Scholarships & The 30 Second Commercial

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Scholarships: you deserve more

Everybody talks about applying for scholarships for college while you’re in high school, but once you get to college, it seems like there aren’t a whole lot left to apply for.

While a lot of scholarships are targeted toward high school students who are getting ready to go to college, there are a TON of scholarships (literally millions) out there that you can apply for once you get there yourself. The best part? A lot of them don’t actually require essays. #yassss

Most websites that help you find collegiate scholarships will have you create an account first – which is free – so that they can match you to scholarship applications that you’ll be a good candidate for. It helps cut down your search time, so you aren’t scrolling through lists on lists of scholarships you won’t qualify for.

Some websites will let you filter scholarship options by category, like how much money is offered, or by the type of qualifiers – honors awards, different majors, state of residence, test scores, athletics, you name it!

Get what you need

The 30-second commercial

Interviewer: “Tell me a bit about yourself.”
Me: “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

^^ Probably not how you want to start your interview. But you also don’t want to tell your whole life story when your interviewer only wants the highlights and your experiences most relevant to the position.

What do the experts say? Develop a 30-second commercial… for yourself. And no, I don’t mean you have to literally film something – just take some time and write down your most recent and best professional experience, abilities, and strengths.

The “commercial” should start with an introduction, which should include your name, what you’re studying, and where you’re at school. If you’ve recently graduated, then include your degree and the type of career you’re looking for. Then mention your interests and strengths. Provide an example of your interests/strengths with an anecdote from your professional experience. Wrap it up with a statement about your future professional goals.

There are many benefits of creating a 30-second commercial, including use in interviews, in your cover letter, or at a career fair or other professional gathering to network with others.

Nice to meet you!

In the News This Week:

Runoff Election: Tom Price became the US Secretary of Health & Human Services, leaving an opening in the House of Representatives. Democrats have made a huge push for candidate Jon Ossoff in their #flipthe6th campaign. The seat has been held by a Republican since 1979.

Too hot to handle: more than 40 planes have been grounded in Phoenix thanks to scorching temperatures rising to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Ouch. At least United wasn’t involved this time…

North Korea: sadly, just days after being released from North Korea, American college student Otto Warmbier has passed away. He had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly trying to steal a poster from his hotel lobby and spent one year in North Korean prison, much of it in a coma.

Ken gets a makeover: move over, blond blue-eyed Ken, there are new guys in town. Mattel gave Barbie a makeover last year with new body types, skin colors, and hairstyles. Looks like Ken is getting the same treatment.

  From the Blog  

Tips for Creating and Growing Your Personal Brand
Landing your dream job requires more than graduating from a university. It involves creating a personal brand and marketing that brand to make sure you stand out as a unique candidate to potential employers. A well-built personal brand should define who you are, what makes you unique,  and where you are headed in your career. Consider this to be your introduction to potential employers. Let’s look at a few tips to help you get started in creating and growing your own unique personal brand.

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