How to Turn Down a Job Offer

After typing hundreds of cover letters, meticulously paring your resume, and snazzing up for interviews, the time will come when you hear back about those job/internship applications.

There comes a point where you will have to decide what you are going to do. It’s a tough decision. Do not take it lightly.

Here are a few points to remember when making your decision.

  • Do not say yes to one position and then accept a different one. If your decision is hinging on a position you haven’t heard back about,  be transparent with the hiring personnel. You might get a sweeter deal if they know you are in demand. Also, don’t renege on your commitment if you’ve signed a contract. There may be legal ramifications.
  • Do not leave someone hanging. Make sure to respond if you’ve been offered a position. My rule of thumb is if they called you, call back. If they emailed you, it’s alright to email back.
  • Be polite. It could benefit you in the future. It benefits you to keep your options open. If you struggled over your decision, mention that you would be open to future positions at the company. Or ask to keep your resume filed there. You never know what opportunities will arise.
  • Your integrity is most important. You may hurt your chances of moving up in an industry if you develop a reputation as a flake. Your integrity and reputation is worth more than a job or an internship.

If you have any questions about jobs or need help deciding on a position, please stop by Career Services.



Job Searching With Twitter

Are you having trouble searching for jobs? Try using Twitter. Here are a few methods to utilize the social networking service to help build your brand:

– One of the most popular and effective tools is to use the website One of the problems with Twitter is that if you are not following the right accounts, you might miss out on jobs that fit your experience. Twitjobsearch helps alleviate that problem  because it aggregates thousands of jobs that have been tweeted by recruiters and companies. You can search by location, industry, and experience level.

Twit Job Search

I typed in “Write in Boston” and got 83 results. Pretty cool, right? There is a map of where the jobs are located in the area.

However, you have to be really specific with what your looking for. I got a job listing for a “senior statistical analyst” when I looked for writing jobs.

The advantages to Twitjobsearch is that jobs are posted in real time, so things are updated fairly regularly.

– Twitter can also be used to build your network. The great thing about Twitter is that you can directly communicate with professionals in the industry. You might get some name recognition among leaders.

Here are some tips that came up during a live chat on Mashable with NPR’s Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Innovation, Lars Schmidt:

  • Follow the industry you are interested in, and participate in communities you care about.
  • Don’t just retweet what others are saying; create meaningful content that people care about. Be a thought leader.
  • Use Twitter as a jumping-off point to your more detailed online profiles — a personal blog or LinkedIn profile, for example.
  • Many companies have job-related Twitter handles. Following those is a great way to keep tabs on job openings, rather than searching the company’s website.
  • Build your network before you need it; engage with people who do what you want to do.
  • Don’t be overly professional. Twitter is a great way to showcase your personality and talk to people about your interests.

– The big take-away from this is that Twitter gives you the ability to build a brand. Chat with industry professionals, advertise your own content, and follow what other industry leaders are doing.

COM Networking Event Guests

Career Services is hosting a networking event at the Castle this weekend. We are having a number of big-name guests. Here is some more background information on the guests.The event will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 6-8:30pm at the BU Castle, 225 Bay State Road. We will have light refreshments available at 5:30 and the Panel Event will commence promptly at 6 pm.The panelists will talk about their career pathways and the benefits of networking, followed by a short Q&A. The Panel will adjourn at approximately 7:30 for an hour of networking and more refreshments.

Peter Shankman









“So what does Peter Shankman do?” I asked. “Do you have two hours?” replied my boss, the Career Services Director.

From his website:

PR Week Magazine has described Peter as “redefining the art of networking”, and Investor’s Business Daily has called him “crazy, but effective”. Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage.

An author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about Social Media, PR, marketing, advertising, and customer service.

Allison Davis


Davis was a Producer for the Today Show, Executive Producer for MSNBC, and a Vice President of Creative at CBS Television. She currently serves as Director of Communications at the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Stephanie Trodello 

CFAHEADS“Prior to joining the College of Fine Arts as campaign director and assistant dean for development and alumni relations, Stephanie led the development team at Boston University’s College of Communication. There, she was responsible for marketing strategies, promotions, alumni outreach and philanthropy, and launched programming and donor networks specific to the Los Angeles and New York territories. As alumni officer, and later as development officer, Stephanie oversaw the annual fund, direct mail, volunteer membership, communications and special events, and established a number of signature networking programs across the United States. She graduated from Boston University with a dual degree in journalism and economics, and later earned her MBA with a concentration in nonprofit and public management. Off-campus, Stephanie volunteers at the Greater Boston Vineyard Christian Fellowship, and has served as a board member of the Massachusetts-based Christian Athletic Association.”


Casey Sherman


Sherman is an award-winning author, television producer, and communications executive. He is most well known for his work on the book, The Finest Hours

Karl Scholz,  Vice President at Shift Communications and former President and co-founder of Formative Communication will also be in attendance.

Boston University Narrative Journalism Conference

Conferences are great places to meet new people in your field. They give you an opportunity to meet established professionals in your field and meet people in a more relaxed setting.

Plenty of them also offer student discounts. Here is one that would be of interest to COM students and it’s on campus:

The Power of Narrative: Storytelling Journalism Goes Digital
April 5-7, Boston University

“The Power of Narrative Conference has convened in several places and under several names since its founding at Boston University in 1998. But our mission remains constant as storytelling journalism goes digital: helping narrative journalists strengthen their craft, following the highest ethical practices and imparting the down-to-earth humanity that characterizes the genre.

Last year, we quickly sold out all 300 seats to writers, filmmakers, podcasters, multimedia producers and graphic journalists. This year, leading print journalists will join new media figures from here and abroad to discuss fresh developments that build upon the 40-year heritage of narrative journalism. The conference talks are stimulating, sophisticated, practical and relevant, aimed at mid-career practitioners intent on broadening their work. The vigorous Q & A sessions that follow our talks show us that we’re on-target. And, at session and meal breaks you’ll meet speakers and new colleagues and share ideas and aspirations.”

Tickets for Boston University students are only $45. Register here.



Job Searching With Pintrest

Pintrest is an online sharing tool usually reserved for decorating, craft projects, and inspiration. It also can provide some great resources for your job search. It can help with job interview resources, resume writing, and job search strategies. JobMob has put together the top 100 Pintrest boards for job searching.

Here are some of the most popular boards:

007 A+ Resumes by A+ Marketing
This board has a lot of infographics that show how to make a resume that stands out.

Source: via 007 on Pinterest

Job Search by Careeralism

This board has advice on how to deal with job search setbacks, strategies, and interview tips.

How to Stay Positive During a Frustrating Job Search |

New Graduate Job Search by Simply Hired

This group has a lot of resources about job searching for new graduates.

Life in the Graduate Job Market isn’t as Bad as You Think

Remember these boards the next time you find yourself aimlessly pinning.

Interviewing 2.0: Answering “Tell me about yourself”

Social Media & The Academy

Year after year, I get complaints from employers that students don’t do enough company research before going into an interview. However, I really feel that the problem is not that students don’t do it. Rather, they just don’t know how to communicate it back to the employer. A great way any job seeker can demonstrate their company knowledge is through their answer to “Tell me about yourself.”

Remember the purpose of the interview: it’s to get a job. Always keep in mind that even though “tell me about yourself” is broad, the underlying reason why employers ask that is because they want you to tell them something RELEVANT and related to the job about yourself.

My basic model is:

Give a brief introduction (Name, major, graduation date). Bring up skills, knowledge, experience, projects or leadership/involvement related to the job. End with a summary statement that links your examples to the…

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Advice For Your First Real Job

Your first job will not be like college. You’ll be relied on to complete tasks, take on projects, and contribute to a company. It can be quite an adjustment. Good thing Thorin Klosowski over at Lifehacker has put together an article called “Advice I Wish Somebody Had Given Me for My First Job.”


The article has some great tips on adjusting to company culture and avoiding burnout. Here are some of the most salient tips:

Accept Your Newbie Status and the Work that Comes with It

When you’re just out of college, it’s easy to get a big head about what you can do in the workplace. Unfortunately, chances are you’ll need to clean the proverbial toilet for a while before you’re given any real responsibility. This means you need to show off your work ethic even if you’re stuck doing tasks you don’t like…You might be smart and clever, but a solid work ethic is the main thing that’ll separate you from all the other viable candidates.

Ask Questions

One thing you likely learned in school that carries over to the real world: asking questions is important. Your boss and your coworkers want nothing more than for you to do your job correctly the first time, and the best way to do that is to ask questions when you’re starting out. Be sure you actively listen to the answers, and ask followup questions so you avoid miscommunication

Watch for Burnout (and Deal with It the Right Way)

It’s remarkably easy to get caught up in moving your career forward when you’re first starting out. Regardless of how young you are, this eventually leads to burnout, which means you end up doing your job poorly. It might seem like you need a gung-ho attitude at a new job to really get ahead, but your productivity and creativity can suffer when you work long hours, so it’ll do more harm than good.

Check out the rest of the article here.

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Job Searching in Boston: Bostinno Job Board

Are you looking for an internship or job in the Boston area? Do you like web development and new technology? Then take a look at Bostinno’s Career Section. They have a sections for both jobs and internships. You can search by industry type, salary level, and location. They have a variety of marketing, programming, sales, and tech positions advertised on the website.



The thing that makes the Bostinno job board unique is that it focuses primarily on Boston-area start-up companies.

Here is a sampling of some of the posted jobs:



Check out their Internships and Careers pages.

Cover Letters: Get ’em at Hello

“You had me at hello.” That line from Jerry Maguire is one of the most famous quotes in movie history. It’s a great piece of advice for writing your cover letter as well. I’ve read a lot of cover letters that begin with the boilerplate, “I am writing to you to apply for X job…” Lines like that are not helping your job application.

J.T. O’Donnell from Career HMO has some advice on how to spice up your letter in order to improve your chances at getting it read.

Journalists write ledes all the time. Use those skills in the cover letter.