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Rebecca Safier

Rebecca graduated with her Master's in Adolescent Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has years of teaching and college counseling experience and is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and improve their well-being. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT.

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ACT vs. TOEFL: What to Know About Each Test

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 10, 2016 7:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

If you’re an international student or non-native English speaker applying to college in the United States, then this guide is for you! To get into college, you’ll likely have to take two admissions tests: the TOEFL and the ACT.

This guide is specifically geared toward students interested in taking the TOEFL and ACT (if you’re taking the SAT, then check out this guide instead!). Read on to learn what colleges require, how the TOEFL and ACT compare, and what you can do to prepare for both.

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Top 100 Common Job Interview Questions

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 3, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Job interviews are a key part of the hiring process. They can also be incredibly nerve-wracking! The best way to calm any pre-interview jitters is to prepare well-crafted responses to the major questions coming your way. 

While you can’t predict exactly what the hiring manager will ask you, you can come up with answers to the most common questions. This guide contains the top 100 questions that hiring managers ask in a job interview.

Before getting to the list, let’s consider why it’s so important to prepare for job interview questions, rather than just winging it.

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7 Real Sample Interview Questions and Answers

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 3, 2016 4:00:00 PM

If you’ve arrived at the interview stage, then you’ve already made a good impression with your resume and cover letter! How can you keep the positive vibes going and impress the hiring manager face to face?

The key to rocking your interview is preparation, and this guide’s here to help you along the way. Read on for the do’s and don’ts of answering seven of the most common interview questions, along with real sample responses to guide your thinking.

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13 Essential Job Interview Tips to Help You Get Hired

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 3, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Oh, job interviews. Love them or fear them, there’s no getting around interviews for most working people.

Luckily, interviewing’s a skill like any other, and there are lots of ways you can practice and improve your game. This guide contains the best strategies for getting ready for a job interview and making an excellent impression on the hiring manager.

Read on for 13 essential tips on what you should do before, during, and after your interview to land your target job!

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How to Apply for College in the US as an International Student

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions

According to the Institute of International Education, almost 975,000 international students studied at colleges in the United States last year. If you’re hoping to be one of those students, then this guide is for you.

To help you through the college application process, this guide will go over all the steps you need to take, from translating your transcript to taking the TOEFL. Before jumping into the process of international student admissions, let’s review how your application process is the same as a U.S. student's and how it’s different.

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Cover Letter Sample: Applying for Content Editor Job

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 19, 2016 8:00:00 PM

According to author Nick Hornby, "The secret of good writing is to cut it back, pare it down, winnow, chop, hack, prune, and trim, remove every superfluous word, compress, compress, compress." The same could be said to be the secret of writing good cover letters!

Since the writer of this next sample letter is applying for the position of Content Editor, she especially needs to show strong editing skills in her letter. Read on to see if Leila successfully compresses her cover letter into the most persuasive points.

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Cover Letter Sample for Customer Experience Job

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 19, 2016 7:00:00 PM

If you're hoping to join a customer experience team, then you've got to have good people skills! In this sample cover letter, the applicant emphasizes her warm, patient, positive qualities, as well as her love for the company's products.

Read on to see how Poppy presents herself as a strong applicant, and then continue on to the breakdown of what this letter does well. 

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Cover Letter Sample: English Teacher Job

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Teaching's a competitive field, so a stand-out cover letter's a must for serious applicants. In the sample below, the applicant is applying to teach English as a Second Language to international students.

Read on to see why the writer thinks he'd be a great match for the position. Then continue scrolling for an analysis of what this sample cover letter does well. 

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Free Cover Letter Sample for Marketing Job

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM

The writer of this cover letter works in marketing, so hopefully he's able to market for himself with a strong cover letter! As you'll see below, the applicant uses a list format to present his professional skills and draw direct connections with the job's requirements. 

Read on to see how the applicant describes his experiences, and then continue on to an analysis of what this sample cover letter does well.

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6 Excellent Cover Letter Samples for Jobs

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 19, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Just like no two snowflakes are alike, neither should any two cover letters look the same. Even if you're applying to lots of jobs, you should make sure each of your cover letters is unique and tailored to the target job.

Of course, no one’s born knowing how to write the perfect cover letter. To help you write yours, this guide has six free samples of cover letters for various jobs. Scroll down to the middle of the article for the cover letter samples, or first check out these tips for writing a cover letter for your job application!

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How to Write a Cover Letter: Full Template

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 19, 2016 1:00:00 PM

 

Are you on the hunt for a new job? If so, cover letters are an essential part of your applications. They’re often your first opportunity to communicate with a hiring manager and stand out from the crowd. 

Because cover letters play such an important role, they can often feel almost impossible to write. To help you break through writer's block, we’ve put together this comprehensive cover letter template with real examples. Scroll down for the full template, or first check out some tips to guide your thinking.

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Writing a Character Reference: Full Template

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

Thoreau once wrote, “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” In the case of a character reference, the language of friendship involves both words and meanings. If you’re tasked with writing a character reference, then your mission is to write about your friend and all her amazing qualities.

How exactly can you fulfill this mission of writing an outstanding character reference? This guide will help you through the writing process with a template for your letter. To begin, let’s go over the purpose of a character reference.

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Cover Letter Sample: Applying for Editorial Assistant Job

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Not everyone applying for a job has years of professional experience behind them. This next sample cover letter's geared toward an entry-level position in the publishing industry.

The applicant has had a relevant internship, plus a summer job at her local bookstore. In lieu of more extensive experience, she makes sure her enthusiasm for the position and company shines through. 

Read on to see how the writer shows her passion for publishing, and then check out the analysis below of what this cover letter does well.

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Assistant Restaurant Manager Cover Letter Sample

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Hospitality's a competitive industry, but luckily the applicant who wrote this cover letter has both a degree in Hospitality Management and experience as a server. In his cover letter, Charlie strives to show that he's ready to move into a managerial position.

Read on to see how Charlie presents his skills and experiences in the restaurant industry. Then check out the breakdown of what his cover letter does well.

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What Colleges Should I Apply To? Making a College List

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions

 

With almost 4,000 colleges to choose from across the country, you may be asking yourself, "What colleges should I apply to?" How do you narrow thousands of schools down to just ten?The best way to streamline your college list is to divide it roughly equally between safety schools, match schools, and reach schools.

This guide will go over exactly what these terms mean and how to choose the best schools for you. Before taking you through the process step by step, let’s review the research process as a whole.

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