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Fall Internships are Coming! Did you Apply?

August 20, 2014

By: Austin Ambrose @tex_ambrose7

TypingFinding an internship is a big stress that many college students face in their academic career. The importance of having experience in the field a student is studying has risen. Many majors have made completing an internship prior to graduation a requirement.

Deciding when to start looking for an internship can be confusing. Students may think that there is a designated window in which internships are applied for. The simple answer of when to start looking: anytime.

Internship applications can be found year round, depending on when a student wants to participate in an internship. There are chances to complete an internship during a semester (spring or fall), the summer and even during winter breaks. There are always internship applications available, so it is never too early to start looking.

After a student decides when s/he wants to do an internship, the next step is to start looking and see what’s out there. Earlier is almost always better. As soon as a student is set on a time, go to resources that can help find internships available during that time frame. Good resources are academic department buildings, career and leadership services, and even professors of the university.

The typical period for when students try for internships is during their summer breaks. A good time to begin looking into these internships is in the middle of September. The most competitive internships have early deadlines for applications, some being in the middle of October.

According to internships.com, the bulk of internship applications are filled out between the end of February and beginning of April, and it is recommended that most of the application is ready before heading off for spring breaks. This will ensure that you are giving yourself time to complete all components of the application process.

If you want to find an internship at a specific company or organization, it is best to look at their websites to look for deadlines. These are also great places to identify what types of internships are offered through this organization or company.

Finding an internship is no easy task. The best thing that you can do as a student is to plan ahead, and be active in your searches. Starting to look as soon as possible will increase the number of internships a student will find, and can even raise the chance of receiving the internship wanted.

Resume Education Debate: Experience first, Education last

August 19, 2014

By: Angela Keane @angela_keane

I never thought ‘where to place education on your resume’ would be a questionable matter. I think it is safe to say that we all thought our education should go at the top of our resumes, but now people are saying it should go at the bottom. As students we feel the need to put our education at the top because we are currently in school and think that is the first thing a company should see. But honestly, it all depends on your experience.

At first I wasn’t sure where to put my education. I didn’t really have much experience on my resume so I decided to put it at the top. Now that I have an internship under my belt, I think my experience from that internship is top priority. So with that being said, if you have experience within your field/major your education should go to the bottom of your resume. Employers want to see the experience from your past internships over where you go to school. Yes, education is important but your work experience is going to determine how qualified you are compared to other candidates.

You may ask, “What if I don’t have much experience outside of school?” Your education should definitely be at the top of your resume. Since you don’t have the experience yet, it is your strongest asset.

Now some of you might be feeling that your college is a great selling point, so it should go to the top. Well not necessarily – the fact that you go to a top school doesn’t really trump your experience. Employers are still going to see your school but it isn’t the most important of your qualifications, so it doesn’t make sense to lead with it. Good experience will always trump education, just because you go to one place doesn’t mean you’ll get the job or internship over someone else – especially if they have more experience than you.

Putting your education at the top will not destroy your chances of landing an internship, and for those of you who don’t have experience, it can really help. If you are interested in making your resume as strong as possible, put your work experience at the top with three to four bullets and your education at the bottom.

Prom Dresses: An Extended Metaphor

August 18, 2014

By: Elaine Carey @snakesona_laine

First and foremost, a dress (cover letter) is a formal article of clothing (document) that serves as an important introduction between you and your prospective boyfriend (employer).

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Your prom dress is an opportunity to reveal your individuality! You’re unique. Showing off your great personality will help set you apart from the other applicants – errr, girls at the prom. Ok, ok. Here are some tips for writing a great cover letter.

Use an actual human name. Dear Sir or Madam? C’mon. Do your research and take the time to personalize. If you absolutely can’t find a specific name, at least include something like, “To the creative director at (company name)” If you’ve met this person before and are unsure how to address them, remember that it is better to be too formal than too informal.

Make them want to get to know you (but don’t show too much skin). This is the personality part. While effectively including serious, thoughtful reasons as to why you’d like to work for them, what you can contribute to the company, etc., let the real you shine through in the letter’s tone and voice. It is possible to be professional and fun at the same time, just find a good balance. Also, don’t just SAY that you’re crazy about web design, update your blog and tweet about the latest CSS developments. Be active in communities and forums.

NO ERRORS. No spelling or grammatical errors. No errors of any kind. That is all.

Remember: Short and sweet (No, not your dress length). Don’t ramble. Say what you need to say and be done. 

Let them know how to contact you. Needless to say, don’t forget to close with relevant contact info.

Admittedly, picking a perfect prom dress is pretty tough. While you definitely want to look classy, there’s room for some spunk. It’s up to you to gauge how formal/informal is appropriate, but stay true to you. Let your personality shine through and you’ll impress the whole school!

Here’s a great article with some additional advice.

Here’s an article with hilarious prom dresses.

Fall semester is just around the corner, are you ready?

August 15, 2014

By: Jess Carnprobst @jess_carnprobst

048_ohiouYesterday it hit me – I only have a week left before I go back to school. What?? How did summer go by so fast? I’m sure many of you are feeling the same way, and may even be going back sooner than I am. Of course, we’re all excited to go back to the beautiful home we call Athens, but there’s still a lot left to do before the summer ends. Here are some of my tips to help make that to do list seem less daunting.

1. Rethink everything you wanted to do when summer began

Did you make a list at the beginning of the summer? If so, then go through and check off everything you’ve already done. If the list was mental, write it all down then do the same. You should already feel much better. Now breathe, and make a separate list of everything you still want or need to do. Whether this includes going on some crazy adventure or updating your resume, write it down and don’t hesitate to get started.

2. Remember that a lot can be done in just seven days

If you’re looking at your packing list and your new to do list thinking there’s no way, don’t worry it can be done! Prioritize your list and start checking things off. If your list still seems too daunting after a few days, look over it again. Is everything really that urgent? It might be a good idea to save some not-so-urgent things for fall semester. Now that you’ve reminded yourself what is most important, make it happen! Go on a wild adventure, hang out with your friends and family one last time, maybe start packing the car. In a week’s time, you’ll be glad you crammed it all in, making your last week one of the best weeks of the summer.

3. Get ready for Athens!

Both mentally and physically, prepare yourself for the upcoming year because it’s going to be a great one! If you’re a planner, set some goals for yourself. If you enjoy channeling your creativity, make some crafts for your dorm or apartment. If you’re feeling very creative, feel free to share the love and teach me a craft or two (I’m trying to decorate my apartment, but I don’t want to end up with my fingers glued together). Whatever it may be, get yourself ready for your best year yet! If you go in feeling prepared and accomplished, there will be nothing stopping you from an outstanding semester!

 

Now it’s time for me to take my own advice and prepare for my move in less than one short week. Even though it seems like I have month’s worth of things to do, it will somehow all be done by the time I see those beautiful bricks yet again. I can’t wait to see you all there, let’s make this year fantastic!

Should it Stay or Should it Go? Summer Jobs on a Resume

August 14, 2014

By: Morgan Brenner @morganbren

HelpwantedAs the self proclaimed queen of minimum wage summer jobs, having had a different one every summer for the last 5 years, I would like to think every job has taught me something. However, if I were to put all of them on my resume most employers would just think I can’t hold a steady job or that I’m not consistent. Three of the places that I worked at shut down and another one turned out to be paying me below minimum wage – but who really wants to explain all that? Summer jobs sometimes clutter a resume and might make it seem more juvenile if you don’t have enough professional experience to outshine the fast food experience. But on the other hand, a summer job can add to a resume if you put the right ones on there. I like to go by a few rules when picking from my lengthy list.

Don’t use more than one or two

Maybe even 3, but that might be pushing it. You don’t want to make it seem like you jump from job to job, even if you were only in high school at the time. It seems that in today’s world an employer wants you to have been professional from the womb to when you’re working under them. If it relates in any way to the job that you are applying for now, then it would be a definite necessity on your resume. Use some of the other tips to figure out which job you want to add.

Use if you’ve held a position

This also works if you’ve gotten a raise, award or were recognized in any way at your job. Being a team leader instead of a cook shows qualities that go beyond what you put in your list of skills. If you were employee of the month or received a raise, it shows that you really cared about the work that you were doing when most other high school employees were only concerned with making money (even if you were too).

Use if your boss loved you

In a few of my jobs I got to know my boss really well. Even if they’re just the general manager of a Five Guys, they could make a great reference. I guess love is a strong word, but if the person you were answering to showed that he or she appreciated the work you were doing over others, then that might be a great job to keep on your resume if only for the reference.

Don’t use if you hated the job

This one could go a few ways. If you get asked about your summer job that you put on your resume, you don’t want to lie and say it was the best experience of your life when it may have been one of your worst. At the same time, even if it was a terrible experience you may have learned a lot that you might want to show off. It also really shows a lot that you stayed and tried to make better of a situation that was not in your favor. But if it was that awful of an experience that you’re only going to say negative things about it then please don’t put it on your resume.

Summer jobs can be a good filler on a resume, but it can’t just be any job. If you haven’t had a summer job that’s been enjoyable or hasn’t taught you any life lessons, that’s ok! Summer jobs are definitely not a must have on your list of achievements. The key to a resume is to highlight the best parts about you, sometimes 3 months of work at Panera Bread doesn’t do that, trust me I know.

How to reintroduce your personal brand

August 13, 2014

By: Hannah Wheeless @tweetsonwheels

reintroduceWhether you’re the CEO of Apple or a grandparent struggling to figure out the latest iPhone, you have a personal brand. The way you present yourself both online and in person is what others use to define who you are to them. For those of you who didn’t realize this until after a stream of inappropriate tweets and embarrassing Saturday nights as a college freshman, here are some tips on reintroducing yourself to the world as the upstanding member of society you truly are.

  • Understand your personal strengths. We all have our own talents, skills and traits worth highlighting. The first step in reintroducing yourself is figuring out which of those talents, skills and traits will set you apart from everyone else. Try making a list of what you’re good at and what you’ve improved on in your life up until now. Just make sure whatever you choose is truly you, not who you’re pretending to be.
  • Flaunt what you got. Once you know what you can bring to the table, bring it! The most efficient way to reintroduce your new self is through the power of social media. Redesign your bios to include clubs and activities you’re involved in. Connect with others interested in the same hobbies or career paths through LinkedIn. Starting up a blog is also very helpful in sharing your story in an interesting and creative way
  • Stay consistent. Once you’ve released your new brand to the world, it is important to make sure it’s easily recognizable to keep people coming back. Keep profile pictures consistent throughout all social media platforms or maybe create your own personal logo to put on your blog and resume.

Don’t forget to always highlight your strengths both online and in person so your personal brand can continue to develop and impress. Now get out there and show everyone the new and improved you!

 

 

Why You Should Have a Personal Blog

August 12, 2014

By: Jess Carnprobst @jess_carnprobst

jess cI recently wrote about why I love blogging for myself on my personal blog. After writing this, I continued to think about all of the ways creating my own blog has benefited me. I feel that everyone should create his or her own blog, and you should do it completely for yourself.

Express yourself

If you haven’t already, it’s time to create your own blog because it’s a creative way to express all of your passions and interests. Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m thinking until I write it down. Having the ability to write and publish whatever I want, when I want is a huge benefit for myself.

Having a personal blog is also a great way to showcase your portfolio. You can feature work you’ve done on other blogs or websites, as well as create a page with a link to your online portfolio (providing you have one). This organizes all of your work and makes it much easier for potential employers to see what you’re up to and what kind of work you’ve done.

Once you’ve created your blog your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) will significantly increase, especially if your title or subtitle includes your name. When people Google your name, your blog will be one of the first things to show up – leading them to your amazing work!

As I said before, the most important reason to have your own blog is to share whatever you’re thinking. When your assignments limit you to so many words on a certain topic that’s not necessarily interesting you, there’s no fun  in writing anymore. After a long day or week, nothing feels better than to come home and write down all of your thoughts. It feels even better when people start commenting on your blog with similar experiences.

Blogging helps you join in on the many conversations on the Internet. Nowadays, posting a blog isn’t the end of the conversation – it’s just the beginning. Moments after you post your blog you might see another with a similar topic. Tweet at or email the person or company and start a conversation about your similar blog post! People will be able to find your posts and link to them in their own blog. People love reading other people’s work and relating back to it, so why shouldn’t you? Join in on the conversation and speak to what it truly means to you.

Summer Spotlight: Kathleen Marincic

August 11, 2014 1 Comment

By: Kathleen Marincic @KathMarincic

photo 1As all summers seem to go, this summer flew by. It feels like just weeks ago, my parents were down in Athens helping me pack up my old house to move it all into my new apartment and I had close to 4 months of freedom in front of me.

With the exception of it going too fast, this summer was by far one of the best! After being bedridden for almost a week straight after a slow and painful wisdom teeth removal process, I was on the go with family, friends, work and other summer fun activities.

Most of my time was dedicated to my internship with Cleveland’s iconic West Side Market through the Cleveland Foundation. There were 16 interns in the Cleveland Foundation’s program that were all placed at difference nonprofits throughout the City of Cleveland. We would get together once a week and visit a different organization to learn what our fellow interns were up to and to experience the world of Great Cleveland nonprofits.

I worked directly with the manager of the West Side Market and created content for their bi-monthly newsletter, updated their brand new website, oversaw their social media efforts and developed a social media packet for vendors to implement in their own social networks.

I got the chance to sell merchandise from one of the stands inside the Market and even climbed the metal-mesh staircase to the top of the 137-foot-tall clock tower (in wedges I might add).

photo 2Another highlight of my summer was a family vacation to the glorious beaches of Oak Island, North Carolina. 16 of my relatives plus a two-year-old and a 4-month-old baby shared a five bedroom house with the ocean as its back yard for a week straight. We even made t-shirts and tank tops with our family crest proudly displayed front and center (yes, we are THAT family)!

Besides spending the majority of our time on the beach, we traveled to Wilmington, North Carolina to visit some of the popular filming locations of One Tree Hill and rode a ferry over to Bald Head Island, where there are relatively few cars on the island as every resident drives a golf cart.

After a summer full of wonderful memories and new work experiences through my internship, I feel fully prepared to return to Athens and conquer my senior year of college.

 

Is Having Two Part-Time Internships Good or Bad?

August 8, 2014

By: Elaine Carey @snakesona_laine

multitaskingAs far as dilemmas go, having two part-time internships to choose between is not too shabby. In fact, congrats! Whether one or both are virtual, or they’re both part-time and in the same city, you might not have to choose just one.

It’s not an uncommon scenario: You applied to plenty of internships, you went to a bunch of interviews and you worked your butt off! And great news – two of your top choices want you to work for them. Not readily willing to sacrifice one of those opportunities? Maybe you can do both, but there’s a lot to consider before you commit.

  • What else will you have on your plate? If you have to worry about a part-time job or classes in addition to the two internships, be absolutely certain that you can handle a hectic schedule.
  • Make sure you’re not spreading yourself too thin. If you won’t be able to do an outstanding job at both internships at the same time, pick one.
  • Take a look at past experience. Remember that one semester when you worked 2 jobs, took 6 classes, kept up with your blog and still had time for friends? Yeah, you can handle two internships. On the other hand, if you’re the kind of person who prefers a slower pace and gets stressed easily, there’s no shame in that. You know yourself better than anyone else. Make a decision based on that.
  • What kind of internships are they? Resume building is great, but is working two social media internships at the same time really beneficial? Not only would doing the same thing at both gigs get tedious, it wouldn’t give you a glimpse into other aspects of your future career. However, a virtual blogging internship that requires 10 or so hours of at-home work paired with an experiential marketing internship that requires travelling might work out perfectly!

There is no clear-cut solution to the age-old “two internship” problem. The answer lies within! Don’t drive yourself crazy, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself either. Good luck!

Scripps College vs. Scripps J School [infographic]

August 7, 2014

By: Kerry Tuttle @kerrtut

Instead of writing about the differences between the Scripps College of Communication and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Kerry Tuttle put it all in an infographic.

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