Marcia Heroux Pounds, staff writer for the SunSentinel for over 25 years and author of "I Found a Job", has been writing about business and career issues for over two decades and offers some sage advice, gathered from successful job seekers, for those currently seeking a job in today’s competitive job market. During the recession Florida’s unemployment rate was among some of the highest in the nation and this relatively new shift in seeing those numbers decline is very good news for those currently living or possibly moving to the area.
The recent shift in hiring in both Southern Florida and the nation can be seen as a ray of light at the end of a long dark tunnel. For job and internship seekers it means getting your resume out there to employers is crucial in order to be able to get a foot in the door prior to other individuals who are applying for similar positions. A proactive approach is imperative in getting the right job or internship. This means researching and applying for all jobs and internships you find in your field that are of interest to you. It also means following up your application efforts with a phone call or email to personally express your interest. Thank you notes are also a good way to highlight your interest, knowledge, and skills and should be sent to everyone who has taken the time to do phone or in-person interviews with you or who have offered any suggestions or advice in your current internship/job search.
What employers are saying:
Dan Madden, general manager of distribution company Eastern Metal Supply in Lake Worth, said there are more opportunities for new graduates at South Florida companies. "Employers are starting to plug holes unfilled for the last five years," said Madden, who has been working with local universities to recruit science and technology students. "I see that starting to heat up."
3Cinteractive, a Boca Raton technology firm, was looking to fill slots for their summer internship program along with other national and regional accounting firms attending the event. According to Megan Piedt, human resources staffer at 3Cinteractive, last year the company hired on 3 of its summer interns and this year the company plans on recruiting up to eight interns for their program.
A Sampling of Florida Internships:
The Conservancy provides budding environmentalists with a chance to gain valuable skills and training in environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation.
Internship opportunities exist in von Arx Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital Environmental Education: Nature Center, Dalton Discovery Center and Youth Programs Environmental Education: Summer Day Camp Environmental Policy and Advocacy Environmental Science and Research Projects and Environmental Science - Sea Turtle Research.
Conservancy Conservation Interns receive a weekly stipend of $150, accident insurance, and housing, including laundry facilities.
Please check individual listings on the Conservancy’s website for qualifications.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
1450 Merrihue Drive Naples, FL 34102
Phone: (239) 403-4213
2013 CBSSports.com Media Apps Intern (CBS Interactive):
CBS Interacitve is a division of CBS Corporation that is one of the top online content networks for information and technology with a portfolio of leading brands, including: CNET, CBS.com, CBSNews.com, CBSSports.com, GameSpot, TV.com and Last.fm, and which spans popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and gaming.
As an integral member of the Media Applications group for CBSSports.com, As a summer intern and important member of the Media Applications group you will participate in group projects and develop the knowledge and skills required to be successful as well as gaining exposure to large scale web media infrastructure.
- Be proficient in design technologies, UML, Case, wireframes, usability research
- Possess strong written and verbal communications skills
- Proficient in Email, Excel, PowerPoint and Word
- Proven leadership skills Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Self-starter who has a genuine interest in the subject matter and is actively pursuing a career in information technology / web development / computer science
- Experience with Google Apps is a plus
- All applicants must be currently enrolled in college (Junior or Senior) at the time of the internship
- Intern candidates must be currently enrolled in college/university with at least one semester to go after completion of internship.
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Deadline to Apply:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please visit the CBS Corporation website.