Alina Minkova

Creative Blog Curator

Alina Minkova

Hi there! I’m Alina and I’m a senior pursuing the CFA major, with minors in Spanish and CIS. I have been involved with the Honors Program, Women’s Leadership Program, and Service Learning with the BSLCE since I first got to Bentley . 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. I’m on my second year working for the Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center and I couldn’t be more excited to come up with creative and helpful career tips in these upcoming semesters!

Outside of school, 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 (or fourth) 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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Boss-Friendly Small Talk Topics

Maybe you’re in person for your job or internship and you have to make morning small talk with your supervisor. Even if you’re virtual, there’s a big chance you will need to make small talk in meetings. So, what’s appropriate to discuss?

Here are some topics that you can use:

Appropriate, day-time plans you’re excited for
Have a weekend hiking trip with family planned? Mention it to your boss if he or she asks about what you’re looking forward to …

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Knowing When to Say No to a Project

As important as it is to ask for more work when you need it, it is also crucial to know when you need to back off and have enough time to make sure the work you currently have to do ends up being excellent. Quality is really important during an internship, and you don’t want to sacrifice that, no matter what kind of projects seem interesting or are offered up to you by your supervisor. You might get yourself into …

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Making Your WFH Set Up Work For You

If you’ve been virtual this entire summer (and possibly this entire year), WFH might be getting to you. It’s okay, remember that you are not alone. To refresh and rediscover the benefits of WFH, you may need to reevaluate your space, move things around, or disconnect from the stress of work. Here are some tips on how to make your WFH set up a little more comfortable after you’ve been working for a while.

Do your best to separate your …

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Resumes: What They Are / What They’re Not

This summer is all about resumes. Almost every time you apply for a job, you will need to submit a resume. You might need to submit other documents, too, but a resume is usually a must-have for any job application that you complete, making it crucial for students to understand what resumes are.

 

RESUMES ARE:

Brief, personalized, and well-formatted overviews of your professional history
A way to show your most excellent endeavors
Documents that you should know inside and …

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Heating Up Your Internship Part. 2: Asking for More Work

In Part 1 of this blog series, the first component of heating up your internship responsibilities was seeing if you could spend your downtime doing other important things, such as gaining mentorship or looking through company-offered resources. However, even after trying that, there are situations when you simply need more work. Let’s discuss the how’s, why’s, and when’s.

 

WHEN to ask for more work:

When your previously assigned projects take far less time than anticipated
When, even after trying …

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Your Resume’s Growth

We all learn and grow, every year, without fail. So should your resume. As you experience and grow more, your resume should slowly fill up, leaving less blank space on the paper. For example, as a high-school student, there’s a big chance you’ve had fewer jobs than a college student. As a first-year, you’re going to have (probably) less to put on your resume than a senior. Here are some rules as it relates to improving your resume… over time.

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Things Other Interns Can Teach You

Your internship this summer will be action-packed and filled with introductions. Introductions to your manager, your fellow co-workers, the team you’re on, individuals from other teams you may have to interact with, and, of course, other interns! Depending on whether you are in-person or remote for your internship, the interns will either be in the same area as you or from all around the world. Regardless, as you plan to communicate with and get to know other students, keep in …

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Some Ways To Heat Up Your Internship

Summer for Bentley students = internships. There is a misconception that interns do not do that much work. For reference, here is a meme posted on Reddit by @w007dchuck in r/Accounting:

Sometimes, because interns do usually have fewer responsibilities than full-time employees, interns can find themselves having a lot of downtime or maybe not enough to do. Here are some ideas on how to spice up your internship and heat up your responsibilities:

See if you can spend some downtime getting …

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Resume Introduction & Building Skills

Most Bentley students know what a resume is, but there are different ways to think about the document, which can give you a creative advantage as you create yours!

 

So, what’s a resume?

A resume is a story that can get you hired.
It must be true and include your best, most impressive achievements.
The document is important and ever-changing.
Most importantly, it is often your first impression.
A solid & neat resume is the most powerful career tool …

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5 Falcon-Only Advantages

Whether you’re taking classes or interning (or both or neither) this summer, it’s important to always think about the best way to present your education to an employer. You want to be able to articulate not only the reasons that you chose Bentley but also how Bentley has helped you reach your academic and professional goals. This isn’t just a way to show pride in your school… Bentley has a good reputation for many reasons, so you might as well …

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