students to develop their LinkedIn profiles can be a great next step in building their brand. Social Media has permeated our lives, and having a conversation about the utilization of social media in career development is important.


Utilizing the Resources on Campus:

Temple University offers many resources to students on campus that parents should be aware of. The Writing Center and Career Center can be particularly helpful to students who are exploring their possibilities and developing their brands. Many Temple students take a university seminar class that focuses on professional development. All students taking this class are required to complete a career assessment, Focus2. Asking your child about their Focus2 results could initiate a thoughtful conversation about their career exploration. Students are encouraged to take Focus2 and to speak to a career coach about their results. Focus2 can be found on the Temple Career Center homepage, along with other useful career related resources.

Finding a Job Through Social Media

If you haven’t stepped up your online professional presence by now, today is the day! Now more than ever, employers are turning to social media outlets to find their next candidate. Why? It’s quick, easy, and effective.


First, let me hit you with some astounding statistics about recruiting via social media:

  • 94% of companies are using social media to recruit
  • 14.4 million job seekers have used social networks to find a job
  • 73% of companies successfully hired a candidate with social media
  • 93% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, 66% use Facebook, and 54% use Twitter
  • Having a professional LinkedIn photo makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed


If you haven’t checked your LinkedIn account since that time you had to make one for marketing class, think again. Networking has become a vital tool in today’s job market, and LinkedIn makes it easy! You can literally find and apply to jobs and internships across the country on LinkedIn. Of course, you should first try digging through the 1,000+ jobs and internships on the OwlNetwork. If you don’t know what that is, click the link and explore!

If you’re going to be job searching on social media, keep your LinkedIn profile updated, professional and complete. Don’t forget a professional head-shot as well! As I pointed out, having a professional LinkedIn photo makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed, and the career center literally does that for free. Yes, save your monies for more Richie’s, and let us take a fabulous professional photo of you so your LinkedIn profile can shine!! And if you haven’t seen our very own Hooter the Owl get his head-shot done, you missed out, Here’s that gem:


Another thing to keep an eye on is your personal social media. If you do not want potential employers going through your tweets about the giant pizza you devoured at Philly Style at 2 a.m. last night, keep it private! Check all your settings across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Recruiters won’t think twice about throwing away your application if they find your profile picture of you doing a beer bong at your fraternity party. 92% of employers would reject a candidate who made negative comments on social media, so just keep your personal accounts separate or private, and be mindful of who could be seeing your posts.

If you are a forward thinker, and have made a professional Twitter, go you! It’s not a bad idea to create a Twitter just for the workplace. Follow industry leaders and influencers, share articles pertaining to your interests and re-tweet newsworthy information for your field. This can get you noticed, and lead to more connections and possibly to job or internship offers! Just don’t forget to check which account you’re tweeting from…


So give yourself some time to get your social media and LinkedIn accounts looking fab and ready for the real, professional world. Tip: do this before you apply to jobs and internships!

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By: Emily Street
Communications and Design Intern
Temple University
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