The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way many people are going to vote in the 2020 election, and it’s confusing how it will work.  You’re not alone if you feel that way.  One of the things that makes it confusing is the fact that voting laws are very local, varying from county to county and state to state.  Which leads us to this week’s homework assignment:  Take a moment to research and determine a clear plan on where and how you will be casting your vote this year.  We’ve gathered some resources to help.

Mail-in Voting:

Plan Your Vote: Check out NBC News’ regularly updated Plan Your Vote site, loaded with the key information for voters in every state about mail-in voting, early in-person voting, and more.

How to Vote By Mail: This 15-minute lesson from NPR’s Life Kit Podcast on pandemic voting, and specifically, voting by mail, is a helpful and inspiring guide.

Receipt and postmark deadlines for absentee ballots: This list from the National Conference of State Legislatures has state by state deadlines for voting outside of polling places.

In Person Voting:

If you plan to vote in person, where will you go to do that?  Go to National Associations of Secretaries of State to find your local polling place.

How will you get there?  It’s not too early to check your schedule, make a transportation plan, or ask a friend to go with you.  Research shows that taking a friend with you increases the chances you’ll both definitely vote.

What do you need to bring with you?  Some states require Photo ID, others don’t.  To double-check what your state requires, go here.

After Voting:

When you go to vote, take this number with you:  (866) OUR-VOTE.  This is a number to call if you or someone you know has difficulty at the polling station and needs to file a complaint.  It is run by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs.  From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules.  The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews.  Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience.  Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.

As you might have noticed, our job board is blowing up with amazing ways that college students can support the democratic process this fall.  Whether it’s helping people register to vote, or staffing polling stations on election day, you’ll find great opportunities to get involved on QuadJobs right now.  We thought we’d highlight just a few of the organizations who’ve posted for help during this election cycle.

Generation Vote (genvote.org): 

“Do you feel like your voice is not heard in local politics? Are you a student activist interested in changing the status quo? Or are you a candidate running for office and have no idea how to get in touch with our generation? Meet Generation Vote. We want to help you make your voice heard, whether you are a student or a local candidate running for office. Through our unique model of civic engagement, we have created a comprehensive strategy to transform the way young people engage in local electoral politics and advocacy campaigns.”

Common Cause (commoncause.org):

“Since 1970, Common Cause has been working to hold power accountable through lobbying, litigation, and grassroots organizing.  Our non-partisan, pro-democracy work has helped pass hundreds of reforms at the federal, state, and local levels.  Our more than 1 million members and more than 30 state organizations around the country work to strengthen our democracy by empowering the voices of everyday Americans in government.”

Big Tent USA (bigtentusa.org):

“Founded by a group of suburban women with diverse political views, the BigTentUSA community has come together to help restore decency and good governance to Washington.  Our members are smart but busy, so we sort through the clutter to provide substantive information, concrete action items, and opportunities to make a difference.  We are a community of women determined to wake up with no regrets on November 4th and make sure our voices are always heard.”

QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs.  From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules.  The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews.  Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience.  Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.

I am a voter  is an easy, fast, free, “nonpartisan movement that aims to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement by unifying around a central truth: our democracy works best when we all participate.” It will help you register, help you confirm your registration, and help you get an absentee ballot (if it’s possible) in your state, if that’s what you’re looking to do.

Head to I am a voter or text VOTER to 26797 to check your registration or register to vote.

This is the right time—the right day, the right moment—to get yourself registered to vote or quickly confirm that you’re already registered.  After all, you can’t vote if you’re not registered.  It takes less than a minute.

QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs.  From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules.  The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews.  Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience.  Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.

Want a super quick and easy way to help your community that you can get done while watching TV?  Yes please!  Have you filled out the 2020 Census yet?

The US Census tracks population in every state.  Why does that matter?  State population has an impact on a ton of stuff.  Your state’s population factors into how much federal money your state will get for an array of services, including hospitals, first responders, schools, SNAP benefits, and more.

The Census also plays a role in our democratic process.  Quick history lesson:  In 1787, it was decided that the US House of Representatives would use something called proportional representation.  That meant (and means) that the number of representatives a state sends to Congress in the House of Reps is determined by the state population.  Which is determined by… you guessed it… the Census.

So cue up your favorite show and check the box on an important but easy act of civic responsibility.  Especially in uncertain times, these small acts can feel really good.  Every positive act is a step in the right direction.

QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs.  From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules.  The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews.  Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience.  Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.

Parents and students are facing tremendous uncertainty about the school year ahead of us.  Will students be able to safely return to school?  Will they be able to stay in school, or will circumstances change quickly?  If they’re home, will parents be able to handle the demands of guiding them in their at home learning?

We don’t have any of those answers, unfortunately, but we are watching families across the country turn to QuadJobs to supplement and support their children’s learning.  Many of our college students are home next fall, and they’re eager to help.  Here are some trends we’re seeing:

  1. Online tutoring.  Great for helping students organize their days, work through challenging assignments, or review fundamentals.
  2. Mask-wearing tutors.  Many families find that a few hours of help go a long way in helping their young students stay engaged and actively learning.
  3. Working together outside.  In many areas, it’s wonderful to be outside now through fall.  Have a QuadJobber work with your student in the shade or on a porch.  Maybe it’s simply reading a wonderful novel aloud to the kids as you get some work done.

One of the hidden benefits, besides academic development, is the connection young kids feel to a friendly college student helping them.  There tends to be far less struggle, and the work feels more enjoyable.

As we move together through these changing and challenging times, remember that you always have access to responsible, friendly, eager to help QuadJobbers.

QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs.  From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules.  The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews.  Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience.  Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.

On June 22, The President of the United States issued an Executive Order which suspends the entry of certain visa categories to the U.S. until the end of 2020.  Au pair visas are included in this order.

Having hosted au pairs for many years ourselves, having formed lasting bonds and benefited tremendously from the childcare provided, we know how disappointed families and au pairs must be at having to delay the start of this special experience.

For families in this situation, QuadJobs offers good stopgap childcare.  Our students are here to help.  We have more college students home and eager for work than ever.  You can find an energetic and responsible college student this summer to help you keep the kids entertained, safe, and happy while you tackle other responsibilities (or just rest for a moment!).

Our hope is that our platform can help you bridge the gap until your au pair arrives.

QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs.  From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules.  The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews.  Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience.  Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.

Chances are, if you’re a college student, you’ve been bombarded with amazing offers and deals from credit card companies. Should you have a credit card in college? If so, how should you choose which one? These are important decisions that should be made with a great deal of consideration, because they can impact your credit score for a long time.

Good credit vs. Bad credit.

Having a credit card is a common tool for building good credit, which can allow you to do things like rent an apartment, get a car loan, or even buy a house down the road. Bad credit creates a high hurdle on these same things.

How does credit go south? If you regularly carry a balance on your card instead of paying it off in full each month, you’re paying interest on that balance which increases the total amount you are paying to the credit card company. It’s easy for that to turn into debt. This is probably not news to the majority of you. Getting into credit card debt is a lot easier than getting out of it.

Should you get a card? Here are some questions to ask yourself.

  1. Do I need one?  The pros: Credit cards can come in handy for emergencies and online purchases.  You will establish good credit IF you pay your bill on time each month.  The cons:  If you think it might be a challenge to pay your bill each month on time, you might want to stick to using cash, check, or a debit card for now.
  2. Can I afford it?  If you have to pay a big annual fee or are putting your hard-earned money into paying interest on your credit card balance, that’s a lot to spend for a card.  If you can avoid those traps, a credit card may make sense for you.
  3. How will I pay this bill every month?  And again, you’ll want to have a plan for paying down every penny — not just the minimum payment.  Paying only the minimum means you will be paying down this card for a long time, even if you stop using it.

How to choose the right card? Here are some things to keep in mind.

  1.  Never sign up for anything “on the spot.”  Take the information and read it over in an unrushed way before signing up.  Beware of freebies, hard sells, and any pressure tactics that try to get you to commit fast!
  2. “You can cancel any time.”  This may not be as easy as the promise sounds.  Consumer Reports says that “many consumers have reported difficulties canceling credit cards they no longer want.  Either the customer service representatives were not helpful or they couldn’t cancel the card because they carry a balance they cannot afford to pay off. Many times, those balances were driven up by fees charged on their accounts for late payments, and interest rate hikes.”
  3. Don’t say yes to a high credit limit just because a credit card company is willing to give you one.  Be aware of companies that automatically increase these limits.  A high credit limit makes it easier to spend money you don’t have.  Especially if you’re new to having a credit card, keep that limit low and manageable.
  4. Choose a card with a low Annual Percentage Rate (APR).  This is the interest rate you’ll pay to borrow money with your credit card.  Be aware that some cards give a low introductory rate but ratchet that up quickly.  The higher the APR, the more interest you’re paying on each borrowed dollar.
  5. Choose a card with a low or no annual fee.  The best deal is a card with no annual fee and a low APR.  However, if you have no choice but to carry a balance on your card (really — no choice!  We don’t recommend this!), you may opt for a card with a slightly higher annual fee but lower interest rate.
  6. Understand the card’s default interest rate.  If you make a late payment or pay less than the minimum, what happens?  Chances are the company will double, or possibly triple, your rate.  That higher APR will be applied to future purchases as well as the balance you’re carrying.  Again, this is why it’s so easy to get into credit card debt, so hard to get out of it.
  7. Read the card’s Change of Terms policy.  Talk about fine print!  Read this section of your contract closely and you may find that your credit card company has reserved the right to change the terms of your agreement at any time and for any reason.  Broken record, but another reason why it makes sense to pay off the full amount monthly.  It really cannot be oversaid!  If you don’t like the new policy, you can stop using the card.
  8. Beware of “Universal Default.”  What does this mean?  It means that even if you pay your credit card bill on time and in full, the company has the right to raise your rate if you have fallen behind on other bills with other creditors.  Be aware of this.
  9. Keep just one card.  It makes it simpler.
  10. Don’t use cash advances.  The interest rate is usually higher than on purchases made on a card.
  11. Keep track on your balance and do not exceed your credit limit, or you may get hit with additional fees.

We hope this is useful. This is a big decision, so it’s a good idea to run it by your parents or other advisors.

QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs.  From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules.  The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews.  Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience.  Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.

  1. Research the job, the company, the industry. What skills are valued?  What are they looking for in this hire?
  2. Tailor your resume accordingly. Include details that show you’d make a great hire for the specific position.
  3. Use a professional format with a simple, modern style. It will make a better impression, and you don’t know if the potential employer will open your resume on her phone or computer.  Not sure where to find a good template?  Check in with Career Services.
  4. Triple-check for typos and misspellings.
  5. Hyperlink to your portfolio or LinkedIn profile instead of including that information elsewhere. It’s an easy way to conserve space, and it makes it easier for the potential employer to scan on the go.
  6. Include keywords from the original job posting. You know, within reason—but it’s smart to address some of the key skills and experiences the employer is looking for by including in your resume.  In general, use the job posting as a key tool in shaping your resume.
  7. Feeling a little light on experience? Consider including an objective at the top of your resume.  This can help explain why you’re deciding to look for a job in a new industry or why you’re applying for the job.  It may help you make a stronger case for yourself than just your experience does on its own.
  8. Supplement with a great cover letter. More on that coming soon!

QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs.  From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules.  The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews.  Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience.  Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.

There are times in life when really all you can do is hold on tight and get through each day.  If you’re in that moment right now, we hope you will take good care of yourselves and focus on maintaining your mental and physical health.  Others may feel that they have the bandwidth to be of service right now.  If that is the case for you, we thought we would send some volunteer opportunities that can be done from home.

  1. Connect with the elderly.

What talent, entertainment or learning experience can you share with Seniors via Zoom?  Lead a CONNECTT program for senior citizens during this time of isolation.  Sessions are 45 minutes long. You participate in a Zoom meeting group from your home. Can you offer a musical program, an armchair travel discussion, a casual lecture? Any ideas are welcome.  The organizers will work with you to schedule a time that works for you.  Send ideas to [email protected].

  1. Share your voice.  

Vocalid is company that crafts custom synthetic personalities using crowdsourced voices so that individuals living with speechlessness can be heard in a voice that is uniquely theirs.  Share your voice and help drive innovation in voice technology through VocalID. If under 18, this requires a parent to sign a waiver.

Vocalid website
Ted Talk
Video Explaining Vocalid Mission

  1. Help the Smithsonian.

Transcribe an original, historical document in the Smithsonian’s collection and help make it accessible to all students around the world. Click here to register.

  1. Help the UN.

Apply for an online volunteer job for the United Nations. Click here for volunteer opportunities.

  1. Show your appreciation to deployed military and first responders.

Operation Gratitude sends care packages and letters of gratitude to military, vets and first responders.  There are several ways to be involved from home, including making paracord bracelets, which can be used to save lives in emergency situations.  Click here for more information and to register.

QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs.  From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules.  The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews.  Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience.  Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.

We know our students are dealing with massive disruptions to their academic lives, college experiences, and summer employment, as well as increased financial stress.  What you are dealing with is no small thing.  Here are a few resources to reach out to for support.

Contact your school, and in particular the Financial Aid Office, if you have questions about:

  • Finishing the term and keeping your federal and other financial aid.
  • Getting paid for federal work-study jobs if the job is not currently needed or you are unable to perform it.
  • Your parents cannot go to their jobs because of the coronavirus, and they don’t get paid if they don’t work. This affects your financial aid needs.
  • Any other financial questions you have about your college expenses, aid package, and income.

Contact Career Services at your school if you have questions about:

  • The cancellation of summer internships and other employment.
  • Opportunities for virtual jobs and other online programs being created by Career Services to help students during this time.

Contact QuadJobs if you’d like one-on-one career counseling with co-founder Andra Newman.  Andra has an extensive background in recruitment and HR.  The conversation can be tailored to your specific concerns.  If interested, please email [email protected].

QuadJobs is an online platform connecting college and graduate students to local jobs.  From Saturday night babysitting to moving a couch to helping a local business during a busy time, students find flexible jobs that fit into whatever free time they have. By streamlining the employment connection between campus and community, QuadJobs unlocks jobs particularly well-suited for students’ busy, often changing schedules.  The platform tracks every job a student takes and gathers performance reviews.  Small jobs matter—they help a student network, earn income, and build a track record of work experience.  Local employers can hire with efficiency and confidence.