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This blog presents guidance on topics such as making the most of 1stGig, writing appropriate cover letters and resumes, developing solid interview strategies, negotiating a starting salary, deciding about graduate school, and much, much more. It is interactive as well as informative: If you have questions or comments about what you read here, or if you have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, just let us know.

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How does friendship affect success in college?

Think about the value you are getting from your friendships. Do your friends support you and help you be your best? Or are they bringing you down by distracting you from your studies? (Read more)

How do I respond to unwanted advice?

There are few things that get ignored quite as often as unwanted advice, but I’m writing today to suggest that if you’ve been receiving unwanted advice about your career expectations or your job search — from your parents, or your friends, or your spouse — it may be time to take a break from ignoring it and see if you can find some value in what people have been trying to tell you. (Read more)
Susan M. Katz
Student Career Placement Consultant

Susan M. Katz, PhD, is 1stGig’s Student Career Placement Consultant and the author of Start Your Career: 5 Steps to Finding the Right Job after College.  She is also Associate Professor of English and Internship Coordinator at North Carolina State University, where she developed internship courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Her courses help students prepare for the job search process, identify their strengths, and consider a variety of potential career paths. Her first book, The Dynamics of Writing Review: Opportunities for Growth and Change in the Workplace, describes some of the processes that newcomers must go through as they enter the workplace and adapt to organizational conventions.

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