Top Skills on the CV Employers are Looking for

Well, time flies, it’s November now! You should start thinking about applications for graduate jobs if you are in your final year or at least looking for an idea what you need to do in order to find a job or internship later. To be able to do it, you should have a clear idea what should be on your CV to make sure it appeals to the potential employer. Of course, the skills that you are going to list on your CV will depend on the specific role that you are applying for. But still, there is a set of transferable skills that each employer would like job applicants to possess. These are so-called soft-skills which we are going to discuss in this article. Continue reading “Top Skills on the CV Employers are Looking for”

Maintaining Your Mental Health As a College Student

Mental health, unfortunately, is something people don’t often take seriously nowadays. As college students, we have quite a lot on our mind regarding tons of school work and keeping a decent academic record that we tend to forget the most important thing of all  —  looking out for ourselves. Some are often hesitant to stop for a moment just to reflect on their lifestyle, to see if they may have recently developed certain habits that may be detrimental to their mental health. They fail to realize these habits until it’s too late and the outcomes are rather severe. You see, your mental health is way more important than academic records. Being mentally healthy enables you to function well, have meaningful social connections, positive self-esteem, and helps you to cope better with the ups and downs of college life. By maintaining your mental health, you eliminate certain toxic habits which are likely to disrupt your mental state. The key is to be aware of what these habits are in order to put an end to them. So here are a few tips to help you maintain your mental health as a college student. Continue reading “Maintaining Your Mental Health As a College Student”

BooksRun $1000 scholarship winner

Hi there, it’s Tom! I am glad to announce the winner of our scholarship contest.  It was difficult to choose out of 127 wonderful essays, but we did it.

We congratulate Carol Tally, the student of the Massasoit Community College for winning the $1000 scholarship.  You can read a part of her story below.

Dear BooksRun Scholarship Committee:

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the BooksRun scholarship.

Returning to college in my mid-fifties started out as an intimidating experience but I realized with resources such as BooksRun, the journey was going to be possible. My college-age children shared their experiences, introduced me to ISBN and navigated around www.booksrun.com with me. This was an amazing introduction and surpassed my experience of standing in a long bookstore line to learn the book just sold out or is selling at a higher than usual mark-up.  Continue reading “BooksRun $1000 scholarship winner”

How to Organize Your CV

If you’ve started looking for graduate jobs or you are struggling to land an interview with your current CV, this article might help you with some ideas on how to add value to your application in the eyes of employers. Below we will discuss the most important techniques for organizing your CV and also the things that you should avoid. Here you can find examples of CV templates for different career paths. Continue reading “How to Organize Your CV”

15 ideas to Make Halloween Unforgettable

Spooky times are in town! It is night the 31st coming and we guess that you are trying on your Halloween costumes and you have already purchased stocks of pumpkins. No? What about some games that will make your celebration even more memorable? Just imagine: it is dark, you are surrounded by your friends dressed as Nuns, Catwomen, Super Marios and you are focused on playing an interesting game together! Sounds like fun, huh? Check below the Halloween ideas we have prepared for you.
1. Old Costume Relay Race

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How to land a graduate job

It is autumn, another academic year has started and for many students out there it will be their final year at university. This means that they will have to find an internship or graduate work and transform gradually into the adult life.  If it happens to be one of you, dear reader, you know that now is the right time to start thinking about what you are going to do after graduation.

There are different phases of the job hunting process that include deciding what you want to do in your professional life, asking yourself if you have the experience to match the requirements of the job you are interested in, the actual application process and the final stage – winning performance at the interview.

Although it might be partly true that getting a job is about being at the right place at the right time, such an extra effort as getting organized about your job hunting approach will serve you well in the years to come. So let’s get started! Continue reading “How to land a graduate job”

Are Online Textbooks Making Education More Affordable?

It is undeniable that college costs have risen exponentially throughout the years, with U.S. News noting that this is due to soaring tuition prices. Based on an annual survey obtained by U.S. News, the average cost of tuition and fees for the last school year was $34,699 at private colleges, $21,632 for out-of-state students at state schools, and $9,528 for state residents at public colleges. Continue reading “Are Online Textbooks Making Education More Affordable?”

Advantages of Learning a Foreign Language

Whether you’re a science student whose primary interest lies in maths, physics, and all that complicated stuff, or a humanitarian student who, like me, is interested in the artsy stuff, learning a foreign language, especially while in college, is an important asset that is bound to come in handy in the future. It doesn’t only boost your CV or make travelling abroad much easier, but it also makes you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, as Anne Merritt says in The Telegraph. It’s not necessary to be a language major in order to learn a foreign language; language skills compliment any course or degree and it gives graduates a competitive advantage across all job sectors. But these are just a few out of numerous advantages of learning a new language. Here are some more advantages below. Continue reading “Advantages of Learning a Foreign Language”

Getting Back into College Mode After the Holiday

We all know that holidays don’t last forever. Sooner or later we were bound to take a glance at our calendar and realize that there are just less than two weeks left until the holiday ends. This usually for me is the time that I jam up all the two months of my summer holiday in one week, as a last resort to enjoy the remnants of my holiday just one last time before it comes to an end. This is also the time when the panic and anxiety of realizing I have one week to get back to the same college routine kicks in with full force. Why can’t the summer just last forever?! Well, if you’re like me who has a habit of panicking instead of actually getting your shit together, then I think these tips are exactly what you need to get you back into College mode!  Continue reading “Getting Back into College Mode After the Holiday”

College: Expectations vs Reality

So, you just completed high school and are looking forward to College, huh? I bet you’re as excited as a clam at high water. The endless freedom, no more piles of homework, fun parties, and let’s not forget an awesome roommate who will end up being your partner in crime. Yes, so many things to look forward to. I bet you’ve seen enough movies and TV Shows that give the idea that college is gonna be the best 4 years of your life, but you shouldn’t get your hopes too high. Don’t get me wrong, your time in college is definitely gonna be an unforgettable one, but it’s always best to be prepared so that you don’t face utter heartbreaking disappointment. So here are a few expectations vs reality of starting college. Continue reading “College: Expectations vs Reality”