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Tattoos can work at work

By MacKenzie Meadows | March 9, 2017

Tattoos are becoming more common in college-aged students and recent graduates, the next generation of the workforce, and because of that, this generation has the ability to change the way professionals view tattoos.As tattoos gain popularity, they are...

Undergraduates: Practice interviews at career fairs

By Mohammed Taha Faridi | September 28, 2014

Undergraduate students should take advantage of upcoming job and internship fairs.Tuesday marks the beginning of the Graduate and Professional School Fair. More than 100 programs have been organized and recruiters were invited to the fair, as well as...

Senior finance major, Kevin Rogina talks with a recruiter from New York Life Insurance Company about employment opportunities at the Job Fair held in the Convocation center on Wednesday.

NIU students look at prospective opportunities at job fair

By Kevin Steiger | February 20, 2013

More than 1,000 students and alumni sought their dream job at the 39th spring job fair Wednesday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. students, alumni and the public had the opportunity to meet company recruiters in person at the Convocation Center. Attendees dressed...

Jump into Jobs Part One: Application Station

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 11, 2012

Employers scan resumes and cover letters very briefly, said Joyce Keller, Career Counseling and Internships associate director. To catch an employer’s attention, these documents need to be well-organized and customized to the employer’s specific job...

Employers asking for passwords akin to sniffing undies

By Dave Gong | March 27, 2012

I don’t really remember life without a computer. By any estimate, I have been online since 1993. Seriously, I learned to type before I learned how to ride a bike. Similarly, a generation is fast coming of age that won’t be able to remember a time...

Guest Column: Make your major green

By Melissa Burlingame | September 8, 2011

More and more companies - read "potential employers" - are working to improve their green images and start green initiatives.Being prepared for these demands gives students with a background in environmental studies a competitive edge in the job market...

Extracurricular activities in college are just as important as academics

Extracurricular activities in college are just as important as academics

By Alyssa Pracz | May 4, 2011

It is important to receive good grades during your college career; however, being involved in extracurricular activities and getting work experience, like an internship, is valued more. Extracurricular activities and work experience allow you to get hands-on...

Using Facebook in the hiring process is a form of discrimination

Using Facebook in the hiring process is a form of discrimination

By Logan Short | April 18, 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Facebook's ability to increase cultural awareness and, thus, greater understanding and tolerance in our society. This is hindered if users are forced to hide their flaws or "taboo" lifestyles in fear of being judged. For...

Using Facebook irresponsibly has consequences

Using Facebook irresponsibly has consequences

March 30, 2011

Maybe you are into whips and chains or maybe you are into smoking weed. That's fine; that is your choice. But posting pictures on social networks of you smoking out of a bong is not a very responsible thing to do. A certain level of common sense is needed...

Degrees need to give students an advantage

By Alyssa Pracz | January 31, 2011

In order to be a doctor, you need to get through medical school. In order to be a lawyer, you need to pass the bar exam. I completely support having requirements such as these because I would not want someone performing surgery on me who is not familiar...

Custodians just as important as other jobs

By Letter Writer | October 11, 2010

I would like to respond to your cover story on Wednesday, specifically one of the students you interviewed. You asked two students if they thought employers check Facebook before they hire someone. One of the responses was very offensive, and I'm surprised...