Archive for December, 2010
This is a guest blog written by Kim, our NYU Intern Queen Campus Ambassador. Kim attends NYU’s Stern School of Business and is a marketing major. She explains how social media plays such a huge role in her life.
I am an utter social media addict.
Thanks to my torrid love affair with the Droid X (#teamandroid!), it wasn’t difficult to develop this fixation. The first thing I do upon waking is groggily grasp at my phone to check my texts, kiks, tweets, DMs, mentions, messages, wall posts, check-ins, pings, views, Twitpics, etc. – you name it, I probably browsed it at 8 a.m. this morning.
As a business school student, intern, and employee, it’s often easier to contact me via phone –you’ll often catch me running around NYU, swiping and tapping away at the Droid X. My phone has undoubtedly become my lifeline.
The other night, I was enjoying a night out at a Meatpacking District hotspot, in the heart of NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. I was happily dancing my heart out on the floor when one of my favorite house anthems came on. I quickly turned around in excitement towards my friends, only to find their three faces buried in the luminous glow of Blackberry and iPhone screens.
It was both an irritating and disheartening image – I wanted to share that moment with my friends, only to find them unable to detach themselves from their mobile devices. Later that evening, I was surprised to see their posts flooding my various newsfeeds; our entire night (from the cab ride to the late night chicken-and-rice run) was meticulously laid out through social media outlets, from Flickr uploads to retweets to Facebook statuses.
Granted, we’re all a little self-indulgent; I know I’m definitely guilty of over-sharing. Technology of the twenty-first century has made it ridiculously simple to constantly update others of our lives through social media. But I think it is such a beautiful thing to actually live in that moment, and not distract ourselves by documenting every second of it.
If my friends had put half the effort and time of that constant updating into being present with me, that night out would have been (ironically) more memorable. Instead, their impulse to chronicle the night for third parties actually detracted from the experience. Maybe I’m a little old-fashioned, but when I’m out to dinner with friends or hanging out with a fellow intern, I like to think that our time together is slightly more interesting than a 480 x 360 pixels screen.
As we welcome 2011 into our lives, let’s try to wean ourselves off of that constant social media connection – whether we’re out with friends, in class, or even at the internship. At Intern Queen, we’re always emphasizing that personal touch – so while it’s great to capture those moments through social media, the ability to actually recall that memory is so much more precious, worth more than any Facebook Mobile Upload or 140-character Tweet.
So instead of shooting off a mass picture message or posting a tumblr quote next time you’re out, put down the phone and cherish that moment with the ones you love. Be blissfully ignorant of technology and social media, even if only for those several seconds. Because at the end of the day, we’re all here for a good time – not a long one.
I’m definitely guilty of working this morning, as I write this blog. But let this weekend be your time to relax. Don’t worry about schoolwork, internship applications, or anything else. Take today and tomorrow to enjoy your family and friends. All of my Intern Queen users have been so productive and ambitious this year and I’m so proud of you all. I also want to take a moment to thank my Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors. You’ve all put together amazing content this year and I’m so excited to see what the New Year brings. Another thank you goes out to my amazing Spring 2010, Summer 2010, and Fall 2010 interns – Monique, Kayla, Alyssa, Andrea, Chandra, Cat, and Lauren – my little Intern Queens. Your dedication and hard work is inspiring. Thank you to everyone who has supported InternQueen.com this year. Looking forward to big things in 2011….
In the entertainment industry, one skill that is absolutely essential is the ability to network. A lot about it is meeting people and making connections, especially if you’re in a new career or area. This past summer was my first in LA and I didn’t know anything about anything. I reached out to friends of friends who had been in the area for recommendations, tips, hints, ANYTHING to help me survive out on my own in the big bad world of television. The problem people have is how to meet people and network.
One good solution is using your university. A big factor in why I chose my university was the relationship between undergraduates and alumni. Northwestern, as does many universities, setup a database to contact alumni based on their vocational field, location, even activities they might have done while in school. Alumni encourage students to reach out to them for questions and advice, which is exactly what I did. This past summer, I looked up alumni who was in the area and emailed her asking if she wouldn’t mind meeting up for coffee. I got a response from a woman who was quite happy that I had contacted her, and we set a date and time for Starbucks. It turns out this woman was a head writer for Scrubs, a personal favorite of mine. She has very easy to talk to, gave me some really good advice, and it turns out we had a lot in common. She then referred me to a university group for undergraduates on the west coast, which I would not have found by myself. I’m so grateful I used the website to meet up with her because I learned some things first hand that I wouldn’t have learned from anybody else. That’s one of the great things about networking- you meet people who want to help you and are happy to do it. I suggest you look on your university’s website for any kind of program or database to orient you with alumni.
Another great networking tool is through friends. A classmate of mine went to high school with someone who worked at the company that I someday aspire to work for. I (kindly) asked her for her email and I contacted her. I introduced myself and asked if she’d be willing to meet up for lunch and she happily agreed. During lunch she gave me the rundown of how she got to be where she was, gave me advice, and told me she’d be happy to help me in any way that she could. She could have done nothing and showed little interest in helping me, but there was only one way to find out. My mother once told me that if you never ask, the answer is always no. So, ask around! If there’s somewhere you really want to work, ask around to see if anyone you know has worked there, or if they know someone who has. Networking is an important skill to have in order to help yourself, and hopefully help someone else too!
What tips do you have for networking?
Today is the last Intern Queen Hot List of the year. Be sure to add your email address on our homepage to ensure you get this week’s edition. The IQ Hot List highlights internships that were looking to hire yesterday! These are employers that communicate with me about their intern needs on a daily basis. Obviously, everyone on the site is looking for interns but some are looking with a stronger sense of urgency than others. This is your way to find out who those employers are. The Hot List will also highlight our new blogs and we normally have a sponsor. The Hot List will go out in the next few hours. Get it while it’s hot! And pass it to your friends!
I will always tell you to use your resources and this is one of those times! We took one week off but at 7PM EST/4PM PST this evening, #internchat is back. I will be doing the chat live from my Intern Queen World Headquarters in Los Angeles, California. This is a chance for anyone to ask their internship questions to myself and Heather Huhman (@heatherhuhman). Please think about your questions and tweet them out this evening. Make sure to hashtag everything with #internchat. If you have ANY questions about internships, the application process, the resume, the dresscode – please make sure to ask them. Even if you don’t have any questions to ask, be sure to tune in and follow the feed #internchat. See you all tonight!
Whenever I speak about resume advice, I think about Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. I wish we could all use pink paper and spritz our resumes with sexy perfume – but that’s just not the case. Lately, I’m getting several resumes sent in that have the student address or phone number at the top of the resume instead of the student’s name. Always put your name at the very top of the resume. I thought this was a given. Make your name one font size larger than the rest of your resume. I also like to see the student’s name in BOLD. The employer shouldn’t have to search to find your name on a resume. Afterall, they need to know that all of the amazing information and experience on the resume speaks to YOU and YOUR capabilities. Good luck!
We all know that I’m looking over hundreds of thousands of resumes each month. I always find a few strange things on resumes that I like to bring up and share with all of you. I recently came across at least 5 resumes that had the words (text message only) listed right next to their phone number in the contact section of the resume. Why would anything about texting be on your resume? Why would you ask an employer to text you? Only list a contact number that actually works on your resume. You don’t need to list your parents number, friend’s number, and please do not put (text messages only). Let your friends and family text you. Employers need to be able to reach you via telephone.
Alex is a junior at Binghamton University in New York. She is an English Lit & Rhetoric Major with a Spanish Minor. Read some of Alex’s work here.