Archive for January, 2012
This post was written by Tara Arora, our Campus Ambassador from the University of Maryland.
I recently had the opportunity to have my resume and cover letter personally reviewed by a PR professional, not in anticipation of being hired, but for the sole purpose of getting some constructive feedback. Let me rephrase…a PR professional took the time to give me one-on-one feedback on how to get my resume and cover letter in the best shape possible. Any regular student applying for competitive internships would treat her notes like a hidden treasure, but as a campus ambassador for the Intern Queen, I feel it is my responsibility to share the wealth.
Here are some of the big ticket tips I received on improving a resume/cover letter…use this information wisely:
1. Try to give results/metrics whenever possible: This was the first thing the brilliant PR professional pointed out about my resume. She has noticed that a lot of people provide a list of tasks they have done in previous positions, but these tasks don’t mean anything without results. Prove that what you did had a positive impact on the company. For example, if you assisted in the preparation of an event for a company, include the number of people that attended if it reflects the success of the event.
2. Start with the words that are used in the job description…and integrate these words into both your cover letter and resume. Your job as a striving intern is to prove to employers why you would be perfect for a position. What better way to do that than by telling them you can do exactly what they’re looking for?
3. Always remember to communicate what you can do for the company…not only what the company can do for you. It is obvious that internships will be beneficial to you, but that doesn’t help anybody else. In your cover letter and resume, make sure you highlight ways you would contribute to their company. They need to know why it would be worthwhile to have you as their intern.
4. Follow-up and try to speak with someone in person whenever possible: As if she wasn’t being helpful enough, this PR professional even gave me some great tips on the interview process. Make sure you follow-up! If you don’t hear back within two weeks after an interview, don’t hesitate to follow-up. This will give employers a taste of your determination and will show that you are still interested. Side note: Always send a thank you e-mail and/or handwritten note after an interview! (I even made sure to send a handwritten thank you note for her great tips.)
As long as we’re on the topic of cover letter, resume and interview tips, let me throw another one out there: BUY LAUREN BERGER’S NEW BOOK ALL WORK NO PAY!!! The Intern Queen provides endless tips for preparing your resume/cover letter. Have this book by your side, and you can’t go wrong.
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This blog post was written by Bianca Elizabeth Ortega, our Campus Ambassador from Belmont University. Bianca is majoring in Music Business and Marketing.
When preparing your résumé to apply for jobs and internships, there are several essential steps you need to take before you should even consider your résumé ready to send out to potential employers. There is always room for additional enhancement and creative flair (depending on the industry you are hoping to work in), but the following guidelines should be fulfilled regardless.
Include a Permanent, Professional E-Mail Address
As a college student, you’re likely to have been issued a university e-mail address for use through your college’s intranet. While these e-mail addresses are typically full-function e-mail addresses, many universities deactivate these e-mail addresses shortly after your graduation. Therefore, it’s possible that potential employers may not be able to contact you later on if you’ve only included your university e-mail address on your résumé. It’s important that you create a separate, permanent e-mail address with a professional username, so that your e-mail address will continue to be a means of contact past your college years. Don’t use an old e-mail address with the immature and unprofessional username you came up with in middle school.
Always Keep Your Mailing Address Up To Date
While in college, it’s not likely that you’ll have the same mailing address for too long, so always update your mailing address every time you move to a new dorm, apartment, etc. When you go home for the summer, make sure to update your address as well.
Use Action Verbs and Proper Verb Tense When Describing Your Job Positions
When writing descriptions for each of your current and past job positions, utilize action verbs to create meaningful statements that demonstrate your involvement and tasks. Boston College has a great list of action verbs available on their website, and you can view those HERE. In addition to using powerful action verbs, it’s also important to change the tense of the verb to past tense for previously held positions and present tense for your current positions. It doesn’t make sense to describe a past position like you are currently holding it, and the same goes for present positions.
Keep Your Resume Short and Sweet
Your resume should be 1-2 pages long, so be sure to keep all of your information concise. Use a font ranging from 10-14 pt. and utilize clean formatting that makes it easy for the employer to read. For each job description, you should have about three bullet points, each with a powerful sentence describing your job position. I typically have 3-4 jobs listed on my resume, followed by my activities and honors. You should always include an objective that should be tailored for each job you’re applying for, and if you’ve held a variety of positions, you can choose and change the positions listed on your r résumé, depending on the job you’re applying for.
Save Your Résumé as a PDF File
When you’re ready to save your résumé and send it off to potential employers, it’s essential that you save your résumé as a PDF file. Unless the employer requests a different file format, you should always send a PDF, because it will maintain all of the formatting and design features of your résumé. Nothing is worse than a potential employer opening up a résumé to find a jumble of text with no formatted layout or spacing. Steer clear of the option on applications to paste your résumé into text boxes, because the formatting will not be maintained. Always utilize the option of uploading an actual résumé file.
There are many additional ways to enhance and personalize your résumé, but these are five great ways to make sure your résumé is up to industry standards and is presentable for employers.
Thanks to our SUNY Cortland Campus Ambassador, Korrie Olszewski for this blog!
My best friend from college is in graduate school for career counseling. The role of a career counselor is very interesting. There are different levels of un-decidedness that people have and the role of the career counselor is to assess that and then to help people make and carry out decisions and plans related to life and career directions.
If you are applying for jobs and identify yourself as being: a.)Undecided; b.) Have an idea of what you want; c.) Know exactly what you want, but don’t know how to get there; or d.) Have no idea; then seeking a career counselor can help direct you in the right path to reach your full career potential. You can find a list of career counselors online, in the yellow pages, or your college career counseling office. Your college might offer certified counselors on campus for you. Make sure the counselor you choose is National Certified Career Counselor.
Many people have misconceptions about career counselors or don’t really know that they exist to help you find a career choice that is realistic for you and coincides with your preferences. Here is a basic explanation of how career counseling works:
1. The intake-interview process
This is where the counselor is able to learn a great deal about the client and gain an understanding of many aspects of the client such as their likes, morals, values and capabilities.
2. Use assessments and personality tests to help you find a job.
Assessments and personality tests help you to recognize your interests, values, personality characteristics, and skills and can be used for self-analyzing so that you understand yourself more in depth and the counselor can guide you in the right direction.
3. Understanding what well rounded is and how to get those experiences.
Just like when you were applying to colleges, companies also look for the “well-rounded individual”.
4. Make sure you are searching for jobs that coincide and match who and what you are as a person and your needs
The career counselor takes into account if you have the drive and interest for the job you are matched with (based on the skill set) so that your performance will be at optimal level.
This blog is written by our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, Megan, from Champlain College. She rocks! If you want to write for us email us on our site or comment on this blog!
Here’s your semester prep list:
- Fill your planner (or any other organizational tool): Get ready for that tedious class/work/internship schedule! Write all of your classes, work schedules, and internship schedules in one place so you can see everything that you have going on all at once. Don’t forget to include the locations of your classrooms—at least for the first few weeks! This makes scheduling appointments and dates much easier in the long run.
- When can you eat? After you know your schedule, look ahead to see if there are any days when you might not be able to get to sit down and have lunch or dinner. Make sure to stock up on snacks and a cool water bottle to bring with you on those days you know you won’t have time for food.
- Block out some “me” time: You don’t want to be that student with a month left in the semester breaking down in the middle of class because everything just suddenly became too overwhelming. Schedule some regular ‘me’ time and don’t let anyone try to double-book you! (Unless it’s to get something important done when you have NO other available time or option). You should be somewhat flexible with your schedule, but also firm when need be.
- Do you have time to sleep? I’ve tried doing the whole 5hrs/night of sleep thing. It doesn’t last very long. To be at your best during the day and amidst the rest of your hectic schedule, do your best to get at LEAST 6-7hrs/night. This may require you do to do more in your half hour time blocks between class and work so you don’t have leftover homework that requires you to stay up later. That’s okay! Learn to multi task! If you take a bus, subway, train, or trolley to get from one place to another, bring one of your textbooks with you and read a chapter en route!
- Got singles? Keep a few one dollar bills in your bag somewhere. In the event that you are tied up somewhere, you can at least get a drink or a snack from a vending machine or convenience store. Be sure to replace them once spent, just in case!
By checking off these 5 items, you are ready to start off your semester right! Time management is an important piece to doing well and succeeding in college. Keeping yourself organized is over half the battle! Good luck! Comment below with your tips and tricks for getting ready for the semester. What best helps you prepare to get your head in the game?
This blog was written by Jeanette our campus ambassador from Arizona State University. If you go to ASU, and want to blog for us, please comment on this blog!
Ever feel as if your internship isn’t up to par or that you’re not receiving enough tasks? Take initiative! Rather than sticking with the main public relations or marketing coordinator that you are always with, ask if it would be okay to help out other associates as well. During my last internship, I was able to work with many associates and learn more than I ever expected. Moreover, I was able to get to know more people in the office and I got to network with them over lunch. Not only did I receive more tasks, I was able to receive more opportunities. For example, I was able to work with the special events coordinator and act as a representative of the company during a weekend event. I even revised the company’s internship program to make it more effective for the company as well as future interns. If you ever feel as if you can do more at your internship, then do more. Take the initiative, meet more people and receive more opportunities— you won’t regret it!
This blog was written by Sara Newton, our University of Central Florida campus ambassador. She’s a part of our fashion blogging committee.
Check Out My Canvas
As the spring semester swings into full effect all eyes are on the new fashion trends. What’s hot and what’s not? Monday rolls around and the hallways are filling with fashionistas quicker than you can scan outfits. This spring supports bright neons, bold colored skinny jeans and backpacks. Yes, I just said backpacks. I’m not talking about your middle school zebra print JanSport backpack. I am talking about a patterned canvas backpack.
This craze is taking over campus’ one fashionista at a time! In order to be worthy of the spring fashionista scan you need this backpack. Juicy Couture, Urban Outfitters even the marvelous Jeffrey Campbell are all designers luring you to purchase this new trend!
Why are these bags so stylish you ask? This fun new fashion statement is a great way to express your personality. Not only are these bags available in the season’s best colors, they come in your favorite patterns. Floral, and wovens, and polka dots! Oh my!
So fashionistas, make the school bag change! Carry all your goodies in the most stylish backpack on campus.
Kim is studying Marketing and Computer Science at New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is passionate about tech startups, and has been working in the field since junior year of high school. She is currently interning at Atlas Venture, while juggling other responsibilities at foursquare, Intern Queen, NYU VSA, NYU Restaurateur Club, Tech@NYU, and Stern Student Council.
Pre-First Day Internship Prep
So after sending out all those apps and surviving that nerve-wracking interview, you finally landed your dream internship – congrats!
But the difficult part is hardly over – in fact, it’s just begun! And a successful first day will set the tone for the rest of your time with a company. Be sure to tackle these five preparatory steps for a successful first day on the job!
Dress code | Check with your internship coordinator about the company dress code. On your first day, dress one notch above that – just to show that you are serious about professionalism. Over time, you will get a better grasp for what is acceptable and can adjust accordingly. But for the first day, it is always best to be safe than sorry.
Travel | Map out the route from your home to the office – even do a trial run if necessary, on a day with a similar traffic situation. If you’re driving, make sure the office’s address is pre-set into your GPS and that your tank is full! If you’re using public transportation, check for delays the night before and leave ample time for the commute. It is always best to be early to leave a good impression.
Lunch | Not sure about a fridge or kitchen in the office yet? Don’t bother bringing in a perishable lunch – pack several snacks and a water bottle to keep you going through the day. Delivery.com and Grubhub.com will do until you figure out the food storage situation.
Supplies | Shoot an email to your internship coordinator to see what you need to bring on your first day – laptop, charging cord, mouse, etc. Other than that, be sure to pack your phone charger, wallet, several pens, and a notebook for jotting down thoughts/questions throughout the day.
Small details | Just run a quick mental check the night before your first day – chipped nail polish? Wrinkled trousers? Business cards in your wallet? These seemingly small details can make the difference between a good first impression and a great one.