Tuesday April 15, 2014
When looking for internships or jobs it can be very helpful if you have a network of people who know and are willing to vouch for you and speak about your knowledge, skills, and personal work ethic. It's also important to keep increasing your network by adding faculty, alumni, coworkers, previous employers, new acquaintances, and professionals to your list of personal contacts. Since networking is the # 1 job search strategy, it's an important strategy to learn how to network early in your career.
Whether you're enjoying a summer barbeque at your best friend's house or meeting up with family at summer vacation home on the ocean, be sure to share your personal and career interests and let everyone know that you are looking for an internship/job. Summer is a great time for adding to your personal connections. It's also a great time to learn more about LinkedIn and other social media options.
Tuesday April 15, 2014
In a recent interview with Jill Strominger from Educational Housing Services (EHS), she provides a brief snapshot of what it's like being a student living in EHS housing as well as her experience working with students as an employee of the company. Educational Housing Services provides housing in 7 different residences for college students and interns in the New York City area.
From Jill's experience EHS provides safe, affordable housing for those students wanting to experience one or more semesters studying or interning in the New York City area. For many students it is the experience of a lifetime while others use this opportunity to springboard their careers from college student to company intern or potential full-time employee. As the Assistant Marketing Director, Jill focuses on spreading the word about EHS in hopes of helping more people have the incredible experience of interning and living in NYC as she did.
Friday April 11, 2014
I'm still meeting students just starting their search for summer internships and jobs. Although they are feeling a little behind the 8 ball and wonder if it really is still feasible to find something for the summer, they are surprised to find that there are many opportunities being listed and there's still a good chance they'll be able to find something between now and the end of the semester.
Today I was speaking to a young man who said the last thing he wanted to do for the summer was to go back to his hometown in Michigan and just sit around or find some menial work to fill his time. With a double major in business and economics he wanted to find some real work experience that would help him take his current knowledge and skills to the next level; as well as give him a chance to add relevant experience in the real world to his resume.
Here are some suggestions for those still seeking internship or job opportunities for the summer:
1. Be sure to continually network with family, friends, faculty, previous employers, and alumni and parents from your College.
2. Search the internet to come up with companies of interest in a location you will be in for the summer and prospect for potential summer opportunities.
3. Read the local newspaper to identify companies to contact and ask if they hire college students for the summer.
4. Check out places like Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, and Idealist.org on the internet to see what new listings they have to offer.
Good luck! There's still time to land an awesome summer internship!
Monday April 7, 2014
The key to good resume writing is targeting your resume to the position and employer to win the company over and want to call you to come in for an interview.
For jobs related to the theater industry, it may not be relevant to include experience working for the government or even jobs related to psychology or social work since they have no relevance to the job. On the other hand, if you are interested in government, politics, or community service you will want to create a resume that focuses on government related internships and experiences.
You also want to focus on what skills are required to do the job. Many transferable skills such as interpersonal, communication, organizational, and leadership skills can be included when applying for any almost position while skills in graphic arts, math, or computer may only be relevant for internships or jobs in those specific areas. Government has its own list of specialized academic coursework and special skills that make you ideal for jobs and internships working at local, state, or federal level positions.