Points to Cover in a Cover Letter

Title Tips Make your name big and make it noticeable (in a professional way). When I’m looking at 30+ applications, you want your name to make a statement on the page so that when they’re all spread out in front of me, yours continues to show me your name. Have your font/colors from your resume…

I Don’t Have The Stomach For This

“I don’t have the stomach to be a nurse and I don’t like science enough to be a doctor” I had a mentoring session this morning and when I asked my student what made her choose child life, this was her quote that I quickly scribbled down as I felt it was so relatable to…

More Like a Ship, Less Like A House

Rejections are hard. They are really rotten and they hurt no matter what. Most students apply to 15+ hospitals (I usually recommend to my students anywhere from 25-30) and with that I guarantee there will be rejections. You will not get interviews to every site you apply to that’s why it’s recommended you apply to lots!…

Toy Story 4…Application Round #4

*Watch this short, 30-second trailer prior to reading* Toy Story 4 is coming out this year – FINALLY – 9 years after Toy Story 3’s debut back in 2010. I was watching this new teaser trailer they just released and it kind of reminded me of the child life application/interview process for practicums and internships….

Resumé, Resu-May Not

As an aspiring child life specialist, it is always important that the items on your resume be resume builders not resume destroyers. Here are several land mines to try and avoid as you put together your all-star, first place, resume. When In Doubt, Leave It Out Unrelated job or volunteer experiences may make your resume…

The Practicality of a Practicum

Practicums aren’t necessarily “required” however they do offer lots of advantages to most students who complete one prior to obtaining an internship. A practicum is a designated amount of unpaid hours (typically anywhere from 100-200 hours) for one to observe Certified Child Life Specialists in typically a hospital setting on assigned unit(s) (pediatrics, surgery, emergency department, etc).

Signed, Sealed, Delivered…and Waiting

So your applications are signed, sealed and delivered to the countless hospitals you’re applying to this semester. Take a deep breath because you did it! You. Did. It! While it might have felt crazy and chaotic sending all of those applications out, it’s also crazy and chaotic on our end sorting through them all and…

I See You, Future Child Life Specialist

This time of year can be so, so stressful. You may still be in school and experiencing finals week, or maybe you’re in the throes of graduate school and trying to get all of your ducks in a row, or maybe this December is just really stressful with all of the family and friends you’ll…

The Child Life Mentor

Hi, I’m Jessica – I’m a Certified Child Life Specialist, and one of my greatest passions is helping students. I was in your shoes not too long ago myself (5 years ago), and I can remember all of the feels, almost exactly, if I close my eyes and focus on that time in my life….