Alina Minkova

Creative Blog Curator

Alina Minkova

My name is Alina Minkova and I’m a junior pursuing the Corporate Finance and Accounting major, with minors in Spanish and CIS. At Bentley, I have participated in the Honors Program, Women’s Leadership Program, Microfinance Group, and Service Learning with the BSLCE since my very first semester freshman year. I’ve stayed committed to all of these programs and have worked my way up to Lead Program Manager at the Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center, leading the creation of the Whittemore Literacy Program, which supports the reading and writing levels of fourth-grade students in the Waltham community. I am also a member of Greek Life on campus as a Kappa Delta. This would be my first year working for the Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center and I couldn’t be more excited to come up with creative and helpful ideas in these upcoming semesters!

As far as work experience goes, I have always been committed to my professional development. This year, I spent two days of the week in Boston to work as an Accounting Intern for Campbell, DeVasto & Associates, while also taking classes. This experience has helped me immensely with time management and my career goals; I plan on continuing this internship every semester while I finish my bachelor’s degree. For the summer of 2020, I worked at The Main Street America Group as a Finance Intern! I was very attracted to MSA’s values regarding corporate responsibility (especially social responsibilities and community service).

Outside of school and work, I have passions in art and literature. You can also find me taking care of the many plants I own, writing in my journals, or making my third cup of coffee for the day. I take pride in being easy to communicate with, so feel free to contact me or connect with me on LinkedIn!

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HUGE LinkedIn Secret! …What Do Recruiters See?

What Recruiters Search LinkedIn For & Optimizing Your LinkedIn

Something that students don’t know is that recruiters searching for new talent via LinkedIn have an entirely different view of LinkedIn. In particular, recruiters can search for exactly what they want in a candidate and only bring up results of individuals that fit that criteria. Unsure of what this looks like? Check out this TikTok, which shows a firsthand look at a recruiter’s view on LinkedIn. Additionally, another awesome career TikToker posted this Youtube video on the top 3 tips …

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What to Wear for an Interview (Women)

Women’s Guide to Professional Fashion

Whether you’re preparing for your first interview ever or you’re a seasoned interview expert, there’s always a struggle of what to wear. Especially because, as a woman in business, it’s important to be taken seriously. A lot of that starts with a classy, professional outfit. Whether your interview is in-person or virtual, you want to perform your best, which is linked to looking good and feeling confident! If you need more convincing, here’s a Harvard study that has linked wearing …

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Interning At The Same Place: Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons of Interning at the Same Place Multiple Times

After an internship experience, there’s a time to reflect on the work and the time that you’ve had in a particular role and at a specific company. Sometimes, after a great experience, a lot of interns accept return offers for the next summer. Let’s discuss some of the benefits and also not-so-great things about staying with the same company for two consecutive internships.

PROS:
More Trust & Greater Responsibilities

When you intern somewhere AGAIN, there’s a huge chance that the …

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5 Recommended Career Books To Check Out

Best career Books to read

Have some free time on your hands? Maybe not right now as finals season is almost upon us, but what about after that? Focus on your professional development a little by reading a career-related book! Through researching these novels, some are better than others for specific situations. Scroll down for five great choices that can get you on the way to becoming a better candidate for jobs or a better professional in general! 

 

If you can only read one:

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Cover Letters & The 2 Ways To Do Them

2 cover letter approaches

There’s no doubt that a resume is unanimously voted to be the most important and talked-about document when candidates apply for jobs. However, there are other application materials you need to worry about. To list some of the common ones you might have to attach include:

Cover Letters
Unofficial or official transcript
References
Letters of Recommendation

Cover letters are almost just as common as simply needing to attach a resume, though, so let’s discuss them. Cover letters serve three main …

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Bentley Car Club & CAREER SUCCESS

Organization Highlight_ Bentley Car Club

Are you interested in learning more about automobiles and the automobile industry? Additionally, are you ready to get more involved in your passion for cars, talk to like-minded peers, and meet professionals who are in the industry? Consider joining Bentley Car Club, another awesome student-run organization on campus. This group of 30 car enthusiasts has the goal of teaching members about the auto industry. 

 

Is joining Bentley Car Club only valuable if you’re interested in working within the auto-industry?

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Showing Support For Women @ Bentley

Supporting Your Female Colleagues

In the last few years, and during this year especially, more individuals have become comfortable with sharing their stories. It’s important that we are listening, but also important to take action and small steps toward improvement. Specifically, in the male-dominated business world, and even on Bentley’s campus itself, there have been documented instances of sexism. Sexism is never acceptable and, similarly, the existence of the wage gap is sad. It is 2021. It is time to eradicate the idea that …

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Interview-Approved Behaviors!

Interview Etiquette

Good morning, Falcons! Interview season is fully upon us, as you know if you’ve been putting in the work and applying for those positions. Interviews seem to have changed a lot, but in reality, only the medium where they happen has been altered. In virtual interviews, there might be slight discrepancies in how you should act, but almost everything does stay the same. Here are some tips of how to behave in interviews, whether your interview is being conducted virtually …

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Infrequently Used (But GREAT) Resume Categories

Resume Categories That Few People Use

If you go to Bentley and have taken CDI101, you have a resume. Hopefully, you even have a good one. The common problem that early resume development causes is that, with the combination of utilizing a template and not having a lot of experience, many people’s resumes end up looking very similar. Most student resumes will have these basic categories:

Contact Information
Education
Work Experience
Leadership Experience

 

These are all great, important, and usually necessary to include. However, if …

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3 Reasons You Should NOT Skip Out On A Virtual RSVP

3 Reasons You Should NOT Skip Out On A Virtual RSVP

We are more than halfway through the semester, in fact, Spring 2021 ENDS in approximately one month. Events are fully happening, and whether you are taking full advantage of them or not (you should), there are no reasons to be missing an event you RSVP’ed for, even if it’s virtual.

Virtual events may not feel “real” or “important,” and because everything else has also been online this year, burning out is truly upon students. However, there are several reasons why …

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