5 TED Talks to Spark Inspiration During the Job Search

By: Gracie Covarrubias, DePaul University organizational and multicultural communication major ’18 and Career Center communications assistant

TED Talks have become the latest trend in the information-sharing sphere. They are a one-stop-shop for inspiration, research ideas and theory application across all disciplines. With that in mind, we set out to find TED Talks to help students through the job search. Take a break from job applications, refresh and watch these moving talks!

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

One of the biggest issues facing young adults in the job search is finding a company whose values align with their own. Simon Sinek shines a light on the age old marketing theory, “It’s not about what or how you’re selling something, it’s about the why.” Watch this ground breaking TED Talk for advice on how to effectively decipher a company’s true motives and values.

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

Have you ever wondered what makes individuals successful in the face of adversity? The answer is “grit.” Angela Lee Duckworth explores the psychological phenomena of grit, otherwise known as the cornerstone where perseverance meets passion, and applies it to everyday life. This moving TED Talk is a must-see for those who are enthusiastic about articulating their commitment levels and determination to potential employers.

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

When it comes to marketing yourself, it is important to understand why you are who you are. Tony Robbins delivers a poignant TED Talk aimed at helping viewers understand the everyday needs that shape us the most. Robbins sets out to aid viewers in identifying the driving forces in their lives and how to utilize them in the face of hardships. This profound tearjerker reminds us why we exist, and of the immeasurable impact we can make on this world if we are willing to fearlessly pursue our deepest desires.

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

Julian Treasure, a business sound expert, poses the question, “how can we speak powerfully to make change in the world?” In his informational and engaging TED Talk, Treasure defines the seven deadly sins of speaking and discusses the theories that are essential to powerful speech. This TED Talk gives users the lay of the land when it comes to vital speech techniques that are often overlooked. Learn how to get people to listen to you and more importantly how to keep them engaged with Treasure’s tips and tricks.

Susan Colantuono: The career advice you probably didn’t get

Employers are looking at leadership experience now more than ever. However, with the ever-changing climate regarding gender hegemony in the workplace, women are placed at a disadvantage when it comes to leveraging these experiences for future employers. Susan Colantuono shines a light on what steps both men and women need to take to make the workplace a space that encourages equity and inspires leadership that everyone will be talking about.

Creating Your First Resume: A Step-by-Step Guide

By: Courtney Redd, DePaul University PR and advertising major ‘16, and Jane Bradley, health sciences major ‘17

Creating your first resume can be an intimidating task. According to researchers from TheLadder, employers spend an average of six seconds looking at your resume. So, how do you impress an employer enough in six seconds to secure an interview? Follow this step-by-step guide to make sure your first resume is compelling and marketable.


Think about past experiences that helped you gain useful skills. Focus on more than just paid work experiences; you can include volunteer work, internships, organizations, relevant coursework, class projects, and more.

Put it Together

Open a blank word document, avoid using a resume template, and begin to list all of your experiences by section. Some section headings might include education, work experience, activities, and skills. Make sure your resume is clean, consistent, and easy to read. Readability is everything when you’re working with a six-second window! To get more formatting ideas, check out the Entry Level Resume Guide.

Get Writing

Use bullet points to highlight your skills. A good bullet point starts with an action verb, is concise and specific, and addresses transferable skills relevant to the position you are applying for. View the Entry Level Resume Guide for more examples of bullet points.

Self-Critique of Best Practices

Use this check list to make sure your resume is application-ready!


Get Help

Peer Advisors are available to review your resume and provide feedback before you send your resume to employers. Walk-in appointments are available Monday-Friday in both Lincoln Park and the Loop. You can also email your resume to peercareeradvisor@depaul.edu to receive feedback electronically.

While building your first resume can be a tricky and intimidating task, the Career Center is here to help! If you follow these five steps, you will be on your way to impress any employer in six seconds, and secure the interview you were hoping for!