Joe Orozco's Blog

One day I will go into the office because I want to, and not because I need to. This is the story of my journey to that point, along with all the lessons I wish I could have told my younger self to get there a little faster. Comments and guest posts are always welcomed.

5 Tips for the College Freshman

It's crazy to think twelve years ago I was settling in as a freshman at Texas State. It was sometime in August when my parents dropped me off at my college dorm and I remember thinking after the door closed behind them: "Crap, this is it. I'm something of an adult now!"

Maybe you've already started attending classes, or maybe you'll come across this post after your freshman year. The advice should be as relevant today as it could have been for me twelve years ago.

If I could give tips to my college freshman self, they would be:

Lessons of a Blogger with a Day Job

How do you stick to a consistent blogging schedule on top of your other responsibilities? I've had a near 100% success rate over the past three months, and it was not as difficult as I'd feared.

Before the Black: Dealing with Impending Blindness

What's worse, to be born without any sight or to grow up seeing and realize soon you will not be able to? Blindness is a complex animal, because there are varying stages of "legal blindness." There are a number of medical conditions that can result in loss of sight, but no matter the cause, I have embraced the idea that blindness in any form does not have to spell the end of a person's usefulness. But, of course: Beliefs aren't really convictions until they are sincerely tested.

Article Roundup: The Art of Salary Negotiation

How do you get paid what you're worth? Good resumes, cover letters, and excellent interview skills will go a long way in securing the job you want, but the job is only as good as the dollar attached to it. The point is completely independent of happiness. That's for another day, but compensation has plenty of emotional significance on those days when you are less than enthused with your occupation.

9 Ways to Maximize Your Internship

When you think of an internship, do you think of underappreciated grunts that pass the day knocking out those tasks no one else wants to do? The perception is not completely inaccurate. Answering phones, fetching the mail, making the coffee, and taking dictation are just a few of the tasks we all did to get our foot in the door. It's like a right of professional passage, but an internship opportunity can be rewarding if properly utilized.

In no particular order, here are nine things you can do to make the best of your internship opportunity:

Foreign Patriots

I’ve lived in the United States nearly all my life. My memories of Nicaragua are vague, scattered images of a toddler that amount to little more than remote snapshots of another world. I have never visited my birth place, and so the other world reference is as tangible as my sense of gratitude for every opportunity I have been granted by my adoptive country. No day has inspired as strong a sense of personal achievement as the day I took the oath to become a United States citizen.

The Best Job Interview Advice

Congratulations on landing a job interview! Something in your cover letter and résumé caught the employer's eye. They're ready to meet you. Everything seems to be going in your favor, so now is not the time for your brain to get in the way of what could be your next step to securing the position.

How to Write a Cover Letter

The cover letter is the second most important piece of your job application. If the résumé could be thought of as a window into your professional qualifications, the cover letter is an invitation to sit in your proverbial living room for a more personal look into your character, so what kind of impression should you be giving prospective employers? More importantly, what should you consider avoiding?

Writing the Résumé that Gets the Interview

Even under better economic circumstances, landing a job interview can be an exercise in patience and fortitude. Job seekers find themselves submitting dozens of applications--sometimes slaving for hours over a single packet only to receive an indifferent rejection, assuming that the employer even bothers responding. Yet, where is the line between getting passed up because you are not qualified and getting passed up because you did not adequately present your qualifications? Let’s examine the résumé, arguably the most critical application component, and some ways you might consider building it up to land yourself an interview.

An Easter Message

In my spare time I enjoy writing fiction, and the recurring advice writers hear time and again is: Write what you know.