If you are serious about landing a job, you need to dress the part. The way you present yourself is someone's very first impression of you, so show people you're serious about the work you are doing. According to Business Insider, a person's first impression of you is formed within 7 to 17 seconds of first meeting you, and those 7 to 17 seconds will account for 55% of that person's opinion of you.
May 14, 2018 2:24:00 PM
May 2, 2018 2:08:00 PM
It may seem that this school year has taken forever but, you'll be basking in the sun before you know it. Just because summer is coming doesn't mean you should put off thinking about the next steps to take for college. Seniors and their families should begin to crunch numbers and determine how much they will need to borrow for school, if any. Juniors, on the other hand, should continue to build a list of colleges they are interested in attending and visit the schools. Get all our college planning tips for May below.
Topics: College Planning
Apr 30, 2018 1:09:00 PM
"Always remember that interviewing is a two-way street. As much as the company is trying to learn about you, you are trying to learn about them, and whether the company is the right fit for you. This gives you more control in the process." -Kevin Jankowski, Director of the Career Center at Rhode Island School of Design.
Apr 25, 2018 11:48:06 AM
RISLA is excited to announce that it has lowered interest rates for the 2018/19 academic year and has launched a new, streamlined application with pre-qualification that won't impact applicants' credit scores.
Topics: Borrowing for College
Apr 24, 2018 1:35:00 PM
Are you suffering from college enrollment decision analysis paralysis? Analysis paralysis is referred to as the over analyzing of a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, paralyzing the outcome. Not sure if you have college enrollment analysis paralysis? Ask yourself a couple of these questions.
Topics: College Planning
Apr 19, 2018 2:34:00 PM
Crafting a good resume is an art form. Think of your resume as a snapshot of your entire professional and academic existence. Consider the work that people put into selecting a profile photo on Facebook or Instagram. They want to look physically attractive, sure - but perhaps they would also like to demonstrate interest in a particular hobby, or show off an important relationship. Maybe they include a pet or beautiful outdoor scenery. Just as that photo is intended to convey nuance and detail in a single image, so should your resume.
Apr 12, 2018 4:57:00 PM
Internships are a way for young professionals to develop the skills that they learned in the classroom and then apply them in the workplace. And what better way to spend your summer than gaining knowledge that will benefit your future? The best part about internships are that 72% of internships turn into full-time job offers. Yes, you heard me right, 72%! There is a good chance that you will be offered a position at the conclusion of your internship. This statistic from the National Association of Colleges and Employers alone makes getting an internship worth it!
Apr 9, 2018 3:04:00 PM
Mother nature thought that our April showers meant snow here in RI, but that won't get in the way of us helping you plan for college. Seniors have a lot on their plate this month. Top among their stresses: which school they are going to attend in the fall. Juniors, on the other hand, are starting to explore colleges and figuring out what they want in a school. Check out our college planing tips for April below!
This is a big time of year for high school seniors! College decisions must be made! A big deciding factor for students when deciding which school to attend is how much each school awarded to you in financial aid. Comparing those award letters is never an easy task which is why the RISLA College Planning Center is here to help. Schedule an appointment with us to get help comparing your award letters!
Apr 5, 2018 5:13:00 PM
The one thing I wish I learned in both high school and college is how to manage my finances responsibly! I was never taught how to use a credit card wisely, save money for emergencies, and prepare myself for a stable financial future. After experiencing some harsh realities, like getting charged late fees and situations where I have panicked over the cost of repairs, I have learned how to save and be a financially responsible adult.
Apr 2, 2018 12:53:00 PM
There are a handful of words that drive recruiters crazy when reading resumes and we hope you're not using them. Get a handle on words and terms you should avoid in your resume and better understand how recruiters approach candidate resumes in the infographic below.
Get rid of the fluff and focus on telling your professional story. Strong examples of how you are a great candidate will get you further than the buzzwords that recruiters hate. Make it easy for the recruiter to see why they should bring you in for an interview and don't make them hunt for required qualifications. You'll be one step closer to your dream job when you leave out some common resume cliches.
Transitioning from one stage of your life to another (college to the real world) can be overwhelming. Prepare for life after college with our Adulting Guide.